Social Model Drug Rehab

The social model program of alcohol and drug rehab centers use role modeling and peer support to encourage appropriate behaviors toward the desired goal of sobriety. A social system emphasizes learning through experience in a safe environment with mutual support of other group members. The roots of social model drug rehab can be found in the principles of 12-step programs originated by Alcoholics Anonymous in the late 1930s, which uses sponsorship and fellowship through group meetings to encourage and maintain sobriety.

Effectiveness of a Social Model Drug Rehab

Thousands of case studies have proven the effectiveness of social model programs in combating life-threatening illnesses and promoting positive lifestyle changes through group support. Cancer survivors, weight loss, and of course 12-step groups incorporated into alcohol and drug rehab programs are all examples of social model who come together to offer one another positive support to effect lifestyle change.

In the field of alcohol and drug rehab, Alcoholics Anonymous is the most widely recognized model for success in recovery. Numerous other programs, including Cocaine Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, have adopted the principles set forth by AA. Today most alcohol and drug rehab centers use the social model by incorporating Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step meetings into their recovery programs. Meetings may either be held on site at the drug rehab or in the local community.

Residential recovery homes are prime examples of social model drug rehabs. These residential drug rehab facilities offer a safe, supportive and sober environment generally under the supervision of a resident house manager who operates as an on-site role model. Peers learn to live and work together in a sober home environment, coming together in a larger group for processing and education on the disease model of alcoholism and addiction. This offers a more realistic environment than a hospital or clinic as the majority of men and women in recovery will return to a home environment following alcohol or drug rehab. Learning how to interact socially with others in sobriety is instrumental to staying sober. The social model basically offers learning through experience with the support of like-minded individuals.

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Alternatives to a Social Model Drug Rehab

There are a variety of alternatives to the social model drug rehab dependent upon varying societal views of alcohol and drug abuse. Whichever view you hold will determine which model works best for you. Below are some of the more common alternatives to social model drug rehab:

Moral Model

One of the oldest and long-standing views of alcohol and drug abuse is the moral model, which suggests that alcoholism and drug addiction is a moral problem that stems from lack of respect for societal rules or religion. Under this viewpoint the need for alcohol or drug rehab is a result of gluttonous indulgence and moral weakness, resulting in a sinful act punishable by the laws of society. Spiritual deficient character and conscious willful choice define the contributing factors to the Moral Model with a suggested course of treatment resulting from clergy or law enforcement.

Temperance Model

The Temperance Model began with a prohibition movement in the late 19th century banning alcohol as a contributing force to deteriorating moral values. Often confused with the Moral Model, the Temperance Model emphasized the idea of moderation as an impractical method to approach alcohol and drug treatment. Abstinence from alcohol was encouraged. The core idea of the Temperance Model is that the addictive and destructive properties of the alcohol or drug is the problem rather than morality. Abstinence and legislation were the answer.

Disease Model

Shortly following the repeal of Prohibition in the United States, Alcoholics Anonymous was founded by Bill W. and Dr. Bob on the basis that alcoholism was not a moral weakness but a 3-part malady of the mind, body and spirit. In 1957, the American Medical Association (AMA) recognized alcoholism as a disease in that it is chronic, debilitating, progressive, fatal if left untreated and ultimately treatable. The Disease Model supports the idea that alcoholism and addiction is a constitutional make-up of the afflicted person and cannot be cured but it can be arrested through lifelong abstinence through group support.

Psychological Model

The Psychological Model views the need for alcohol or drug rehab as resulting from abnormalities of personality (addictive personality) or character. Supporters of the Psychological Model believe traits associated include low self-esteem, poor impulse control, egocentricity, propensity for manipulation, inability to cope with stress and an overwhelming need for power and control. Treating an individual's need for alcohol or drug rehab with the treatment method from this model suggests psychotherapy, behavioral training and restructuring of an individual's personality in order to arrest the problem.

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SouthCoast Recovery offers Social Model Drug Rehab

Southcoast Recovery offers social model drug rehab. Our comprehensive social model approach emphasizes learning through experience. The goal is to offer structure, guidance, and support in a reality-based environment in preparation for a smoother transition into the community after drug rehab treatment.

Instead of a sterile hospital room, our clients reside in a comfortable home environment because upon completion of the program, most will return to a similar environment. This realistic family atmosphere provides the opportunity to practice new social skills among peers in the application of daily household activities. Likewise, attendance at area 12-step meetings provides the opportunity to build fellowship and share experience, strength and hope with others in the local recovery community. The 12-step recovery process is widely recognized as the most successful basis for recovery in the treatment community. We encourage involvement in the local recovery community as an integral part of our comprehensive social model.

SouthCoast Recovery also recognizes the importance of learning how to have fun in sobriety. Recreational activities indigenous to the southern California lifestyle, such as studio-tapings of reality-based shows like “Dancing with the Stars” or fishing charters for Albacore tuna, reveal that fun in sobriety is not only possible, it's necessary for a full life.

Following initial drug rehab, SouthCoast Recovery offers a transitional level for smoother acclimation back into society that few treatment programs can match. This is not merely sober living. Our experiential drug rehab program allows clients to progress from initial sobriety to productive members of society with the continued supportive environment of SouthCoast Recovery and the skills of an assigned alcohol and drug counselor. This is therapy through experience. Green-level clients are able to put the life skills learned at red-level into practical application with professional assistance. Our green-level clients continue to live in the safe, structured environment of SouthCoast Recovery homes and play a vital role in our recovery community.

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