In this post we will be taking a look at some of the research findings on effective treatment options there are to drug abuse and addictions. If at all you are looking for treatment from addictions, get in touch with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA’s, National Helpline here for more on the various counseling services and the treatment options you may have in your state.
Talking of what drug addiction is, this can be generally defined as a chronic disease that is characterized by a craving for the use of a certain drug or drugs despite the evident harmful consequences and the changes the use may have on the brain which are in most cases long lasting. These are the changes that effect the harmful behaviors we see in those who use drugs. Further to this, drug addiction is as well a relapsing condition which means that even after an attempt to stop the use, there is that chance of returning to the same.
Addiction is a progressive condition which basically begins with the voluntary act of taking the drugs but then they get to lose their ability to control the use and in the end it gets to be obsessive and compulsive. This always as a result of the effects, the long term effects that the drugs have on the brain and the functioning of the brain. The use of drugs has an impact on the parts of the bran that are responsible for reward and motivation, learning and memory and control over behavior.
The good news is that even though you may have sunk as deep into addiction but you shouldn’t give up on the pursuit to soberness as addiction can be so effectively treated. Even though it may not be as simple as it may sound, the fact to appreciate is that it is still possible to treat it anyway. The challenge is often as a result of the fact that addiction as a condition develops over time and as such one may not be able to simply quit and stop the use of the drugs just some few days into treatment. It is for this reason that we see the need to have patients to go for long term care and therapy for them to be able to stop the use of the said drugs and regain their soberness.