Long term drug rehabilitation is not simple. Aside from treating the intense and often uncontrollable cravings which have led the addict to devastating personal consequences, the effects of prolonged drug exposure on brain functioning affect multiple circuits in the physical body – including those involved in motivation, learning and memory. These complicated issues make treatment a complicated matter as well.
Because of this, an effective addiction program can often incorporate many components, to each target a particular aspect of the illness and its consequences. Addiction treatment must first and foremost, help the individual stop using – but it should also give him or her the tools to maintain a drug-free lifestyle, and function again in work, home and in society at large.
Research has proven that treatment can help patients addicted to drugs stop using, help them to avoid relapse, and regain control over their lives.
Those seeking drug and drug rehab help should consider the following:
–Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical.
–Counseling can help treat underlying issues which contributed to the abuse
–No treatment program is “one size fits all.” Each person’s treatment plan must be continually reassessed and fine-tuned as treatment progresses.
–Treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective.
Counseling and therapy are both important elements of a process that often begins with drug addiction detox, followed by treatment and finally, relapse prevention. A balanced spectrum of care should include a customized treatment program which addresses all aspects of the addict’s life, and should include medical and mental health services. Each of these components, in it’s own way, is crucial to a person’s success in creating and maintaining a drug–free lifestyle.
Addiction is a very complex disease that affects brain function and behavior, but it is treatable. No single treatment will suit every person but tailored, personalized treatment is readily available in our quality program.