Drug Addiction

What is Drug Addiction?

drug addictionDrug addiction is a chronic and often relapsing brain disease that causes uncontrollable and compulsive drug seeking and use. People who are addicted to drugs abuse them despite long lasting, harmful consequences. Addiction causes dangerous health effects, including physical, emotional and psychological issues. Drug dependence also causes physical changes to the brain, causing developmental, behavioral and cognitive impairments, as well as memory and learning problems.

When someone is addicted to drugs, they have no control over how often they use or how much they use at any given time. They lose all ability to make rational choices. This is mainly due to the effects of long-term substance abuse which has affected their brain function.

To learn more about illicit drugs and other addictive substances, visit our drug treatment guide for helpful information.

How can Drug Addiction be Treated?

Drug addiction must be addressed and treated through a series of medical and therapeutic interventions. The important thing to remember is that every person’s addiction story is unique, and therefore, no single type of treatment is right for everyone. At Get Treatment, we understand the complexities of drug addiction, as well as the overwhelming fear and doubt many addicts have about seeking treatment. Our rehabilitation programs are designed to address the specific needs of each patient. We provide a multidisciplinary approach to treatment that combines tailored programs and rehab therapies.

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Treatment plans will be designed depending on the patient’s history with drug use, their physical and mental health history, and various other factors that are determined once a thorough evaluation has been performed. Each patient requires a unique plan customized to fit their needs during rehabilitation. We provide residential treatment, partial hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient programs.

Our treatment protocols include:

  • Medicated Detoxification
  • Individual therapy
  • Dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring disorders
  • Relapse prevention training
  • Addiction Aftercare Services

We provide a wide range of care across multiple levels of treatment. Our licensed and experienced addiction specialists work closely with patients to create a tailored treatment program and provide aftercare resources for ongoing recovery.

What Therapies are Used to Treat Addiction?

The most effective therapies for the treatment of addiction are behavioral therapies. Patients receive treatment through a variety of treatment approaches and programs. Whether they are in an inpatient rehab setting or outpatient treatment program, these therapies are provided to help patients understand the underlying causes of addiction, recognize their triggers and learn more positive strategies and behaviors for coping.

Behavioral therapies help to: 

  • Modify patients’ attitudes, thoughts and behaviors related to their drug use
  • Teach patient new and healthier life skills and coping techniques
  • Give patients an outlet to express their thoughts and fears about recovery

Inpatient residential treatment has been shown to be the most effective form of drug addiction treatment. It is especially effective for those with a long history of substance abuse and those who suffer from co-occurring mental health issues such as depression and severe anxiety. Programs can last anywhere from 30-90 days, depending on the rehab center and the patient’s needs. Licensed residential treatment facilities like the ones featured on Get Treatment provide 24/7 care and support in a structured and comfortable living environment. Medical professionals provide supervision and medications during the detoxification phase to ensure patients remain stable. Therapeutic treatments in the form of individual and group counseling, as well as other alternative therapies are used to help patients live a drug-free lifestyle once they complete rehab.

Once treatment is done, patients are given an aftercare plan to help them find the resources that will help them with ongoing recovery. These resources may include sober living homes, 12-step meetings in their area, and follow-up appointments with a medical doctor and licensed therapist.

Outpatient rehab programs are designed to help patients who have slightly different needs. Patients are not required to love in a drug treatment facility, and instead, attend regular behavioral therapy sessions to address their addiction. Outpatient programs are optimal for those who have already gone through detox or for patients who cannot leave their home or work responsibilities. Patients in an outpatient setting attend weekly individual and group sessions with licensed behavioral health counselors.

Examples of behavioral therapy programs used to treat drug addiction include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): This form of treatment helps patients recognize, avoid, and more effectively cope with triggers and temptations to use.
  • Family therapy: This type of therapy addresses the effects of addiction on the family structure, and aims at improving family dynamics and mending broken relationships.
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy: Helps addicts resolve their hesitation about quitting drugs and getting treatment.
  • Motivational incentives: Also known as contingency management, this form of therapy uses positive reinforcement to encourage abstinence.

Treatment for drug addiction is a challenging, but rewarding step to a healthier and more promising future. If you or someone you love is struggling to break free from addiction, we can help. Call (855) 638-9268 and speak to one of our trusted addiction specialists to learn more about our treatment programs and featured drug treatment facilities.


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