Addiction treatment can take many forms and can treat many different types of addiction. Generally we tend to think of addictions being related to drugs and/or alcohol. Treatment of addictions to cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, crystal meth, alcohol, inhalants and prescription drugs must all be tailored to the specific substance. Many substances have varied withdrawal symptoms and the methods by which those are mitigated vary widely.
Addiction treatment does not just focus on the substance itself. Although this is an important and central focus of the solution, successful treatment must address the causes and the person themselves. The physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social factors that impact all of us as human beings are even more important to the treatment program. With these core aspects in mind, a treatment facility will be more successful. By treating the whole person and targeting the individual aspects of their daily lives, we can be more confident in the addiction abatement and a successful overall treatment.
When assessing the addict’s specific situation, it is important to delve into their entire history substance abuse. This exploration is likely to uncover other addictions such as eating disorders or prescription medication dependence, which may have preceded the drug use. Symptoms of pain, anxiety or depression are not uncommon either. In a large percentage of addictive personalities, there are underlying causes or “triggers” that contribute to the situation the recovering addict finds themselves in now.
When it comes to those underlying causes, the targeting of those is what often makes addiction treatment successful. By educating those people on the disease of addiction as well as providing education and instruction about the process of recovery, the success rate of treatment grows exponentially. With this education, the people in treatment learn to gain ownership of their recovery process. By “owning” the process, they become more engaged and tend to want to succeed. The recovery process needs to be their innate and inner desire. For the highest success rate achievable, this cannot come from external sources.
One of the more important factors in a successful addiction treatment program is subjectivity. By this we simply mean there is no one “track” for every person seeking treatment. Just like each substance has its own individual factors that impact addiction recovery, each person responds to various treatment options differently. Addiction treatment programs with the most success find the most suitable program for the individual and work through that track. The individual seeking treatment also has input into the program that further enhances their feeling of ownership of the process.
Addiction treatment is different for everybody and should be treated that way. Gender, history, motivation and social factors all play a significant role in defining the best method for that specific individual.