How Is Drug Addiction Treated?
Drug addiction is not easy to overcome, and it’s even tougher the longer you’ve been on drugs and the harder the substance you’ve used.
Addiction is a chronic condition and is considered to be a “relapsing” disease, meaning that while it can be treated, it is never completely cured. Just like people who suffer from a chronic disease like heart disease or diabetes, those who struggle with addiction must commit to lifelong changes in order to manage their disease. It usually takes professional guidance and months of formal therapy in order to learn how to do this.
Most types of drug addiction require detox treatment, which should be done in a professional setting. After completing detox and outlasting acute withdrawal, the individual should go through various stages of formal addiction treatment, including:
- Partial hospitalization or Intensive outpatient
It’s not uncommon for individuals to relapse during or after this process, so they may have to make several attempts before truly committing to sobriety.
After the detox phase, many drug treatment programs offer individual and group therapy, as well as educational sessions and holistic or complementary services (such as yoga, meditation, nutritional guidance, etc.).
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