Treatment Isn’t One Size Fits All

Treatment Isn't One Size Fits All


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    Since people come from many different backgrounds and have many different needs, treatment shouldn’t be regarded as a one-size-fits-all approach. People are complicated, and therefore treatment can be complicated. This article explains why it’s crucial for treatment centers to consider a multifaceted and organic approach to treating addiction and mental health.

    Why One Size Fits All Fails

    Unfortunately, some treatment centers choose to pick the same approach for every person. This strategy might work for larger clinics that aren’t able to take a one-on-one approach to care, but this doesn’t tend to get to the heart of the issue. Those who try a singular approach only brush the surface. Those who “fail” staying sober after visiting these treatment centers blame themselves for not recovering successfully. They think, “well, it worked for everyone else, right? I must be the one who’s wrong.” This perspective ends up causing that person to be discouraged and believe that sobriety is impossible for them when this is simply not true.

    Addiction Is Complex

    There are so many factors that play into a person’s addiction. Thus, there isn’t a simple solution to achieving sobriety. It requires understanding all of the involved factors, including the idea that there might be many different reasons and motivating factors regarding why a person is addicted to something. Assuming that there’s only one solution ignores this critical fact. A good treatment plan understands this. It doesn’t believe that there is only one solution to a serious and complex issue affecting every facet of a person’s life.

    Everyone Has Different Backgrounds

    People have diverse experiences, upbringings, and interests. A person’s story is never exactly the same as someone else’s. What happened to them in their past can directly influence how their addiction works and how treatment might work. People also might take to certain forms of therapy differently. They might be interested in talk therapy, while others might be uncomfortable talking one-on-one and prefer a group environment.

    People Learn Differently

    A significant part of treatment is learning about yourself, your health, and healthier coping mechanisms. There are different modes of learning and ways people pick up information and apply it to their lives. One single form of therapy might not click with every individual. Treatment needs to adapt to these different ways of learning and be open-ended enough to work with the person rather than expecting the person to work with them.

    Underlying Conditions and Trauma

    Most treatment centers lead with the assumption that a person has underlying trauma since it’s so common alongside addiction. These places don’t ignore that addiction is often a symptom of something bigger. Ignoring underlying trauma doesn’t fix the actual problems, and centers that ignore underlying trauma risk retraumatizing the person they are supposed to be helping, which leads to relapse.

    Additionally, there’s also a chance that a person with an addiction has a second condition influencing their struggle with substances. Certain mental health disorders can actually sabotage a person trying to seek sobriety. Many use substances as a way to cope with symptoms of mental health conditions. This situation requires treatment centers to treat both disorders instead of one, complicating the treatment process. Diverse, challenging therapy is not a barrier to the restoration of mind and body. It just means that the treatment plan needs to be tailored accurately and precisely to fit the person’s substance use and any other mental health disorders they are or have yet to be diagnosed with.

    Everyone Has Different Needs

    People have different needs beyond underlying mental health conditions that are likely not being addressed outside of treatment. Issues left untouched or neglected in one person’s life might look and impact differently in someone else’s. It isn’t helpful to assume everyone is experiencing the same problems. A person could have no financial issues but struggle with nutrition and staying in good physical shape. Another person might have credit card debt and no job, but they have a healthy family system. Both people have an addiction that negatively affects their lives but has different reasons for turning to substance use.

    Another factor that is important to consider is that these specific needs change. People’s lives change, and in treatment, people might realize they have issues they did not even know were adversely affecting them and parts of their life that require more attention than they ever knew. This revelation requires treatment to be adaptable from person to person and cater specifically to that person in a fluid manner as their perspective of who they are and where they are in life changes. 

    Treatment needs to consider the entire individual and not just the surface-level issues. That is why rehab facilities like Villa Oasis San Diego are successful. We don’t view treatment as a quick fix. A person doesn’t enter treatment for a few weeks and then becomes okay. There are layers to the issues of addiction and recovery. A person doesn’t just “become” addicted. Their addiction is merely a symptom of a more complicated problem that cannot be handled with a cookie-cutter approach. Each individual needs care specific to their needs for treatment to be successful. Villa Oasis San Diego prides itself on its ability to care for the individual. Our luxury rehab facility offers our residence the top of the line care in a beautiful location. To learn more about our care and how it can address your needs, call us today at  (323) 739-8673.

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