TREATING A SUBSTANCE ADDICTION
- May 14, 2018
There are a variety of different programs available to treat a substance addiction and the right treatment plan will vary based on an individual’s unique issues and circumstances. Nevertheless, there are several elements that are common to all programs and are widely considered essential to the success of any professionally administered treatment.
Treatment programs typically begin with the process of detoxification, known colloquially as “detox.” Withdrawal symptoms experienced during this time can be intense and, in some cases, even life-threatening. The oversight of medical professionals can help ensure that the process is completed safely.
Medication often serves a dual purpose in a professional treatment program. It may be used during the detoxification period to help manage withdrawal symptoms and then again through the duration of the program as a way to prevent relapse and help manage other mental health issues.
Behavioral counseling is one of the most significant components of any addiction treatment program. The specifics of this process may vary, but it will typically include some type of therapy—either group, individual, family, or some combination of those methods. Through counseling, those struggling with addiction will have an opportunity to address the underlying issues that led to their addiction while learning about coping mechanisms and other strategies to avoid relapse and repair frayed relationships.
Last, but certainly not least, all professional treatment programs should include a long-term plan for follow-up care to ensure that the recovery process does not become derailed.
For the best chance of a successful recovery, it is important to choose a treatment program that contains all of these elements. At the Asana Recovery Center, we offer exactly that.
If you or someone you love may be suffering from a substance addiction, call the Asana Recovery Center at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about how our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program may be able to help.