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The Importance of an “Enriched” Environment in Addiction Treatment

The environment in which the person lives, works and plays is one of the essential factors that greatly affects the success rate of an addiction treatment. A study published last November 4, 2008 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) shows that environmental conditions affect a person’s recovery and prevention of a relapse.

The Study

The research has centered on cocaine addiction as numerous data and mechanisms exist for such condition but there is no clear-cut therapy just yet, which makes it really quite urgent to find effective treatment. Together with a group of researchers, Marcello Solinas and Mohamed Jaberled came up with a study where they exposed mice to an “enriched environment” during a period of cocaine withdrawal. As a result, abnormal behaviors associated with cocaine addiction were eliminated.

The environment is one which promotes physical and social activity, and stimulates curiosity and exploration. The mice were put in large cages with a small house, tunnels, a running wheel and other appealing items (which were changed once a week). After thirty days of exposure to the enriched environment, the characteristic behaviors of addiction were completely eliminated.

Significance of the Study

The findings suggest that people undergoing addiction treatment will significantly benefit from an “enriched” environment that offers different physical and social activities, and intellectual stimulation.

This being the case, at The Transforming Life Sober Living Center, we have all the facilities and amenities that will definitely make your treatment program a more worthwhile experience. We know that recovery is not easy, so aside from providing you with the best possible interventions, we also welcome you to a center that has everything that makes up an “enriched” environment to make the entire process a lot easier for you. We ensure that the relaxing, refreshing and homey ambiance of our center, with all the amenities available, will help reinforce your recovery.

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