What to Do When Your Drug Use Becomes Too Much

What to Do When Your Drug Use Becomes Too Much

Because addiction can affect so many aspects of a person’s life, treatment must address the needs of the whole person

So you’ve had enough. Enough of destroying your life and enough of destroying the lives of loved ones in the process. All because of drugs. Drugs are holding you prisoner.

Well, addiction doesn’t have to be a life sentence.

Proven, evidence-based treatment is available today, but it must address the whole person.

Recovery from Addiction Isn’t Easy — But It’s Worth It

Gaining the ability to stop abusing drugs is just one part of a long and complex recovery process. When people enter treatment for a substance use disorder, addiction has often taken over their lives. The compulsion to get drugs, take drugs and experience the effects of drugs has dominated their every waking moment, and abusing drugs has taken the place of all the things they used to enjoy doing. It has disrupted how they function in their family lives, at work and in the community; it has also made them more likely to suffer from other serious illnesses.

Because addiction can affect so many aspects of a person’s life, treatment must indeed address the needs of the whole person to be successful. This is why the best programs incorporate a variety of rehabilitative services into their treatment regimens. Treatment counselors may select from a menu of services for meeting the specific medical, psychological, social, vocational and legal needs of their patients to facilitate their recovery from addiction.

Treatment Methods Available Today

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – seeks to help patients recognize, avoid and cope with the situations in which they are most likely to abuse drugs.

Contingency Management – uses positive reinforcement such as providing rewards or privileges for remaining drug free, for attending and participating in counseling sessions or for taking treatment medications as prescribed.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy – uses strategies to evoke rapid and internally motivated behavior change to stop drug use and facilitate treatment entry.

Family Therapy (especially for youth) – approaches a person’s drug problems in the context of family interactions and dynamics that may contribute to drug use and other risky behaviors.

Best Research-Supported Treatment Approach

Research shows that combining treatment medications (when necessary) with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success for most patients. Treatment approaches must be tailored to address each patient’s drug use patterns and drug-related medical, psychiatric and social problems.

MEDICATION THERAPY – Different types of medications may be useful at different stages of treatment to help people stop abusing drugs, stay in treatment and avoid relapse.

  • Treating Withdrawal – When addicts first stop using drugs, they can experience a variety of physical and emotional symptoms, including depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, as well as restlessness or sleeplessness. Certain treatment medications are designed to reduce these symptoms, which makes it easier to stop the drug use.
  • Staying in Treatment – Some treatment medications are used to help the brain adapt gradually to the absence of the abused drug. These medications act slowly to stave off drug cravings and have a calming effect on body systems. They can help addicts focus on counseling and other psychotherapies related to their drug treatment.
  • Preventing Relapse – Science has taught us that stress, cues linked to the drug experience (such as people, places, things and moods) and exposure to drugs are the most common triggers for relapse. Medications are being developed to interfere with these triggers to help addicts sustain recovery.

BEHAVIORAL THERAPY – Behavioral treatments help engage people in substance use disorder treatment, modifying their attitudes and behaviors related to drug use and increasing their life skills to handle stressful circumstances and environmental cues that may trigger intense craving for drugs and prompt another cycle of compulsive use. Behavioral therapies can also enhance the effectiveness of medications and help people remain in treatment longer.1

For a positive, supportive, full-service treatment facility, find out why more than 10 federally funded research studies substantiate our claim to have a superior treatment approach — whether outpatient or inpatient, short-term or long-term care. In fact, those studies indicate that our clients are twice – yes, twice – as likely to experience continued sobriety after one year post-treatment compared to the national average of traditional recovery programs. And we evaluate for Dual Diagnosis because we want to treat the whole person – not just the more obvious addiction in isolation from the rest of who you are.

Friendly, knowledgeable admissions coordinators stand ready 24/7 to answer your toll-free call and provide you with all the information you need in order to make a wise decision about the best treatment facility for you. Why not call right now? We prove our worth, one individual at a time.

1 “Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction”, National Institute on Drug Abuse, http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/treatment-recovery , (Last updated July 2014).

February 8, 2016 | Drugs