Drug abuse has been a growing problem in the world for many years now. And with more sophisticated drugs finding their way into clubs and other hangouts, it is relatively easier for teens and adults to be lured into substance abuse.
Many people believe that they can stop themselves before they get addicted to the substance. Most times though, intervention is needed to make them stop. And interventions are usually at a cost.
Treatment of Drug Addiction
The treatment of substance abuse depends on the type of drug used by the patient and the duration of abuse. A patient’s attitude is usually altered by the abuse but treatment can also be customized according to his characteristics. Treatment can come in the form of medical intervention through the use of therapeutic drugs and procedures or through counseling. But the best treatment program, as it has been found out, is the one that combines various therapies that address the problem and disease in its entirety.
Scientific and Effective Treatment
Over the years, experts in drug addiction rehabilitation have formulated more effective means of dealing with curing patients of this disease. As drug abuse almost always result from various factors such as family life, financial, emotional and mental conditions, and lifestyle beliefs, therapists approach treatment in a more holistic strategy.
To deal with the problem at its core, patients need to undergo behavioral therapy that delves into counseling, cognitive and physiotherapy. These procedures teach the patient ways to prevent relapses by giving him knowledge on how to curb his cravings. This is combined with medications that suppress the patient’s craving for the drug he is addicted to. With this method, success rate is higher than in those that only use either.
Greater success rates are experienced with after-treatment support. Patients who get continued assistance from other medical and psychological professionals are more likely able to rejoin society faster. Social services may also play an important role in keeping a former addict drug free.