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Guidelines for Effective Drug Abuse Treatment

Posted on :  September 28th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Effective drug abuse has been studied for decades and many discoveries have been made. Throughout the research, recommendations have been made regarding the way to properly treat patients. When you are looking for the best treatment options for yourself or a loved one, consider these guidelines as your recipe for success:

The treatment facility should understand that addiction is treatable because it affects the brain. There are chances that patients could relapse, but with a quality treatment facility, patients will not be criticized for doing so. Physicians and counselors will continue to support the recovering addict because the disease is understood.

Treatments need to be customized for each addict. The customization is dependent on the drugs that are abused and the personal issues the addict is struggling with. Drugs affect the brain in different ways and there are addicts who have dual diagnoses that require treatment, too. Treatment can include interventions, prescription medication, in-patient and/or outpatient programs, and different types of counseling.

It is always important that treatment should always be available – 24/7. When addicts are ready to walk into a facility, the facility needs to be open and available to accept them. Otherwise, addicts can quickly leave and never return. With drug addiction, it is always better to get help sooner rather than later.

Drug abuse treatment should always address the needs of the person. While it seems like it is the drug abuse that should be treated, the goal is to get the person (not the drug) back into a healthy way of life. Therefore, treatment needs to include the whole person – psychologically, medically, socially, legally, and vocationally. The treatment also needs to be sensitive to the gender and age of the patient as well as the patient’s ethnic background and cultural values.

Treatment needs to be given for the appropriate amount of time. Most addicts need at least 90 days before they are ready to go back to the real world. If patients are not given a long enough time to recover, there is a greater chance that they could relapse. If a patient has been addicted for a long time, it could take longer to recover. Good treatment facilities will have options for patients to work with if they need to make changes based on funding and time limitations.

Know that if you or a loved one enters into a drug treatment program, that program will include behavioral therapies. This type of therapy is designed to help the addict learn techniques to avoid needing to take drugs. The addict will learn how to resist the desire to do drugs by channeling energy elsewhere. Problem solving techniques and interpersonal skills are taught. Friend and family members might be included in the therapy, too.

It is also important to recognize that addicts are frequently given medications to help them manage the different stages of recovery. Fortunately, the medications are not given in isolation. Patients use them in conjunction with behavioral therapies and more. The medications that are often used with opioid abuse include methadone and naltrexone. With alcohol abuse, disulfiram and naltrexone are used. WIth nicotine addiction, patches, gum, or other medications are used. Physicians will customize the prescriptions to the addict’s need.

Since every addict is different, the treatment needs to be adjusted as the addict changes. Throughout the process of treatment, the addict will most likely move through psychotherapy, medication, instruction in life skills, family therapy, legal services, and more. Most addicts will go through a period of detox prior to other steps, since it is important to get the drug out of the body first. The treatment team will need frequent communication with the addict to know what changes are needed.

Finally, it is important to know that treatment does not need to be voluntary. Interventions can be made by family members, judges, employers, or other stakeholders so that people can get the care they need.

At Towards Recovery, we can help with all aspects of addiction treatment. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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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