Initially Wary of Seeking Help, Naples Man Praises WhiteSands Addiction Treatment

How to Combat the Disease of Addiction

Like many addicts, former WhiteSands patient Matthew had never been to treatment and was apprehensive and nervous about the experience. However, the one thing he did know was that he needed help in overcoming his addiction. So the Naples, Florida residents reached out to WhiteSands and enrolled in treatment at their Plant City facility. While he wasn’t sure the counselors and therapists would truly understand his struggles, his hesitancy quickly faded as he began seeing how WhiteSands operates. 

“This was my first experience in a treatment center, and I did not know what to expect,” he said. “The therapists at both inpatient and outpatient gave me a lot of insight into the disease of addiction.”

At WhiteSands Treatment, not only do the staff members treat the underlying conditions of the addiction, but they also educate patients on the science behind the disease to better understand how recovery works. When patients truly understand that what they are struggling with is common, and the disease of addiction can be managed, they are much more receptive to treatment and recovery. 

The Importance of Understanding The Disease of Addiction 

Like many patients who enter WhiteSands Treatment, Matthew spent 30 days at their residential facility in Plant City and then continued with his outpatient treatment near his home in Naples. During patients’ time in rehab, they will work one-on-one with board-certified addiction specialists who help them better understand the disease of addiction. 

“Before coming here, I knew nothing about addiction other than I had a problem. I was so grateful for the opportunity to come to WhiteSands and get help,” Matthew said. 

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, call WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab today at 877.969.1993 to learn how we can help.

When patients learn about addiction and view it as a disease, they can better understand it. Like most other diseases, addiction can only be managed and not cured, which is why it’s important for patients to constantly work on their sobriety by attending outpatient and aftercare programs once they’ve complete inpatient rehab. 

“I was so grateful for the opportunity to come to WhiteSands and get help. I was even more grateful that there was an outpatient office close to me to where I can further my treatment,” he said. 

With 18 outpatient offices located throughout Florida, aftercare services are always close to Florida residents. When patients realize that addiction is a disease of the brain, that millions of others struggle with the disease, and there is plenty of help available it allows them to understand they are not alone in this journey. 

Mental Illness and Addiction 

Nearly half of those who struggle with an underlying mental health disorder are also struggling with a substance abuse issue. By uncovering the addiction’s psychological driving forces, individuals can better understand where their disease stems from and how to manage it with success. Some of the mental health disorders that are commonly at the root cause of addiction are: 

  • Generalized Anxiety 
  • Clinical Depression 
  • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) 
  • Bipolar Disorder 
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) 
  • Personality Disorders

Through medication-assisted treatment, counseling and therapy, those who struggle with addiction and a co-occurring mental health disorder can overcome their struggles with success. 

It’s very important to realize that you do not have to struggle alone. There is help available for all those who struggle with the disease of addiction. Contact the intake specialists at WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab today and learn how WhiteSands can help you. The rehab facility has certified specialists who are experts in helping patients understand the disease of addiction to have a clear understanding of how to overcome and manage it.

If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.