If you’re reading an article about addiction treatment, chances are you or someone you care about has a drug problem and you’re trying to figure out how to fix it. The problem may be new, or it may last for years. In any case, it is vital to use the right treatment for your situation if you do not want the problem to continue for years.
What are your options?
Outpatient care: These programs are often the least successful. The addict needs help in overcoming the pain of withdrawal. The symptoms can be so severe that addicts take the drug again to get relief, even though they really want to quit. There is also the issue of the environment. Being in the same environment where a person took drugs, with all the same problems, friends, habits, and so on, makes it very difficult to change.
Detox Programs: While supervised detox programs can help an addict safely quit drugs and make sure their basic needs are met during the process, a true addict often needs follow-up at an addiction treatment center. The detox center helps them get through the withdrawal process, but doesn’t address the problems that caused them to take drugs in the first place. Many addicts make the mistake of thinking that once they stop using the drug, they can quit on their own. As a rule, this is not the case, although there are exceptions.
Narcotics Anonymous: Like Alcoholics Anonymous, this program has helped many people. But many also quit and relapse. And others find themselves going to meetings for the rest of their lives. Some go several times a day. But the reason they need daily support for years is because the cause of their addiction has never been successfully treated, as a good addiction treatment center would be.
Drug substitution therapy: The most widely known substitution drug is methadone. People who have used heroin or other drugs before take methadone instead. They are still addicted, but have switched to methadone. Methadone is extremely difficult to quit, much worse than heroin, and sometimes people find it for the rest of their lives. Advocates of methadone often lead addicts to believe that the drugs they have taken have caused irreparable brain damage that will prevent them from ever functioning without drugs of one kind or another. However, people are generally not checked to see if this is true, so they take methadone for no good reason; they could actually recover from their addiction and the problems that led them down that path in the first place if they had used a different type of treatment.
Short-term residential drug rehabilitation: These programs usually last 30 days; enough time for a person to go through withdrawal, but no more. There was practically no real rehabilitation, and the causes of addiction were not eliminated. You can expect a relapse in the vast majority of graduates – perhaps up to 95%.
Long-term rehabilitation of drug addicts at the place of residence: this method has proven to be the most successful. This removes the person from his surroundings so that he is free from his usual influences and problems and can focus on resolving his addiction without being distracted. The first step is withdrawal, then the person begins to figure out why he became addicted in the first place, and he is taught life skills that help overcome these problems. In conclusion, they are sent with a new life program. A good long-term inpatient addiction treatment center also includes ensuring that the person is in good physical health and condition.
Although not everyone succeeds, the chances of relapse after long-term inpatient drug treatment are much less than with any other treatment model.
If you need help, check out the long term residence model first. While others may be more comfortable, there is no point in trying something with a low success rate first, as you will likely have to deal with recovery and relapse cycles that can last for years. On the other hand, the right treatment can completely change your life and the life of an addict in just a few months.