Researchers also know that the complex phenomenon of addiction is different for each individual, and it isn’t fully understood why some people become addicted while others don’t. Addiction can be linked to factors ranging from genetics and personality type to self-esteem, personal experiences, abuse or trauma, lifestyle, nutrition, and even external circumstances and life stresses such as problems at work or school.
Research continues and scientists are working towards development of more treatments, including medication-based treatment.
An Element of Uncertainty Persists
Although scientific knowledge of addiction has provided tremendous insight into addiction, there is still a major disconnect between what we have learned about the illness and what should be done to help people who are suffering. Thus, even the finest drug and alcohol treatment centers and rehabs in the world continue to deal with a certain amount of trial and error.
This uncertainty is compounded by the fact that many addicts are in denial or tend to be dishonest about their substance abuse. Thus, treatment professionals may be unaware of factors that could contribute to successful treatment. This is why long-term treatment with a team of highly skilled professionals provides the best opportunity for successful recovery; the more one-to-one time that experienced therapists and doctors have with each client, the more likely the chances they will get it right for that person.
At Paracelsus, a very diverse team of experienced and dedicated professionals works with one client, one-to-one, many hours a day, to achieve exactly that: the best possible outcome.