Drug addiction treatment is used to help addicts resist using drugs again and can include self-help groups, outpatient treatment programs, inpatient treatment programs and counseling. Depending on the severity of the addiction the addict may also need detoxification to rid their body of the substance. Addiction treatment therapies such as counseling can help addicts stay sober and overcome addiction. The first step of treatment involves withdrawal from the substance and reducing drug abuse activity. This can result in ill effects such as chills, sweats, anxiety, depression, vomiting, nausea, and irritability or worse. Detoxification can help offset these effects and there are certain medications that can aid in recovery as well.
Family or individual counseling with an addiction counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist can help prevent addicts from using and help them resist the urge to continue abusing drugs. When developing ways to manage and cope with drug cravings, behavior therapy is usually recommended. Behavioral therapy can offer suggestions on how to deal with relapse if it were to happen and help addicts create strategies to prevent relapse and avoid drugs. Counseling may also include discussing an addict’s personal life, such as their job, relationships with friends and family and their job.
Treatment programs are another option for addicts and typically include therapy and educational sessions that zero in on assisting addicts with preventing relapse and getting them sober. Addicts can participate in these programs individually or with family sessions. Treatment programs are also available in a variety of settings including inpatient, residential and outpatient programs. Treatment programs may include taking medication for withdrawal or help with treatment if the drugs abused consist of heavy drugs such as heroin or morphine or other opiates. Medication can be a very important and effective element of treatment for patients when combined with counseling.
Withdrawal therapy is typically assigned to addicts who need to stop abusing a drug as quickly and safely as they possibly can. This often involves detoxification which involves gradually reducing the dose of the drug to ease the addict off the substance but it could also involve substituting the drug with a less powerful version of the substance that has side effects that are not as severe. Withdrawal therapy may include the use of depressants such as benzodiazepines and barbiturates. For many addicts an essential part of withdrawal therapy involves getting emotional support from family and friends to help them get through the roughest patches where they often feel alone.
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Cindy Nichols is the founder of 411 Intervention, a full-service intervention resource that helps individuals with addiction issues find treatment solutions. You can see an interview with Cindy here on Recovery Now TV.