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What Is Drug Addiction Treatment, And Do I Need It?

Aug 17, 2007
Drug and alcohol abuse or addiction is the primary cause of accidents and death among teens with about 50 percent or more of all car accidents involve alcohol or drugs.

Almost all addicted persons believe at the start that they are capable of stopping their drugs usage thru their own efforts, without treatment.

Nonetheless, most attempts fail to accomplish long-term or lasting abstinence because of the fact that studies show that continuing drug use produces substantial brain function changes that persist even after you stop using drugs.

Because of this, major biological effect that an individual addicted to drugs struggles and has difficultly in attaining and continuing drug abstinence with no treatment.

Treatment for drug addiction

There are various kinds of addictive drugs as well as treatments for particular types of drugs vary and treatment likewise varies subject to the patients characteristics.

Problems related with a persons drug addiction also significantly vary. Many go through occupational, mental, social or health problems which make their addictive state harder to treat.

Choosing addiction treatment programs

When searching for addiction treatment programs, consider the following:

1. The persons age needing help?

2. The kind of drug used?

3. How long has he or she been using it?

4. What method of treatment has he or she undergone previously?

5. Any health problems not related to drug abuse?

6. Has the he or she been under psychiatrist or psychologist care? If so, what diagnosis has been done?

7. How will you pay for the treatment?

Treatment methods for drug addiction

1. 12 step

This method basically require person to attend social encounter with other individuals undergoing the same problem, wherein the 12 steps are used or put into action.
The 12 steps are taken from the Big Book and assumed that by performing the steps, an addict can be cleansed this way.

2. Long term

This method involves an addict going for a vacation to a camp or residential style setting.

The theory with this method is that a longer time that the person is away, the person has greater chances of staying drug-free.

TC or therapeutic community is the most popular type of residential treatment with planned staying period of up to 12 months and also include cognitive-behavioral therapy.

TCs concentrate on the reconciliation with the individuals inner person and socialization with other addicts and employ the entire programs community including the staff and the whole social environment, as active elements of treatment.

3. Medical detoxification

This process entails that drug addicts are withdrawn systematically from drugs in either an outpatient or inpatient setting, normally under a physicians care who uses medication unto patients.

Detoxification is known as an antecedent of treatment since it is intended and planned to remedy the severe physiological outcome of discontinuing drug use.

Because detoxification does not address the social, behavioral and psychological problems connected with drug addiction, it therefore usually does not produce permanent behavioral changes needed for recovery.

Detoxification is recommended to be used along with other methods of treatment to be most effective and successful.

4. Bio physical and social educational

Using drugs leaves behind a residue in the bone marrow and fat tissue and the bodys recovery from these drug residues can take about 5 years.

Side effects include depression, anxiety and cravings. And individuals trying to withdraw from drugs suffering from depression, anxiety or cravings often will use drugs again.

The biophysical part employs a purification sauna fro up to 4 weeks which cleanses all these residues out. The person will feel stress-free, rejuvenated and happy, well prepared for therapy.

The social educational part is built to demonstrate life skills, because a drug addict usually is a person who has trouble dealing with a specific problem.

Take note, programs do exist that successfully solve drug addiction at a victorious rate of about 90 percent. So it is very wrong to inform persons addicted to drugs that their situation is impossible to cure when many cures are available.
About the Author
Bill Urell MA.CAAP-II, is an addictions therapist. He teaches healthy life styles and life skills as a component of holistic addictions treatment. Decide now to improve impove the quality of your life. Click here: drug Rehab
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