In the United States many people have only a vague idea of the treatment available for drug addiction. It tends to be a subject that conversations steer clear of, a taboo that makes many addicts and their families and friends quite ill-informed. The suspicion that talking about addiction therapy and treatment will cause people to think that you or someone you know might need this kind of help has long kept it in the dark as a subject for debate and discussion.
The road to recovering from addiction is often long and difficult, but proper treatment is usually the first important step. There is no ‘let’s try this first’ solution. Contrary to popular belief, this treatment does not usually take place in asylums or drying out centers. The current fashion among celebrities of retreating to these sorts of centers, largely for publicity reasons, clouds the issue even further. It must be stressed though that this treatment is not easy. Addicts have to struggle every hour with their disease and successful treatment is only achieved after immense work and effort on their part. The stigma attached to addiction and its consequences mean that this sort of treatment is often considered shameful and not to be openly talked about.
Long-Term Recovery Without Relapse
The tendency for addicts to keep their problems secret makes proper treatment a hard and often last option, but a good addiction treatment facility can give addicts and their loved ones hope that recovery is possible with the least pain and discomfort. Long-term recovery is always the ultimate goal as treatment that leaves an addict on the brink of relapse for the rest of their lives is a poor solution at best and sometimes makes the addiction and craving worse.
Long-term addiction treatment is only achievable when the addict begins to understand the mechanics of their addiction. They need a clear picture of the way in which their addiction works, biologically, emotionally and psychologically, and many addiction treatments have extremely important nutritional and physical elements that enable them to succeed.
Outpatient treatment, and the traditional detoxification center that treat addiction with total abstinence have been shown in the large majority of cases to lead to relapse. They only attempt to treat one of the symptoms of the addiction which is the actual taking of the drug itself. These methods do not try and get to the root causes of the addiction and treat those in a way that allows addicts to lead normal lives. Although many addicts will see these methods as easier than attending a proper addiction treatment center, easy is rarely the way to recovery that will work, and every individual needs addiction therapy that is tailored to them and their particular needs.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organizations (JCAHO) certifies addiction treatment centers that treat addiction as the serious medical disease that it is. A proper treatment program will include detox and rehabilitation services and many psychological intervention and analysis techniques that aim to deal with the risk of relapse. Addicts who believe they can deal with addiction themselves without the help of a JCAHO accredited center do not fully understand what addiction actually is and how it works as a disease.
Just like other diseases such as cancer, addiction can only be treated properly with the correct medical procedures and methods. Medications are often proving very helpful and only a trained physician can administer these in a safe and effective manner.
Although deciding to beat addiction can be a useful step towards beginning recovery, it is not going to achieve the desired end result by itself, and attending a drug and addiction treatment center, although a difficult step to take, is the best way to start on the road to recovery.