Seeking drug treatment is the first crucial step in recovery
which indicates that the addicted individual is now recognizing
their drug use as a problem and is willing to admit they
need help with getting and staying clean. Sometimes, however,
the addicted individual does not recognize the problem and
requires an intervention by loved ones to encourage drug
treatment. An intervention is a plea for drug treatment by
friends and family who try to point out the devastating effects
the addiction is having on everyone. Throughout the course
of the treatment, the individuals involved in the intervention
promise to provide love and support during the recovery process.
Drug treatment can be in on an inpatient or outpatient basis depending on the
amount of help needed and the program best suited for the individual. Inpatient
drug treatment provides a removal from the individual’s natural environment
which is often essential in severe cases of addiction. Inpatient drug treatment
removes the individual from drug using friends, the pressures of work and any
other factors which contribute to their drug use on an everyday basis. The length
of the stay required for drug treatment varies on the program, the individual
and the intensity required for an effective recovery. The drug treatment administered
to the patient does not necessarily cease when the individual returns home and
is often times critical that it be maintained. Meetings, support groups and individual
therapy are often offered and sometimes a required part of the drug treatment
aimed at sustaining sobriety and continuing recovery. Addiction is a lifelong
problem and continuing a drug treatment program is often essential to maintaining
a clean, happy and healthy lifestyle.
Programs can entail many aspects of drug treatment and include counseling, medication
and a fitness regime to treat the mind, body and soul all suffering the devastating
effects of a crippling addiction.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.