Drug addiction is a highly complex problem. It is characterized by cravings for drugs and compulsive seeking of drugs. Even if this leads to devastating consequences, an addict is incapable of stopping. It is certainly true that the first time someone takes drugs, they do so out of their own volition, but this ability to choose becomes severely compromised after time, at which point we can speak of an addiction. This is mainly caused by the way drugs affect the normal functioning of the brain, altering the reward and motivation system we all have.
Drug addiction has a lot of different dimensions. Furthermore, it affects various parts of a person’s life and the community in which they live. This is why there is no one size fits all treatment option. At Creative Care, we believe that an effective program has to be made up of different components, each targeting the different aspects of the illness that is addiction. We also specialize in helping people with a dual diagnosis, which is when they also suffer from a mental health disorder that also needs addressing. Complete abstinence is difficult if not impossible to achieve without the right care and support.
It is known from the NSDUH that 9.4% of our population over the age of 12 required some form of treatment for drug abuse in 2007. That equates to 23.2 million people. Of these, 10% attended special facilities such as Creative Care. This means that 90% required treatment but were unable to get it, which equates to 20.8 million individuals. We want to make sure that this balance is tipped as soon as possible.
The Principles of Effective Drug Treatment
It is a known fact that treating addiction in a controlled, clinical environment is the best way to stop drug taking behavior and to prevent relapse. This is why, at Creative Care, we follow the principles of effective treatment that have been developed over the past few decades. These principles include the assumptions that:
- Addiction is a disease that is complex, but treatable.
- Treatment options should be individual.
- Treatment should be available to all.
- Treatment addresses all of the individual’s needs, not just their addictive behavior.
- It is critical that treatment lasts for as long as necessary.
- Counseling and other behavioral therapy is the most effective way of treating drug abuse.
- Treating patients may involve medication, so long as therapy is also offered.
- Many drug addicts have a dual diagnosis.
- Treatment should start with a period of detox, but detox is ineffective without further treatment.
- People who do not want to get help can still be effectively helped through treatment.
- People who go through treatment must be constantly monitored to avoid lapses.
- Patients should be checked for infectious diseases and should be told about methods to avoid contracting or spreading these diseases.
Effective Methods of Treating Addiction
The two most effective methods of treating addiction are medication and counseling, and these should be used together. The process should start with a period of detoxification, followed by rehabilitation. Once the patients has rehabilitated, support should be given to prevent relapse. If a person relapses, they should be able to return to the previous stage in their treatment process. At Creative Care, we don’t judge. Our goal is to ensure that you are able to regain control of your life in a supportive manner.
Medication for Treating Addiction
In order to facilitate the treatment process, medication can be used. During withdrawal, for instance, a range of medication can be used to combat the symptoms of withdrawal. However, if medication that is also addictive, like suboxone is used, then patients will also require help to come off those drugs. If not, then their chance of success is the same as that of someone who received no treatment at all.
During treatment, medication can also be used to help diminish cravings and to assist the brain in rebalancing itself. The type of medication used depends on the drug of choice. Furthermore, some people use multiple substances and will require help for each of these. Unfortunately, there are currently no types of medication that can help with an addiction to stimulants or marijuana, although this is being developed.
The most important thing, however, is that the patient is also given behavioral treatment to help them fight their disease. Please contact Creative Care today if you or a loved one requires help with treating addiction. Take the first steps towards recovery today!