• Does Relapse Signal The Failure of Treatment? – There are many people who join rehab facilities and still end up relapsing. Multiple rehabs end up in relapses too and if you are one of them, there is no shame because you are not alone. Recovery can be difficult and chances of failure are high.
However, just because you relapsed does not mean that the treatment failed. Many addictions work in a similar way like chronic conditions. This is especially true for drug addiction. Sometimes, when there is a relapse, it means that the behavior of the addiction has changed and the treatment needs to be adjusted accordingly to counteract this change.
• How Effective Are the Treatment Programs? – There are 23.5 million teens that have an addiction to alcohol or drugs but only 10% of them actually seek treatment for their addiction. Even after that, most of them relapse because the programs do not treat the underlying condition and the cause of the addiction. If the programs follow the proven and time tested methods of treatment, these things would probably not happen.
An examination was conducted on treatment programs and it revealed that many were still making use of outdated treatment methods. The new and scientific methods with proven results in the treatment of a person’s addiction were ignored and not followed by these programs. CASA in Columbia University published a report which showed that the treatment that most people received was not based on evidence at all. They were not backed up by scientific evidence.
This is why when you decide to take treatment for your addiction, it is important that you do extensive research to get the best treatment possible.
• What Principles Make an Addiction Treatment Effective? – According the research, in order for an addiction treatment to be effective, different treatment medications need to work together. However, the most important part to avoid relapse is behavioral therapy. This would ensure that the treatment works for most patients. The treatments need to focus more on individual problems rather than generalizing an addiction. Every patient has a different addiction history, behavior pattern, motivations, weaknesses, psychological state and social problems. The treatment should focus on them as well.
• Medications and Recovery – There are different medications which work for different addictions
Alcohol and Drug Addiction – Acamprosate, Disulfiram and Naltrexone.
Tobacco Addiction – Varenicline, Bupropion and replacement therapies for nicotine like patches, gums, and inhalers.
Opioid Addiction – Naltrexone, Methadone and Buprenorphine.
Also, medications are different depending on the stage of the addiction.
To Treat Withdrawal – When patients stop alcohol and drug use, there are various physical reactions because their body is now used to the artificial stimulation. These symptoms include sleeplessness, restlessness, depression, mood disorders, anxiety, and vomiting. In order to deal with these withdrawal symptoms, many medications are prescribed to make the patient as comfortable as possible during this phase.
During Treatment – Since the body is now not getting the drugs, there need to be some medications, which would help in the easing-in process. This phase is characterized by drug cravings, and the medications keep those in check. Also, the body is calmed down, and the medications help improve the patients’ performance in therapy and rehab.
Post Treatment, To Prevent Relapse – The most common reasons of a relapse are stress and things, moods, places and abuse related company. In order to ensure that the patient does not relapse to the addiction, medications are prescribed which block these triggers, and the patient is able to recover more comfortably.
• Behavioral Therapy and Recovery – There is a reason behind every person’s addiction and why they went towards alcohol or drugs in the first place. This is why behavioral therapy is so important because it treats the main causes of addiction and makes changes in the patient’s behavior. This makes the patient better equipped to handle their addiction and stop them from relapsing.
Through behavioral therapy, in case the patients find themselves in similar circumstances that made them an addict in the first place, they are able to resist it better. Withdrawal and treatment can be stressful and might push many people into relapse but behavioral therapy gives them a better shot at staying sober for longer. However, behavioral therapy cannot work alone and only work effectively when it is aiding medication.
Group Therapy – Group therapy involves many addicts dealing with similar addiction issues. Here, all the patients talk about their addiction and the atmosphere is realistic in terms of goals and approaches. The patients find out that there are many other people who are dealing with similar problems and they don’t feel alone anymore. Group therapy can be a pretty effective way of dealing with hidden doubts and confusion. While the medication works on their physical well-being, group therapy makes sure that the patient’s social and personal life are straightened out as well.
Motivational Interviews – In order to stop their addiction, motivational interviews are conducted which work towards motivating the patient to continue with their rehab. There are many times during the treatment process when the patient might fall into bad thoughts and motivation keeps them going at times like such. Many motivational interviews are conducted to get a patient into treatment.
Motivational Incentives – This makes use of many positive reinforcements which act as rewards to the patient for resisting their addiction and successfully remaining sober for so long. It also works as a pat on the back for taking medications on time and properly, attending therapy sessions and for encouraging participation in sessions.
Every day, there are more than 700,000 US addicts who seek a treatment for their drug or alcohol addiction. Treatment is always the first step towards leading an addiction free life. Most people, when they actually take a step towards rehab, have already been affected with the addiction. Their lives have been completely changed because of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and opiates, and treatment is the baby step towards trying to rectify it.
However, positivity can be a strong motivator and the same goes for the need to have a better and addiction free life. There are almost 80% Americans who have positive feelings towards recovery. For a treatment to be successful, the support of friends and family is almost as important as other things. There would be times when things seem too hard and the life of an addict seems more attractive. At times like these, it would be the family, friends and loved ones who would help the addict.
Also, recovery helps the addict in seeking forgiveness from those they have alienated because of their addiction. Almost one third of addicts of alcohol experience full recovery. It is important that you enroll in a rehab if you are dealing with an addiction as it will make your life better.