Addressing the Root Causes of Addiction

Looking Beneath The Surface

The abuse of drugs and alcohol – along with other destructive behaviors – are not the real cause of addiction, they’re a symptom of something beneath the surface.

After a few months of treatment, a participant may become “clean” and feel healthy and recovered. Unfortunately, if the treatment ends here, most addicts will relapse. This is when the deeper work begins.

To attain permanent recovery, the real cause of addiction, not just the symptom, must be treated. The cause is what drives a person to drugs and alcohol in the first place. It is almost always some underlying issues that makes an individual unable to be content with life as it is.

Self Awareness & Counseling at JVA

To determine and treat the causes of addiction, each student at the John Volken Academy undergoes an intense process of therapy in a safe place. Through individual counseling, group sessions, and appropriate peer-to-peer interactions, students learn how to share their thoughts and feelings, while facing and dealing with difficult situations. They learn to reflect on their own struggles and gain valuable insight into the sources of these struggles. In time, the causes of their addiction are identified, and students learn how to “let go” and to deal with those issues in a healthy manner.

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