Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Prevention and Treatment of Addiction

The substance abuse treatment field can be broadly categorized into two realms: the prevention of addiction and the treatment of addiction.

Prevention of Addiction

The systematic prevention of addiction is by far the most pressing long-term addiction SOCIETAL need. Both are addressed at the federal and state governmental levels. Much is now known about how to create healthier and more resilient youth, both AT home and at school. It is unfortunate that a higher percentage of youth are not receiving a sufficient level of such powerful health-building guidance.

Alcohol treatment, drug addiction treatment, and Behavioral Addiction Treatment

Drug addiction, alcoholism and behavioral addictions are usually not easily overcome on one’s own. Most people who face an addiction often require a wise combination of services to get and stay healthy:

  • Self-help: This includes AA, NA, Smart Recovery, SA, SAA, etc.
  • Working with a substance abuse counselor/addiction counselor
  • Psychiatric & Medical Recovery Support
  • Detoxification and/or rehabilitation at addiction treatment centers

Relapse Prevention

If one is in recovery, that person and their family are often terrified about the possibility of relapse. Indeed, relapses are most often part and parcel of the recovery process for the majority of those who have struggled with alcohol, drug, or behavioral addiction issues. Consequently, the person in recovery should thoughtfully anticipate high-risk situations, high-risk people, and other high-risk behaviors, and be careful to avoid such situations and people whenever possible. Additionally, it is usually wise to stay engaged with addiction treatment services (e.g., drug and alcohol counselor, addiction treatment centers, alcohol treatment services, etc). These steps will facilitate a stronger, more resilient, and personalized relapse prevention program.

Alcohol and Opiate Withdrawal

One can have excruciating withdrawals from opiates and sometimes fatal experiences withdrawing from alcohol (and benzos). For instance, stopping alcohol suddenly after daily drinking can lead to delirium tremors or death. Stopping most opiates leads to 3-5 days of excruciated withdrawal. Stopping Suboxone can take up to year. Benzodiazepines withdrawal begins about 14 days after last use. In all instances, it is usually wise to seek professional consultation and utilize detoxification.

If you believe you or a loved one may have a drinking or opiate addiction problem?

  • Educate yourself
  • Seek AA/ NA, Smart Recovery, Learn to Cope, or other community supports
  • Seek a qualified substance abuse counselor
  • Admit yourself for medically supervised detoxification, if needed
  • Admit yourself to rehabilitation (“rehab”) services, if you can make the time
  • Admit yourself to Medically Assisted Treatment (e.g., Suboxone/Vivitrol/ Zubsolv, Methadone), if opiate addicted
  • Consider medication to facilitate alcohol abstinence (e.g., Naltrexone, Antabuse)

Addiction Treatment works; give it a chance!

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