Being addicted to drugs is an illness that is complex and at times known to cause a craving for the drug and if it continues, can be devastating to the person on the drug, as well as the family and others who love and care for him or her. For many that have a problem with drugs, the addiction to it becomes compulsive and begins to change a person’s behavior – both physically and mentally. Drugs affect one’s brain in complex ways but the most damaging thing a drug does to a person is how it interferes and manipulates one’s life.
Treatment for drug abuse is not a simple process; but a process that is complex, time-consuming and a process that has many aspects to it such as counseling, medication and support and direction from a drug abuse center or facility. One of the most important aspects of becoming drug-free is, of course, to ensure that the user in fact becomes drug-free so that he or she can return to a more normal way of living, where he or she can return to work, get their life back and become a more functional and caring person and where they can return to their lives.
However, it is sad to report that many drug users do not get the help they need. For those who get help from a rehab center, treatment may have to go on for weeks, months or longer. For treatment to be effective, it must be constantly available, must meet the needs of the person, beyond the drug abuse, and they must remain in treatment for as long as treatment is needed, and may they require the necessity of medications, especially during counseling and during behavioral therapy.
It is also important during drug treatment for an addiction professional to assess the treatment plan and to ensure that the changing needs of an addict be attended to in order for the treatment plan to be effective. It is also important, when necessary, to have a treatment program that also assesses patients for the possibility of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases. Diet and nutrition are also needed in this kind of program because often an addict has poor eating habits and is in need of vitamins and good nutrition.
Many drug treatment centers combine medication and behavioral therapy together because of the healthful effects it has during the detoxification process. Many have found residential treatment programs to be highly effective; especially for those who have problems that are much more severe, such as those suffering from psychosis or bipolar disorder.
There are other behavioral treatment programs that have been very effective in treating drug addiction such as Cognitive-behavioral therapy. This kind of therapy helps a patient to see clearly, avoid and then cope with situations where they might be tempted to go back to drugs.
In addition, multidimensional family therapy presents a wide range of help and information that helps the drug user and his or her family and has been created to help the family and the user to function better as they continue on the path toward freedom from drugs and a better way to live.