Drug Addiction Treatment Options

Drug addiction treatment options 

There are various types of treatment options that can be used to treat a drug addiction. While treatment options are tailored to suit the individual’s needs, there is a basis of each type. The ultimate goal of a drug addiction rehab center is to make it possible for the person to fully recover and achieve lasting sobriety. The immediate goal of any drug addiction treatment options is to reduce the abuse of drugs or alcohol. They improve the addict’s ability to function, and minimize any medical or social complications that can occur during recovery.

Addiction is a disease, and like most diseases, it can be cured. Statistics have shown that addicts who stay in treatment for at least three months usually have a better outcome that those who stay in for less time. They also show that addicts who have undergone treatment for a drug addiction are highly likely to obtain and keep a job when they finish with treatment. Over the last 25 years, research shows that addicts who attend rehab and get treated for addiction are less likely to commit crime.

The most common treatment options used to treat addictions to drugs and alcohol are medication, behavioral, outpatient, and residential. These can be combined to get the most effective treatment possible.

Medication Option

Medications are not always available for treating drug or alcohol addictions at certain centers; however, many do offer it. Medications can help to reestablish normal brain functioning, eliminate cravings, and help to prevent a relapse. There are currently medications to help people with an opiate, opioid, or alcohol addiction, but researchers are working on developing medications to treat other types of drug addictions.

Buprenorphine and Naltrexone are used to treat opioid and opiate drug addictions, while Acamprosate, Disulfiram, and Naltrexone can be used to treat an addict who has an addiction to alcohol.

Behavioral Option

Behavioral treatment used to treat drug or alcohol addictions work really well; such as, cognitive behavioral therapy, one on one therapy, and group therapy. The option to use behavioral treatment is to help the addict overcome their addiction, and can help the person to engage in their treatment process, modify their attitude and behaviors, and teach them healthy life skills.

Behavioral treatment can be used as an option to not only treat drug addictions, but also can be used to treat a wide range of psychological conditions; such as, depression, insomnia, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Behavioral treatment can be given in a variety of settings and can include several different types of approaches.

Outpatient Option

The outpatient treatment option is best for people who have an addiction to drugs, but may not be able to enter a residential treatment center; normally because of family or work commitments. Outpatient treatment is also beneficial to people who have left a residential rehab, but still would like to continue with therapies.

Outpatient treatment will include a variety of therapies for addicts. They will have to visit the center at daily or weekly. Many outpatient methods will involve one on one, group, and family counseling, and can help the addict get a job.

Residential Options

There are three types of residential treatment options for people suffering from a drug addiction. All of these residential treatment options are very structured and are very helpful in getting a person away from their everyday environment.

Short Term Option

Short term treatment normally last between 28 to 30 days at an impatient rehab center. These are inpatient treatment centers and normally involve the use of the 12 steps. Short term treatment is the most common method of treatment chosen by people with a drug addiction; and is especially good for those who have a less severe case of addiction.

While it is great that a person has decided to get help for their drug addiction, 30 days is not very long and is just enough time to get the drugs out of a person’s system and get them back on their feet. If a person is able to get treatment at a center for at least another month, they will be able to continue their care and learning in a professional and stable environment.

Long Term Option

Long term treatment is normally between 60 to 120 days long, but can be longer. Long term treatment is very effective as it keeps the person away from drugs, and it allows the rehab to teach the addict more on how to live a sober life.

Long term treatment is very beneficial for people who have severe cases of a drug addiction, as it will take them more time, therapy, and consistent work to reverse an addict’s way of thinking. This option is normally most successful when treating most addictions.

Therapeutic or Live In Community Option

A therapeutic or live in community are communities that allow a person to stay for as long as they need; although, most people stay for about 1 year. There are people who choose to join one of these communities once they finish treatment at a short or long term center.

These communities normally house people who have a long history of use, abuse, and addiction. They will teach everything that the short and long term treatment centers teach, but in more detail, for a longer period of time, and as a communal effort.

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