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.