Info On Drug Addiction

Info On Drug Addiction

Info On Drug Addiction:  Addiction Treatment

The very first step in the Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Step program gives us the key to Alcoholism Addiction Treatment. “We admitted that we were powerless over our alcoholism --that our lives had become unmanageable.”

That may sound trite, but there are two very important points for the person affected in that statement, that, (1) we are out of control and, (2) our lives are unmanageable.

I see people come and go from the treatment center every week. Some are seeking help after a repeat bout with the disease, while others are obviously there because someone else has either encouraged them or pestered them enough to force an action.

Sometimes a person is there because of a court order. Those who have had a relapse may be discouraged or angry with themselves, but they’re participating because they agree with Step One.

People who aren’t in agreement with that realization will most often say it’s the other person’s problem. If they’re there by court order, they’re often pretty angry about it. People who are either abusing alcohol or are in the grip of alcoholism may completely deny their problem, and when they enter treatment it’s with “kicking and screaming” and not their own idea.

Info On Drug Addiction: Why is addiction treatment necessary?

Why is treatment necessary? Consider the following pieces of information and make your own determination.

If a person with the disease decides to quit on their own, they stand about a 4% chance of staying sober for a year. Everyone wants to do it alone but very few succeed!

If that same person were to go through treatment, their chances of staying sober for the following year will increase to 50 percent. If a person goes through addiction treatment, accepts weekly aftercare and regularly participates in an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, their chances of staying sober for the next year increase to 90 percent. You can see that treatment and maintenance are effective. But it doesn’t stop there.

Info On Drug Addiction; There is no cure for addiction

There is no cure for drug addiction. It’s important to understand this vital fact. People trying to sell products will tell you that they can cure alcoholism but the really only want your money.

Because of that, alcohol addiction and alcoholism needs to be managed. People need a plan. Addiction treatment programs for drug abuse are varied, but we’ll give you an initial look at some of them. The treatment option that is right for you, or someone you love, is best outlined by a professional and we encourage you to seek help. The professional counselor or therapist is well equipped to map out the right strategy for the individual.

Correct diagnosis very important for Addiction Treatment

Like any disease, there needs to be a correct diagnosis, followed by a good treatment plan. That initial assessment may lead to a stay in a residential treatment center, or outpatient treatment, or participation in an AA group. In any case, it is important to tailor make the best possible program.

The program will be determined largely by a person’s battle with the disease. What is the level of dependence? Let’s say, for example, that a person is functioning well in life and they can demonstrate a level of control over their drinking, some minor intervention to assist in giving the person tools to help control the disease may be sufficient. However, if a person is farther down the path and they’re not in control, that option is not going to be effective. They must stop drinking entirely and that will take some work.

Info On Drug Addiction: There is a thirty percent dropout rate for outpatient treatment

There is not much evidence to suggest that inpatient is better than outpatient for Addiction Treatment, other than there is a 30 percent dropout rate in outpatient people.

The dropout rate for inpatient is about 10%, so that would suggest an edge to inpatient treatment. The following page will give you a look at the various types of treatment, and as you pursue options, you may want to consider what each has to offer.

In any case, we encourage you to seek help.

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Info On Drug Addiction: Questions about addiction

Tell grandparents about drug addiction?

by Ydnick 
(Denver, CO)

I would like some advice about the best way to tell my 82 and 86 year old parents about our 23 year old son's drug addiction and entry into a rehab program.

He's been dealing with this for around 3 years, seeing a therapist and relapsing off and on (Oxycontin) while using Suboxone in between. He asked to go to rehab, and we were encouraged about this. He'll be entering an extended care program like a sober house after rehab.

We've kept his drug problems from his grandparents because they have a lot on their plate and due to their age. I don't want to lie to them about where their grandson is and I think our son could use all the positive support he can get.

How would you go about breaking the news to them?

Be Calm and Truthful
by: Ned Wicker

Dear Ydnick,

Sometimes it is very difficult to share, or to try to explain addiction troubles with someone who has an emotional attachment, or who fundamentally does not understand the nature of the situation. Grandparents have a right to know, but telling them isn’t easy.

A substance use disorder (addiction) is a brain disease. In order for your son to become dependent on the opiate pain medication he had to have the right conditions in his brain.

One person may take a prescription of oxycontin and have no issues, while another person, through no fault of their own, takes it and something happens to them that causes them to desire more and more drug. The right factors came together and it happened, whether it was through a legitimate need to control pain, or because of an illegal recreational use.

Grandma and Grandpa need to understand that nobody sets out to be an addict, but the disease develops and they need treatment. They also need to know that they can be a big part of your son’s recovery by being supportive and offering encouragement. Your son is seeking treatment and wants to learn how to manage his disease, just as if he had a heart condition or diabetes.

Books like “Why Don’t They Just Quit?” by Joe Herzanek are very useful in explaining the nature of the disease and providing answers to so many important questions. Likewise, we try to answer those questions on this web site, but the important thing for you, if you are going to tell them, is to sit down and explain your son’s disease in a calm manner.

They may react emotionally to this but stay calm. Substance use disorder is a family disease, so they can play an important role in making sure your son has a successful program and can go on to live a happy and productive life.

Addicted to snorting pills?

by Malani

I'm addicted to snorting pills and smoking weed. I desperately need help???

One Step At A Time
by: Ned Wicker

Dear Malani,

It is good that you recognize that you have a problem, a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). That is the first major obstacle to getting better. There are many options available to you, depending on your ability to pay for services. I would recommend a physical examination to determine your overall health and to see if there are any other issues that would get in the way of your becoming clean.

Many people think they can handle their addiction issues alone, but this is not necessary and certainly not recommended. You need to get out of the environment and away from your daily routine. If all of your friends are drug users, get new friends. You need to turn the other way.

Seek treatment and follow that treatment with a good recovery program. You need the love and support of people who understand you, which is why Alcoholics Anonymous is such a valuable source of support. You need to make a decision to change your life and get away from everything that causes you to use and perpetuate your disease.

You can make a call to a local drug treatment center and ask them what your options are for treatment. If you do not have insurance or financial means, there are free clinics and county social services that you can call for a possible solution.

Remember, AA is FREE and if you are serious about kicking your habit, they will be there for you. It works if you work it. Faith-based groups, such as the Salvation Army, have excellent resources to help you.

Whatever you do, please don’t try to do it alone, or shut off your family and those who love you. You will not earn any points for being brave, or being self-sustaining. No person is an island, so allow others to love you and support you during this time.

You can do this, so make that first call.

and Finally Remember:

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8

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