Substance abuse or addiction problem is increasing and lately victimizing our young generation. It is an ugly truth we have to face and deal with. Unless everyone: the government, community, families and individuals become vigilant in solving and preventing this problem, we will never win. It is a fight we should be willing to engage in and it is a fight we should win.
The number of addiction patients is increasing. It is not a survey we would want our loves ones or ourselves to be counted in. Symptoms and warning signs are already all over the web and in our community for us to learn how to detect early on if somebody we know is using or is already dependent to drugs. Prevention is always the best if it’s already happening; it’s never too late to get help or to help somebody in need.
What are the treatment programs available?
The very first step of treating an addict, whether it is illegal drugs of alcohol, is detoxification. Detoxification is the process by which the “foreign” or “unwanted” substance is flushed out; in this case, the illegal drugs. Detoxification is a process therefore is done in phase. It is usually assisted by medications that act as replacement for the illegal substance that we are trying to get rid of. It is a “painful” process because the patient will experience withdrawal symptoms.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Intense craving for the substance
- And a lot more
There are symptoms which are generally experience by all patients and some are not. Because the body have been dependent on the illegal substance for a long time, taking the substance away will mean another adjustment for our bodily system, hence the symptoms of withdrawal. It is natural and though it can be really hard and painful, the goal is to relieve the body of its dependency to the substance and that must be the focus. Easier said than done but it can be done and it has been done by so many patients already. You’re not alone.
Methadone is a medication used to treat addiction. It is in the family of opiates but with lesser addictive effect. It is used inside treatment facilities of clinics and used under strict medical supervision. Suboxone is another like methadone although the latter has been used longer. Both are a little pricey but there are medical programs and assistance which can help patients buy the medicines at a lower cost.
Individual patients are then assessed to see how they respond to medically assisted detox and are given specific programs that are tailored fit. Each case and patient is unique and would therefore need a specific treatment program different from the others. All programs however has group and individual counselling and family therapy.
Behavioural treatments such as cognitive therapy, motivational interviewing and incentives are being used also as part of addiction treatments. All of these are mind exercises aiming to modify the mindset of patients about drugs, life, motivations and situations which will help the patient avoid the use of illegal substances.
Victims of addiction can choose from a wide array of treatment centers and rehab therapy facilities across the country.
There are inpatient centers, where patients can stay as long as 90 days or more. In the inpatient or residential treatment centers, patients are being monitored on a 24-hour basis, giving them the much attention they need especially during the critical phase of detox and recovery. Outpatient on the other hand allows the patient to stay for the duration of the detox and then continue on with the medications in the comforts of their homes. Regular scheduled visits to their physicians are required as well as counselling and group therapy.