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What Is Drug Addiction?

Drug dependence is a chronic disease sickness portrayed by neurotic or irrepressible drug craving plus use in spite of destructive results and alterations in the brain, which can be long term. Some of those who use drugs develop some dangerous behaviours due to these alterations in the functioning of their brain. Substance dependency is also a relapsing illness. Relapse is the reoccurrence to drug use after an endeavour to stop.


Addiction starts when the decision to take drugs is first made. With time, the user is unable to stop voluntarily the need to use the drug. The desire to search for and make use of drugs will now rely on a very huge urge. This is generally because of the impacts of long haul drug exposure on brain work. Dependence influences parts of the mind required in reward and inspiration, learning and memory plus control over conduct.

The workings of the human brain, coupled with human behaviour are altered by addiction.


Can Drug Addiction Be Treated?

It could, but through a complicated process. Drug dependency is a long-time illness from which it is not possible to quit at will and remain clean. For most patients, long term often repeated care is needed to help them stop using and continue on to get their lives back.


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Dependency treatment must assist the individual to achieve the following:

  • quit utilising drugs
  • stay drug free
  • achieve more productivity in the society in general and in the family and workplace in particular

Essentials Of Successful Treatment

These values have been observed since some scientific research was done in the mid-70s as the foundation for a successful recovery plan:

  • Addiction is a complicated, chronic disease that affects the brain and behaviour, but it is treatable.
  • No exclusive treatment is correct for everybody.
  • Easy access to rehab is of utmost importance.
  • Successful treatment looks at all the needs of the patient, not simply his/her substance use.
  • It is crucial to remain in treatment for a long enough amount of time.
  • The most common forms of treatment are behaviour therapies like counselling.
  • A crucial part of treatment is medication, particularly when combined with behavioural therapy.
  • To make sure the user's most current requirements are met, there is a need for continuous evaluations and adjustments to the treatment regime.
  • Other possible mental disorders should be considered during treatment.
  • The cleansing administered by medical personnel is the beginning step of the journey.
  • The treatment does not rely on the volition of the patient to yield positive fruits.
  • Drug usage amid treatment must be observed constantly.
  • Treatment projects ought to test patients for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis and different chronic infections in addition show them about strides they can go for broke of these illnesses.

What Steps Are Involved In Treating Addiction?

Effective treatment consists of several steps:

  • detoxification (the procedure by which the body frees itself of a medication)
  • behavioural counselling
  • Medicine (for opioid, tobacco, or liquor enslavement)
  • Making sure that coexisting mental health issues like depression or anxiety are evaluated and treated
  • long haul follow-up to forestall backslide

A variety of care with a customised treatment programme and follow-up options can be key to being successful.


During the rehabilitation, both physical and psychological issues are treated. Often, community or family based recovery groups or support systems are used as part of follow up care.


How Are Medications Used In Drug Addiction Treatment?

Meds can be utilized to oversee withdrawal manifestations, anticipate backslide and treat comorbid conditions.

  • Withdrawal During the detoxification process, medication helps suppress the physical reactions. Detoxification is just the very first step in the process and not "treatment" in itself. Patient who doesn't get any further treatment after detoxification as a rule resumes their drug usage. As revealed by a study of treatment facilities, 80% of the cases of detoxification involved medications (SAMHSA, 2014).
  • Relapse Prevention Medicines used in the detoxing programme help the brain to restore to its normal functions easier and stop the desire for the drug. Medications are accessible for management of opioid (heroin, prescription pain relievers), tobacco (nicotine), and alcohol dependence. Researchers are creating different solutions to manage stimulant (cocaine, methamphetamine) and cannabis (marijuana) dependence A person who uses more than one substance, which is really typical, require treatment for every substance he/she uses.

What About Behavioural Therapies And Drug Addiction

Behavioural therapies assist a patient to:

  • Change their mindset and conduct towards taking drugs
  • develop life skills that are healthy
  • Endure with different types of treatment, for example, medication

A patient can get treatment in several different environments using different approaches.

Outpatient behavioural treatment involves different programs designed for patients with an organised calendar of regular meetings with a counsellor for behavioural health. The majority of the programmes incorporate group or one-to-one substance counselling or both these forms.


These projects normally offer types of behavioural treatment, for example,

  • cognitive-behavioural therapy, which helps patients perceive, dodge and adapt to the circumstances in which they are destined to utilise drugs
  • Multidimensional family treatment created for young people with drug abuse issues and their families which addresses a scope of impacts on their drug mishandle designs and is intended to enhance general family working
  • motivational interviewing, which gets most of the addicts disposed to work on their behaviour and commence treatment
  • Motivational impetuses (possibility management), which utilizes uplifting feedback to support restraint from medications

At first, treatment can be as intensive as multiple outpatient sessions every week. regular outpatient treatment that involves fewer meeting hours few days of the week after the intensive treatment in the bid to ensure a sustained healing process.


Residential/inpatient treatment can also be extremely successful, particularly for patients with more serious issues (including co-occurring conditions). Authorised residential treatment centre offers 24-hour organized and proper care, including safe lodging and medicinal consideration. Inpatient treatment facilities can use many therapeutic approaches and are usually working toward assisting the patient after treatment to maintain a drug free, crime free lifestyle.


Residential treatment setting samples:

  • A therapeutic community that is a very structured programme in which a patient stays at a residence, usually for 6 months to a year. The whole community, everyone from the staff to the patients in recovery, act as agents of change, helping to change every patient's attitude, understanding, and behaviour toward drug use.
  • Residential treatment that is shorter term usually focuses on detoxification and beginning focused therapy in preparation for follow up in a community based setting.
  • Recovery housing that offers supervised, short-term accommodation for a patient, frequently after other kinds of inpatient/residential treatment. People can move onto independent life through recovery housing - it assists them for example to learn financial management or job hunting, while linking them to community based support groups.

Challenges Of Re-Entering Society

Habitual intake of drugs alters the normal functions of the brain, and various things can cause one to have a burning desire to take the drugs. It's basic for those in treatment, particularly those treated at an inpatient centre or jail, to figure out how to identify, ignore and adapt to triggers they are probably going to be presented to after treatment.