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Benefits of Drug Abuse Treatment

Posted on :  October 17th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Do you have a drug problem or do you know someone with a drug problem and needs help?  Acknowledgement is always the first and most significant step in finding and getting the right treatment.  But are there any benefits to going through drug abuse treatment?  According to some studies, as much as a third of those who became abstinent for less than a year remained as such.  Less than 50% went into relapse and the percentage of relapse goes down further to 15% once the user gets to 5 years of being drug-free.

Is it Worth It?

Everything costs something including drug abuse treatment.  In weighing the benefits of the treatment, people will always go back to whether the financial investment that goes into it is worth the results that can be achieved.

According to the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), the cost of drug abuse to society in 2007 was about $193 billion.  Out of this cost, around $113 billion went to drug related crimes including victims of drug related crimes.The treatment cost was pegged at $14.5 billion, inclusive of hospitalization, health costs, and specialty programs.

Not only does treatment reduce the abuse, it is also a cost-effective way of reducing costs related to lost productivity, incarceration, and crime.  The biggest benefits from an economic standpoint is that costs of crime is greatly reduced.  An even greater economic gain is that the treatment of abusers is that it addresses other health related problems and disorders.  Even drug courts look positively on the economic benefits of drug abuse treatment programs with the cost of treatment averaging out at $4,700 compared to the $24,000 cost of incarceration per abuser.

A Time to Heal

Understanding that drug abuse and addiction is a type of chronic disease because of the possibility of relapse will help to craft and promote more responsive and effective programs.  Considering that abusers will not easily overcome their condition and come to the point of rehabilitation means having substantial investment in the necessary programs.

To put the money to good use, it is essential that every drug abuser is given ample time to heal.  This does not mean that each of them undergo long-term programs, but rather, have continued support even after they have gotten out of counseling.  This is intended to minimize the possibility of relapse thereby ensuring that every measure becomes a cost-effective one.

Normally, those who go into long-term treatment programs have gone to other programs before but did not get the desired results.  By using programs that will allow users to make adjustments to the way they think and live, the treatments become beneficial in bringing them into recovery and enforced sobriety.

For many drug abusers, having a sober lifestyle is a mystery because they have not experienced it before.  So one of the most important benefits of drug abuse treatment programs is to make sure that they do not get culture shock as they find their way back to society and normalcy without the addiction.  Adjusting their life would not be easy on their own, hence having the support of programs and groups to help them cope with other underlying problems is also a valuable benefit of treatment.

Bottom line is that none of the intended changes will happen overnight, even for first-time offenders.  Months of therapy, counseling participation, and other treatment strategies will have to come into play.  More importantly, you will need the right kind of people with the proper skill sets to make all of these things happen and ensure that the drug abuser does not go into relapse.  This makes healing possible.

To get the most benefit from drug abuse treatment, you need a center that engages in continuing education programs and combine them with consultation services that arrest the addiction.  This is what Towards Recovery Clinics, Inc. can deliver.  Call them now!

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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