Drug treatment is a set of therapies, coping strategies, and other addiction recovery techniques that are carefully structured into a treatment program to help a person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol overcome both their mental and physical addiction to the substance.
Treatment is widely available and largely effective given the proper time and willpower from the addict. For more information on treating drug and alcohol addiction, contact Louisville Drug Treatment Centers at (502) 909-3938.
If you notice any of the following, treatment at a reputable rehabilitation center is recommended:
Social and Mental Signs
There are three different types of drug treatment options that commonly available. They are:
Residential treatment is a form of drug treatment which is also commonly known as rehab. In this form of treatment, the recovering addict temporarily stays in the treatment center. This usually is for a few weeks but can be a shorter or longer stay depending on the treatment center and program the recovering addict chooses or needs.
Separating oneself from the outside world while going through treatment has some decided benefits. First, the separation means that the recovering addict will be able to focus purely on their recovery without outside distraction or negative influence. Additionally, there will be no temptation or possibility of relapse because the recovering addict will not have access to the addicted substance.
Outpatient treatment is essentially the opposite of residential treatment. In this type of drug treatment, the recovering addict stays at home for the duration of their addiction recovery and treatment. They attend treatment sessions a few times a week, but are otherwise continuing on with their lives as normal. This is a convenient form of treatment. However, it does last longer in total duration than residential treatment as it is not as focused.
In general, outpatient treatment lasts at least two months, sometimes more. Additionally, being out in the real world does have its downfalls, including the fact that it is easy to get distracted and miss or skip addiction treatment sessions. Another problem is the constant existence and risk of temptation for relapse as well as the possibility of it.
Inpatient treatment generally only occurs under special circumstances which involve the recovering addict’s physical or mental health status. In other words, if the treatment process could be dangerous in any way, particularly during detox, then a recovering addict usually goes into inpatient treatment in a hospital or mental health facility. This type of drug treatment is usually only temporary until the immediate risk has passed. Then the recovering addict moves on to outpatient or residential treatment programs.
Medical detox is a way to break the physical addiction a person has to drugs or alcohol. This is accomplished by getting the addicted substance out of the person’s system under the supervision of doctors. The doctors can and will step in to help treat withdrawal symptoms, particularly if they become severe. They can also make the detox process gradual so that the process is less uncomfortable and the body can more easily adjust to the changes.
Therapy, in both individual and group settings, will help to treat the mental addiction a person has to drugs or alcohol. Through discussing the issues that led to substance abuse as well as feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that contributed to the actions of substance abuse, the recovering addict will be to deal with those issues head on and come up with ways to cope with triggers and temptations for relapse and substance abuse.