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DEMCO Wants You to Know!!!!

THERE ARE WAYS TO TREAT DRUG ADDICTION

Based on scientific research since the mid-1970s, the following key principles should form the basis of any effective treatment program: Addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior.

  • No single treatment is right for everyone.

  • People need to have quick access to treatment.

  • Effective treatment addresses all of the patient’s needs, not just his or her drug use.

  • Staying in treatment long enough is critical.

  • Counseling and other behavioral therapies are the most commonly used forms of treatment.

  • Medications are often an important part of treatment, especially when combined with behavioral therapies.

  • Treatment plans must be reviewed often and modified to fit the patient’s changing needs.

  • Treatment should address other possible mental disorders.

  • Medically assisted detoxification is only the first stage of treatment.

  • Treatment doesn't need to be voluntary to be effective.

  • Drug use during treatment must be monitored continuously.

  • Treatment programs should test patients for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis, and other


Evaluation and treatment for co-occurring mental health issues such as depression and anxiety with long-term follow-up help to prevent relapse.

A range of care with a tailored treatment program and follow-up options can be crucial to success. Follow-up care may include community or family-based recovery support systems.

Drug addiction can be treated.


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