Drug addiction treatment is not
addiction is a complex, difficult disease to overcome. Because of this, no
single treatment suits all patients. There are many different drug
addiction treatment options, and clinical professionals must decide how to structure rehabilitation plans so that they are tailored to individuals' needs.
addiction doesn’t occur in a vacuum. For many addicts, unresolved issues from
the past are at the root of addiction. For others, comorbidities such as depression,
anxiety disorders or eating disorders trigger drug abuse and addiction. Most
addicts cannot identify or address the reasons for their addictions without
professional assistance. Because of this, people struggling with drug addiction
benefit greatly from comprehensive rehabilitation programs that address the
whole individual, not just the addiction.
The typical course of drug
Nearly all drug treatment programs start with detox. Those with severe addictions may need to go through medically assisted detox, a process in which clinical professionals administer medication to manage withdrawal symptoms.
Once detox is complete, many drug treatment programs progress to behavioral therapy. Many different types of behavioral therapy exist, but the most common are individual or group counseling and cognitive-behavioral therapy. These help addicts learn to identify, avoid and cope with situations that trigger drug abuse.
In addition to behavioral therapy, drug rehab typically incorporates ongoing medical interventions, or pharmacotherapies. Ongoing medication use can help restore normal brain functioning, but should always be supervised by clinical professionals to avoid more substance addiction.
Support groups and fellowships, such as 12-Step support groups, are often part of care. These groups assure the patient that they are not alone and promote emotional healing through shared experiences and stories. Family support groups may also benefit loved ones affected by drug addiction.
Inpatient drug treatment programs.
For many, inpatient treatment programs are most effective. These programs provide detox, behavioral therapy, group and individual counseling, family education and medical interventions in controlled environments.
Caron’s programs offer safe, medically supervised detoxification, therapy and counseling, family counseling, aftercare plans and, when possible, pharmacotherapy—all within a professional, supportive, therapeutic environment. Contact us for more information.