Women’s Drug Rehab Destination Hope Addresses “Drynuary”

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Month long sobriety trend is not enough to cure an alcohol addiction.

Destination Hope Women's Program

Destination Hope Women's Program

Someone who attempts to manage an alcohol addiction on their own is likely to struggle.

Drynuary is a popular word this month, as people strive to regain the health and fitness that they may have lost over the holidays. It’s a spin on the words ‘Dry’ and ‘January,’ and signifies abstinence from alcohol for the month of January. Destination Hope: The Women’s Program, a respected gender-specific women’s drug rehab facility in South Florida, reminds people that one month of sobriety cannot cure someone of alcoholism.

“Drynuary may be effective for people who do not struggle from addiction,” said Ben Brafman, founder and CEO of Destination Hope: The Women’s Program. “It can help certain individuals modify their drinking habits and start the year off feeling cleansed. However, it should not be applied to addiction, which is a serious illness.”

One month of not drinking does not cure someone of alcoholism. Recovery is an ongoing process, one that benefits from ongoing support throughout the long-term. The concept of Drynuary is such that it can be undertaken as a solo endeavor, which is a sharp contrast to the methodology behind women’s drug rehab.

“Someone who attempts to manage an alcohol addiction on their own is likely to struggle,” said Brafman, a 20-year behavioral health expert. “My experience has shown that individuals who have a support community – that could include family, friends, peers in treatment, or addiction treatment professionals – have a much better chance of maintaining lasting recovery.”

Quitting alcohol for a short period of time has no lasting consequences. Addiction treatment, on the other hand, is designed to foster life-long recovery. Drynuary is essentially a cold-turkey personal experiment for people who are not dealing with addictions while women’s drug rehab caters to those who have alcoholism and need more tools for recovery.

“Each person is different,” said Brafman. “Drynuary may be useful for some people, and because of that it’s a good initiative. However, it should not take the place of a qualified addiction treatment program. Addiction is a mental illness and can’t be ‘cured’ by 30 days of abstinence alone.”

While many addiction treatment programs do include something similar to a month of abstinence, this month is supplemented with therapy and support, as well as followed up with aftercare and alumni meetings. Abstinence is only one component of a long-term successful recovery process. For ongoing sobriety, addicts need more than Drynuary.

Destination Hope: The Women’s Program is a full service addiction, drug, alcohol and dual diagnosis drug rehab for women treatment facility in Florida for women suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues. Treatment programs include: drug rehab, alcohol rehab, outpatient rehab, dual diagnosis therapy, family therapy programs, prescription drug rehab aftercare and women’s health programs to treat depression, anxiety and eating disorders. Destination Hope: The Women’s Program and its partner program, Destination Hope, provide gender specific therapy in an intimate treatment environment. For more information on the center or substance abuse and addiction treatment, please go to http://www.womensdrugrehab.com.

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