While battling addiction, addicts that are aggressively using, many have shattered relationships with family and friends. At Nak Union Union Behavioral Health, clients not only are trained for the fundamentals of recovery taught in numerous drug rehab facilities, but they are also taught to understand the benefits of community and friendship during group counseling gatherings and extracurricular activity and to actively partake and gain strength and self-assurance from sharing themselves with others. As they go through their recovery at NAK, clients begin to understand the importance of true friendship that can become a vital component in their pursuit for eminent long-term sobriety.

According to NIDA ( National Institute on drug abuse), Long-term treatment provides care 24 hours a day, generally in nonhospital settings. The best-known treatment model is the therapeutic community (TC), with planned lengths of stay between 6 and 12 months. TCs focus on the “resocialization” of the individual and use the program’s entire community—including other residents, staff, and the social context—as active components of treatment. Addiction is viewed in the context of an individual’s social and psychological deficits, and treatment focuses on developing personal accountability and responsibility as well as socially productive lives. Treatment is highly structured and can be confrontational at times, with activities designed to help residents examine damaging beliefs, self-concepts, and destructive patterns of behavior and adopt new, more harmonious and constructive ways to interact with others. Many TCs offer comprehensive services, which can include employment training and other support services, on site. Research shows that TCs can be modified to treat individuals with special needs, including adolescents, women, homeless individuals, people with severe mental disorders, and individuals in the criminal justice system (see “Treating Criminal Justice-Involved Drug Abusers and Addicted Individuals“).