How to Treat Drug Addiction
There is no single way to treat drug addiction. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), addiction treatment should be continually assessed and modified to meet the individual needs of the specific addict in treatment. This means the treatment should address where that particular addict is at that specific time in treatment. As a result, an addict’s treatment plan may change many times throughout the course of their treatment, depending on their progress.
Along the same line, there is no one-size-fits-all drug addiction treatment. What works for one addict may not work at all for another. Some addicts find a traditional therapeutic model – that incorporates both one-on-one sessions with a professional therapist and group therapy sessions with other addicts – to be best for them, whereas other addicts may benefit more from progressive, holistic treatments, such as art therapy, equine-assisted therapy or meditation practices.
It’s important to find a drug addiction treatment program that appeals to you. If you feel comfortable in treatment, you are more likely to stick with it and you then have a better chance at maintaining your long-term recovery. Thankfully, there are plenty of options available so there is undoubtedly one that is a good fit for you. Contact us today at our toll-free number and we’ll be happy to discuss these options with you.
Stages of Addiction Treatment
Drug addiction treatment won’t be effective as long as the drug addict is still using. He or she must get “clean” before the work of dealing with the addiction can begin. There are three steps found in most drug addiction treatment programs that help accomplish this goal:
- STEP #1: Going through drug detox to remove the physical effects of drugs or alcohol from the body
- STEP #2: Checking into an inpatient drug treatment facility or getting help from an outpatient clinic
- STEP #3: Continuing the treatment process by checking into a sober living house to reduce the risk of a relapse or taking part in other forms of aftercare
Certain types of addictions, such as those to marijuana or cocaine, may not require detox. When you check into an addiction treatment facility, you’ll go through an in-depth assessment process, including a physical exam and an interview. Your treatment team will then devise the best treatment plan for you. Feel free to speak up during this process; your input is important to the recovery process.
A Sample of Treatment Programs Available:
- Alcohol Rehab
- Drug Rehab
- Prescription Drug Detox
- Prescription Rehab
- Eating Disorders
- Group Therapy
- Holistic Therapies
- Individual Therapy
- In-Patient Treatment
- Women’s Only Treatment
Scientists and researchers are continually conducting studies that could potentially help make drug addiction treatment work faster and more efficiently. Most high-quality treatment centers incorporate the latest findings in the addiction field into their treatment approach. While the three steps outlined above remain the most essential parts of the addiction treatment process that the patient must undergo on the road to drug rehabilitation, many centers offer additional, complementary treatments to their patients. These treatments might include adventure therapy, yoga and exercise classes, massage therapy, and other experiential therapies. Luxury rehab centers are more likely to offer a more comprehensive list of additional treatments and activities.
Get Help for Drug and Alcohol Addiction
The first step in getting help is to find the right addiction treatment program for you. Call 1-888-202-3668 now to find out about facilities available to you or your loved one who is struggling with addiction. Trained counselors are available at all hours to provide you with information about all of your options, including exclusive facilities providing private treatment on a residential basis and outpatient clinics that allow you to continue to go to work or school while getting the help you need. Reach out today to get help for addiction.
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