Drugs and alcohol addiction
Drugs and alcohol addiction are the worst things that can happen to your health. Overtime, these harmful habits break down the body bit by bit, ultimately causing you to collapse. With such harmful effects generated by these addictions, it is unfortunate that most people simply can’t give up their habits.
There are many reasons why people start taking drugs. Teenagers watch their peers do it, whereas adults might take pills and other medications to fight stress and anxiety. But countless people all over the world grow up in places where there is poverty and lawlessness. Hence, most of the children take up street drugs early in their lives and the habit develops even further as they grow up.Treatment Failures
Drug rehabilitation facilities are widely available, but sadly most people do not sign up for these services. Moreover, drug rehabilitation is a long process that often takes months and even years for a person to be completely clean and sober. Many addicts simply can’t persist for that long.
Failure of breaking addiction also has to do with the attitude and denial most addicts have. They do not consider drugs to be dangerous or their addiction has anything to do with their adverse medical condition. It is not easy to set aside your pride, admit your mistake and be humble enough to go for therapy.
These are reasons why so many addicts fail to break their habits.Types of Treatment
When you sign up for drug rehabilitation, there are different modes of treatment suited for different patients. These are as follows:
In this treatment program, the patient becomes a resident at the rehab center for 24 hours a day untill the therapy ends. This can even take months. Such a therapy allows the patient to focus on his health and recovery without any distractions of daily life.
Drug detox is also a part of this program, where toxins collected in the body due to alcohol and drug abuse are slowly removed. Often these treatments are accompanied by faith based healing which includes meditation to help the patients to fight their urges.
In this mode of therapy the patient does not stay at the center or the clinic, but only visits regularly. In other words, he/she will keep performing their daily routine while simultaneously being treated by a licensed therapist.
Out-patients receive treatments like group therapy, counseling, follow-up programs (if required), and the 12 steps. The 12 steps is a tried and tested method of addiction recovery where the patient is restored to his health and senses.
Out-patients can also undergo intensive therapy where they have to give up to 15 hours a week for counseling, which also involves psychotherapy. The basic aim of intensive out-patient treatment is to prevent the patient from suffering from slipping back to drugs.
Group therapy is also an effective form of addiction recovery treatments. Addicts usually become social outcasts, lot of time even disowned by their own families. Most of these people are divorced as well. So when they become part of a support group or live in a recovery house, they pull through their addictions while fulfilling their longings for social contact.
Finally, drug addiction recovery therapies also incorporate medical and mental health as many times addicts do need prescribed drugs to recover completely. The doctors conduct exhaustive examinations and review the patient’s case history to see if he/she is fit for prescribed medications. These medicines actually help to avoid lapses in patients as they break away from their former habits.
Anna Mathews is an expert on drug and alcohol addiction recovery, and has written mostly on the 12 step and drug detox therapy.
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