Drug addiction treatment

Drug addiction is a very serious condition that affects many people. The decision, either by the person or the person’s family or friends, to get help for a drug addiction is a difficult and sometimes painful one; however, the decision needs to be made, no matter how difficult it might be. Fortunately, the treatment programs are easy to find in any area, and advice can be sought online. Drug addiction progresses through very predictable stages, and that is how the programs are structured. Trained professionals are always involved, and finding the right program for you can be the decision that can save a life.

The Seriousness of Drug Addictions
Identifying one drug addiction as more serious than another is not very reasonable because at some point, all drug addictions can become life-threatening and brain-damaging. From the moment the drug enters the body, the person may feel exhilarated, high, or whatever feeling the drug gives, and want more of it; over time, more becomes more and more and it will take a higher dose of the substance to get the desired feeling. When this feeling is constantly sought for any reason, a drug addiction is under way. It is an obsessive behavior that needs to be stopped. It affects the brains functioning and behavior of the person. Some people may think they are in complete control of the situation and try to quit on their own, but this rarely happens successfully.

Types of Programs
Different types of treatment programs for drug addiction exist all across the United States. They have different lengths of stay, different costs, and accept different types of payment.

  • Detoxification. This is a process whereby the body cleanses itself of the toxins inside it. Detox therapy can have very unpleasant side effects. This part of the process can be done inpatient or outpatient, and usually requires medication to ease the withdrawal symptoms. Often, detoxification is not sufficient enough to cure a person, but it is usually a precursor to other types of treatments. The problem with detoxification, and the reason it is used in conjunction with other program types, is because it does not deal with psychological, social, and behavioral problems associated with doing drugs.
  • Hospital Based Resident Treatment. This type of program is best suited for those who have other health problems related or unrelated to their drug addiction. It takes place in a hospital and the length of stay is usually 10 days. During the stay, the focus is generally on detoxifying the body.
  • Free-standing Treatment Centers. These provide 24 hour a day care to the residents. The building specializes only in and provides services only for alcohol and drug addictions.
  • Long-Term Treatment. Long-term treatment involves an extended stay at some type of facility specializing in this type of treatment. 24 hour care is provided in these non-hospital settings. The length of stay can range from 6-12 months. Many times the focus is on “resocialization” and uses the staff and other members for support for the individuals. The treatment also focuses on renewing the person’s sense of responsibility and accountability. Activities are often done in this type of program. Individuals partaking in long-term treatment learn how to interact socially and build relationships. A good thing about doing this is that, while it is very structured, the program can be tailored to fit the individual’s needs.
  • Outpatient Addiction Treatment. Those individuals who are employed, can abstain from the substance for 72 hours, and who are highly motivated are best suited for this type of program. These individuals would live at home and attend the program a few days or evenings of the week. They last for 6 weeks, meeting 3 hours 3-5 times per week.

Why These Programs Help
Any program designed to treat those with drug addiction problems has been specially structured by a professional specializing in drug addiction areas.

  • The programs address medical, psychiatric, social, and nutrition needs.
  • Medical management counseling is always provided to the extent that it is needed.
  • Family programs are available for family members that have been affected by a loved one’s addiction.
  • Interpersonal relationships are built stronger by the programs.
  • Daily living skills are focused on and improved.
  • Attendance should be had by the individual at the 12 step programs offered at the facility.
Last updated on Oct 18th, 2010 and filed under Drugs and Medications. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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