Research has found that when treatment for addiction is not thorough, holistic, and comprehensive, then there’s a greater chance that a person might not succeed in their treatment. When the many facets of a person’s life are not addressed, then he or she may be able to get sober, but that person might later struggle with recurring relapse.
For this reason, drug addiction treatment should ideally be comprehensive. In other words, it should address the many concerns that a person will face when struggling with an addiction. This can include housing, vocation, family relationships, finances, health, psychological well being and more. If a person gets sober without getting the support to minimize the stress that can come with homelessness, unemployment, lack of income, or lack of family relationships, then there’s a good chance that person may not be able to stay sober.
Comprehensive drug addiction treatment should address the following components of a person’s life:
- Family relationships
- Financial services
- Child care
- Mental health
- Medical/Physical health
In order to address these concerns, drug addiction treatment might include the following services:
- Case management
- Self help/peer support groups
- Psychiatric services
- Behavioral Therapy
- Pre and Post Assessments
- Treatment Planning
- Substance Use Monitoring
- Social services
- Medication Management
Treatment may include a combination of two or more of the above. However, what’s important is that treatment has addressed the factors in a person’s life that might prevent them from staying sober.
Essentially, drug addiction treatment is intended to help a person stop their compulsive drug seeking behavior. Treatment can occur in a variety of settings, and as you can see from the list above, take many forms. Drug addiction treatment might last for a significant amount of time, depending upon a person’s needs and circumstances. Because addiction is considered to be an illness that is often reoccurring in most people, short term treatment is not always successful. For most people, drug addiction treatment is a long-term process that involves many facets, including regular monitoring
What’s important to know about the field of addiction and recovery is that it has been growing and changing over the years. The types of treatment services available today are often evidence-based approaches, meaning that evidence exists for the effectiveness of those approaches to create sobriety and healing in a person. Some evidence based approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and more. However, just because a person has received treatment, doesn’t ensure their sobriety. Other factors such as a change in lifestyle, having a support network, and a commitment to sobriety plays a role in their recovery.
If you or someone you know is in need of drug addiction treatment contact a mental health provider. It’s important to know that addiction is a progressive illness. This means that without treatment, addiction can get worse. By getting help, a person has access to professional support, peers, medical treatment, and psychological care to assist them into long-term sobriety.
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