When a person decides to end their addiction, they need support and help from as large a community as possible. In the past, this community has consisted of friends and family, peers going through the same recovery process, and clinicians, like nurses, doctors, therapists, and counselors. However, as the medical field learns more about addiction and treats it like a chronic disease, more rehabilitation and recovery programs are beginning to work with complementary therapies.
Everyone who struggles with addiction will walk a different path. Even if going through medically supervised detox and then entering a rehabilitation program is the standard path for most people, details of the specific treatment and aftercare are very personalized.