Principles of Effective Treatment for Substance Abuse and Addiction

Research is being done all the time always looking for better ways to improve treatment associated with drug abuse and addiction. Since the middle of the 70s research has shown that treatment helps individuals that are addicted to drugs and other substances. Treatment helps patients to stop using drugs, avoid relapse, and patients are able to successfully recover and restore their lives....

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The Use of Medications During Substance Abuse Treatment

Medications can be very helpful during detoxification for substance abuse because it helps to ease the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal. It's important to understand that medically assisted detoxification alone is just the first step in the treatment process. Research shows that when a patient goes through medically assisted withdrawal and doesn't receive any further treatment, their drug abuse patterns are similar to individuals that were never treated at all. In order for treatment to be successful, patients need to follow up with treatment when the detoxification process is completed....

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Addiction Counseling for Substance Abuse and Dependence

Addiction counseling is very beneficial for an individual recovering from the use of drugs or alcohol or any other addiction. Qualified professional addiction counselors work with their clients addressing all areas associated with their use of drugs or alcohol including their negative thinking patterns and behaviors....

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Detoxification

Detoxification is a process that a person goes through when they're addicted to drugs or alcohol and they stop using. When an individual goes through the detox process they are ridding their body of the drugs and chemicals associated with the substance or substances that were abused. Eliminating the body of these toxins helps to reduce physical symptoms that are associated with the effects of substance use....

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Residential (Inpatient) Substance Abuse Treatment

Individuals that are suffering from frequent or chronic drug addiction or alcoholism find Residential Treatment or also referred to as Inpatient Treatment very effective. Inpatient treatment programs are usually 28 to 30 days for a minimal stay with a more intense form of treatment compared to outpatient treatment. There are long term and short term residential inpatient treatment programs throughout every state depending on the individual's addiction needs. Because every patient is different the length of stay depends on the individual....

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Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment

There are many different kinds of outpatient treatment centers that provide a wide range of programs to help individual's overcome the use of substances and recover. Some outpatient programs offer more intense forms of therapy than others. Outpatient settings are less helpful for people who suffer from chronic addiction or have used substances for a long period of time....

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Pharmacotherapies

Pharmacotherapies are the use of medications as treatment for a disease. Addiction is a chronic relapsing disease that causes the individual to compulsively seek and use drugs or alcohol no matter what the consequences are. No matter how bad their life has gotten, no matter how their overall health has become, and no matter what the legal consequences are, when an individual is addicted they're unable to stop. Over time when a person uses drugs their brain chemistry and structure changes and they experience intense compulsive impulses to use more of the drug. Many times when treating substance abuse and addiction medications can be administered to help control and decrease these uncontrollable urges and manage withdrawal symptoms that are associated with their addiction....

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Sober House

Sober Houses are living facilities that provide a structured living environment for people recovering from alcohol or substance abuse disorders. Not all sober houses are completely the same but they are all drug free environments that are beneficial for an individual recovering from substance abuse. There are no drugs or alcohol allowed in sober houses; the people who operate the homes make sure these are substance free residential living facilities that promote abstinence and recovery. Individuals who reside in sober houses help and support each other during their recovery process....

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Behavioral Therapies for Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment

There are many forms of Behavioral Therapies that are used in treatment for drug addiction. Listed below are some of the behavioral therapies utilized in treatment programs and the areas they have proven to be effective in....

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Al-Anon

Having someone in our life that has a drinking problem no matter who they are has an effect on us and on our lives. We can easily see how drinking has affected the person in our life that has a drinking problem but we don't always see how it affects us. It's important to take the focus off of the problem drinker and work on our own emotional health and realize that you can't fix anyone else, you can only fix yourself....

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