Who benefits from treatment?
- A person that has an inability to control their use of a substance, despite harmful physical, psychological, or interpersonal effects.
- He or she has persistent cravings for, and a preoccupation with, obtaining and using the substance.
- Develops a tolerance, a need for increasing quantities of the subject to achieve the desired effect.
- Reduction of cessation of substance intake results in withdrawal, physical or emotional symptoms such as shaking, irritability, and inability to concentrate; withdrawal symptoms may result in resumption of substance use.
- There are many symptoms created by the specific substance/activity used.
What are the treatment options for addiction?
Inpatient Treatment Options:
The main advantages of using residential or inpatient treatment is that the drug abuser is under 24 hour supervised care. The physical component that accompanies the detoxification process can draw the drug abuser right back to their addiction. The inpatient program can help the patient through the withdrawal process and help prevent the user from going back to their addiction.
Outpatient Treatment Options:
These may help the patient meet other people with similar circumstances, which often boost motivation. Self-help groups can be a useful source of education and information too. Self-help groups are most effective for individuals who are extremely self-motivated and are often used in association with other methods of treatment.
- Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment:
Seeks to help patients recognize, avoid, and cope with the situations in which they would be likely to abuse drugs.
- Multidimensional Family Treatment:
This method is focused on adolescents and their families to address the range of influences on the adolescents drug abuse patterns and how to improve overall family functioning.
Help patients face their drug abuse realistically, come to terms with its harmful consequences, and boost their emotion to stay drug free. Patients learn how to resolve their emotional and personal problems without abusing drugs.
- Also can be used in inpatient treatment.
The Goal of Treatment:
- Reduction or elimination of substance abuse.
- Removal of access or temptation to illegal and dangerous drugs.
- Understanding of underlying co-occurring mental health issues.
- Develop healthy coping skills and stress management techniques.
- Build connections with supportive networks to encourage ongoing sobriety.