If you or someone you know has struggled with drug abuse or addiction, then you’ve likely seen the battle someone has to fight in order to break free from the dependency their substance of choice has created. Ultimately the answer seems simple, just stop using the drug and abstain from using it forever.
As straightforward as it may seem, the goal of drug therapy can actually be broken down into four different goals here at America’s Rehab Campus. Similar to using a bookmark for a long novel or reaching a checkpoint in a video game, the four goals help break up an otherwise overwhelming task into more attainable goals.
1. Identifying Drug Use and Problem Behavior
One of the hardest goals is also one of the most important, knowing what to look for when you have concerns about someone’s drug use. Being able to help a friend or loved one identify and overcome their addiction all starts by knowing there’s a problem.
Some ways to spot repeated drug use is through changes in their behavior. Users often begin to self-isolate and push everyone away that isn’t related to their forming habit. Those suffering from full drug addiction may not be seen outside of settings where drugs are involved as their life becomes centered around them. We’re available for free and confidential consultations to discuss any concerns you may have.
2. Intervention and Detox
Once the concerns of addiction or abuse are voiced, it’s time to start the first step to seeking medical professionals to provide the compassionate and professional services needed to overcome addiction. Helping someone with the paperwork and intake process can alleviate some of the pressure they feel when getting started with a detox program.
Medical detox is the practice of safely breaking the dependency cycle drugs create after prolonged use. It’s important to have this done in a medical setting as the side effects of quitting cold turkey can be life-threatening.
3. Drug Therapy and Treatment Completion
The third step is a favorite amongst staff as it’s a period of growth and breaking the chains of addiction for the patient, a true transformation seen in real time. Drug therapy intensity and length will depend on how severely addicted a user is and how hard of a drug they are on. New therapy methods are always coming out of research teams, giving options that around any schedule or other responsibilities.
For many, the option of attending group or solo sessions multiple times a week while living at home can be the perfect balance they need. Others will want to opt for full hospitalization or moving into a sober living home to receive 24/7 supervision and support.
4. Work To Avoid Relapse
After all the work is done and the patient no longer sees themselves as a problem drug user, they are free to experience the world without drug addiction holding them back. The fourth and final goal is to help keep this same level of freedom at all times.
Ongoing therapy and counseling services can help keep former drug abusers on the path to improving themselves. Our network of world-class referrals to after-care specialists can help make sure each and every successful recovery stays on a happy ending. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of medical specialists today for a private consultation.