The best time to start the road to recovery is NOW.
Addiction is still a societal issue not understood by many. People have this misconception that those who abuse drugs lack the capacity to distinguish what is morally right from wrong and that they could just simply stop the drug habit by just saying ‘No’. In reality, addiction is a complex disease with co-occurring mental health disorders.
All illicit substances alter how the brain works and this interferes with the person’s ability to make sound decisions. Once a person decides it’s time to kick the habit, they usually realize that an intense will and the intention to quit the drug use and get clean simply would not work.
In order to seek the help that they need, the primary step towards recovery is recognizing that substance abuse is becoming a serious issue in a person’s life and is causing a multitude of problems. Drug abuse can have detrimental effects on a person’s studies, work, relationships, and other aspects of their life.
Access and affordable treatment should be readily available for individuals with addiction. Lifetime treatment may be required for most people. This can be tough to maintain. That is why treatment plans should be customized and changed to deliver and meet the patients’ particular needs.
There isn’t a single formulation of treatment options that work for every person. There are several plans available and the most effective approach is a combination of multiple treatment methods.
Different types of therapy include:
A few types of facilities can provide a therapeutic environment, including:
Rehabilitation facilities are fully licensed and equipped to provide a safe environment and address any complications of the treatment program. These facilities have the necessary resources and professionals to provide any medical intervention.
Some examples of the facilities are the following:
Depending on the severity of drug or alcohol abuse and its symptoms, a recovering individual would need to take medication on a constant basis to stave off any complications. Long-term use of the medications also helps minimize cravings and prevents relapse.
But, more commonly, medications are used during the stage of detoxification to help manage symptoms of withdrawal. The kind of medication and the dosage varies depending on the substance the individual was addicted to.
However, we should stress that medications alone are ineffective in treating addiction. Medications should be accompanied by other treatment plans that are tried and true, such as psychotherapy.
Substance abuse disorder is a complex disease that needs prolonged, even lifetime attention. The kind of substance involved as well as the severity of the abuse dictates the course of treatment.
Behavioural therapy and counselling are often preceded by detoxification. It is vital to remove the illicit substance from the system first before commencing psychotherapy.
Once therapy is started, the individual will experience a shift to a more positive change in both attitude and behaviour related to drugs,
The entire course of treatment for substance abuse is a slow agonizing process, which can often take 6 to 12 months. Treatment should be undergone in a safe environment equipped with adequate resources and trained professionals to address the patient’s needs.
At The Arden Centre, we utilize a holistic approach to treating addiction. Our program includes all the necessary steps and practices that have been well-researched by professionals. We treat each patient’s physiological, social, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. We recognize that the factors surrounding substance abuse and addiction are different for each individual. We utilise a personalized approach towards treating addiction disorders.
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