There are several types of drug treatment programs available, depending on what a person’s individual situation is. However, drug treatment can not begin unless a person recognizes there is a problem. Sometimes, even the people around the addict doesn’t realize what is going on until it is nearly too late.
An alcoholic can go without drinking during the daytime and people may not realize there is a problem. However, eventually he could start sneaking a shot during the day. Problem. A person on pain meds could take the dosages closer and closer together until eventually, family and friends realize: problem. An addict could be on cocaine or marijuana without others realizing it but again, eventually they will get on board with what is going on. Drug treatment is available for all of these problems and more.
Once identified, the drug addiction can be successfully overcome with the right drug treatment.
Different rehab centers have different methods of drug treatment. Some use a philosophical approach which truly does make sense when you think about it. This type of approach is getting a person clean without the use of substitute drug intake. The more ethical programs do ensure that there are no underlying conditions that require a medical detox before going this alternate route. They believe in this method because when a person is given a substitute (such as methadone), the person can then become addicted to the substitute, thereby de-valuing the detox method after all.
Some centers use medical drug treatment. Some of the harder drugs like crystal meth and cocaine could actually have dangerous withdrawal symptoms and a medical team makes sure the detox goes through without unnecessary risks in these instances. This is why reputable drug treatment and alternate drug treatment programs believe in doing thorough physicals and checking for a dual diagnosis as well as implementing the proper detox drug treatment needed in each individual case.
Besides medicinal or alternate detox drug treatment, there is also the therapy and emotional side of drug treatment. Dealing with the undercurrent, with what caused the addiction, with what stresses the person, maybe hidden past issues, dealing with all of these and bringing them to the forefront can help stop addiction once and for all. Many women in drug treatment admit to sexual or physical abuse as a child or in a relationship. Many men in drug treatment admit to PTSD from war or a beating or a bullying factor. In the end, addressing the emotional as well as the physical side of addiction with proper drug treatment leads to a successful long term recovery with little chance of relapse.
That is the ultimate goal for the drug treatment center and the person seeking help.