Many Crack Detoxification and Treatment Programs to Choose From?
Drug Treatment programs for drug addiction are as varied as the types of drug addiction, and while our purpose is not to endorse one kind of treatment over another, we’ll try to give you a primer on the topic.
Types of Treatment
Drug Rehabilitation Treatment may consist of: behavioral therapy, medication, or a combination.
Behavioral therapy would include counseling, cognitive therapy and psychotherapy. Also, there is the 12-Step recovery developed by Alcoholics Anonymous, which is now used by over 250 self-help groups.
An Intervention may be required for Drug Addiction Treatment
Before you can choose a treatment program you may need to do an intervention. Click here for information about interventions:
But, before you choose which Crack Detoxification and Treatment is for you; you may want to consider what YOU believe.
Selecting a Crack Detoxification and Treatment Program
There are several things to keep in mind when selecting a treatment program, or center. Foremost is the fact that everybody has an individual need and treatment programs must be tailored to meet that need. One size fits all does not apply.
Recovery needs to take place in the right setting, with the right services and treatments to best effect a positive outcome.
Even if a person does not voluntarily check-in to a treatment program, it does not mean the treatment will be ineffective. Many people present themselves for treatment by court order, not of their own free will, and can receive the same benefit as those who are there voluntarily.
When a person is ready for treatment it is important for that treatment to be ready for him/her. Services must be available, because if a person has to endure being put on a waiting list, or has to drive long distances to receive treatment, the odds are against them from the get go.
It’s easy for people to fall between the cracks if help is not readily available.
In many cases, people entering treatment need to go through medical detoxification. While it is an important first step in the treatment program, detox is not the whole answer to the problem. People need to get the drugs out of their system, but that does not address the long-term problems of addiction.
Must meet your needs!
Treatment programs need to meet the needs of people, beyond the physical and emotional addiction problem itself. We are body, mind and spirit. Intervention that does not include all of a person’s needs falls short of the minimum goal of the program.
Addiction is as much about the spirit as it is about the mind and body. Many addicts going into recovery has legal problems to sort out, job problems, social integration problems. Every aspect of the person’s life needs to be addressed.
Needs change and treatment programs need to change as those needs change. Progress or the lack of progress needs to be assessed on an ongoing basis. What was necessary in the first phases of treatment may need to be changed as time goes on. Perhaps a patient is on medication initially, but will later require counseling or psychotherapy. There may be family matters to work through, or vocational training.
We recommend that whatever treatment program you choose that you also enroll in a 12-step program. A 12-step program will help address your spiritual needs rather than just your medical needs.We have listed each step below and hope that you will take some time to review each step and consider what it would do for your/your loved ones recovery.
Choose a Crack Detoxification and Treatment Program that is Age-Appropriate
Treatment programs must be age-appropriate, and sensitive to the culture and ethnicity of the patient. Again, the individual’s need is the key to determining the most effective path of treatment.
Sticking with Crack Detoxification and Treatment Programs is KEY!
Patients need to complete their treatment programs. Treatment can be a long and difficult road, so patients need to be encouraged to stick with it. Research suggests that people reach a major milestone in recovery after 90 days, but additional treatment can be helpful in taking the patient farther down the road to good health.
The problem is people leave their treatment programs early, often without reaching a significant stage in recovery.
Patients cannot expect to recover if they have to do it alone. Connection to other people is necessary, and in the case of recovery, having sessions with a counselor or being part of a group is an important component of the program.
Many patients, who are addicted to opiates, such as heroin, benefit from Addiction Drug Rehab, using Methadone and LAAM (levo-alpha-acetylmethadol.
Naltrexone is used for patients addicted to opiates, but who are also dependent on alcohol. Smoking addiction is treated with bupropion.
Other medical problems, such as hepatitis B and C are associated with drug abuse and addiction. HIV/AIDS is another major concern and programs need to assess these conditions and provide training for patients to avoid infection.
Mental Health Needs to Be Considered
Patients with mental problems can be helped with a variety of behavioral drugs and treatments. Patients with both drug addiction and mental disorders need a program that works with both aspects. Assessment of these needs is critical in establishing a treatment program that will effectively restore the patient’s health and well-being.
Drug Use MUST Be Monitored!
While in treatment, patients must not be using drugs. Drug use needs to be monitored, and this can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Most commonly, a urinalysis or some other test is sufficient. If a relapse occurs, and the patient uses drugs during the treatment program, his/her individual treatment plan may require modification. It is important for the treatment program to have a steady, objective monitoring program to meet the needs of the patient.
Just as one size does not fit all patients, sometimes one Crack Detoxification and Treatment program does not completely rid the patient of the addiction problem. Therefore, many patients need subsequent Crack Detoxification and Treatment programs to win over the addiction. By nature, people like to do things their own way
They make mistakes, they stumble and fall.
Sometimes long-term programs are the answer, or many times through the program to get past relapses.
I am the mother of a currently incarcerated crack addict.
I am the mother of a currently incarcerated crack addict. He has been
living with this addiction for many years. During this jail sentence, I
want to supply him with the tools he needs to be prepared when he is
free to make his own decisions again.
That's the problem. If the temptation is not around, he's fine. But if it presents itself, he can't say no. Trying to find him a pen pal that has been through the addiction and daily struggles.
Some one who can relate to where he is in his life, and prepare him for when he gets out, a realistic look is my goal. I want him to be prepared to be successful. Do you know any such groups/organizations? Do you have any ideas? Thank you for any guidance you can provide.
You Can Take Action
by: Ned Wicker
Rather than a pen pal, why not encourage him to make new friends and have people around to offer help and support. Your son sits in jail, but is he getting treatment?
Probably not, so when he gets out, he will still be an addict and will likely go back to using as soon as he is given the opportunity. The very least you can do is to call Al-anon and tell them your story. Their members are there to help you and offer support.
Meanwhile, your son can attend Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings and surround himself with caring, understanding people. Both of you need to learn how to fight this disease. He must also get a sponsor for moral support. A sponsor is like a pen pal but they are actually there in person.
I am sure he is going to tell you that he wants to stay clean and you are going to want to believe him. The trouble is you already know what he’s going to do, so don’t fall into that trap.
If he is at all serious about staying clean and living a healthy, productive life, he is going to have to take the necessary steps to ensure his well being.
If he puts you off about going into treatment, or attending meetings, or doing anything about his disease, you will know you’re going to lose the battle.
You need to set rules, boundaries and limitations for your son when he returns. He is going to need structure and you need to be committed to maintaining that structure.
You talk of him making his own decisions, but he needs to earn the right to make those decisions. He needs to establish a good track record first. I know you expect your son to act responsibly, but you need to inspect what you expect.
Make the call to Al-anon and learn what you can do to help him.