Drug treatment helps addicted individuals stop habitual, and uncontrollable drug seeking and use. Treatment can occur in a variety of settings, in many different forms, and for different lengths of time. Because drug addiction is typically a chronic disorder characterized by occasional relapses, a short-term, one-time treatment is usually not good enough. For many, treatment is a long-term process that involves multiple interventions and regular follow-up.
The specific type of treatment or combination of treatments changes depending on the patient’s individual needs and, often, on the types of drugs they use. The severity of addiction and previous efforts to stop using drugs can also influence a treatment approach.
Finally, people who are addicted to drugs often suffer from other health (including other mental health), occupational, legal, familial, and social problems that should be addressed at the same time.
The best programs provide a combination of therapies and other services to meet an individual patient’s needs. Specific needs may relate to age, race, culture, sexual orientation, gender, pregnancy, other drug use, co-existing illnesses (e.g., depression, HIV), parenting, housing, and employment, as well as physical and sexual abuse history.
Behavioral therapies can help motivate people to participate in drug treatment; offer strategies for coping with drug cravings; teach ways to avoid drugs, avoid slippery places and slippery people, and prevent relapse; and help individuals deal with it if it occurs. Behavioral therapies can also help people improve communication, relationship, and parenting skills, as well as family dynamics that may act as enabling or provoking towards addictive drugs.
Many treatment programs employ both individual and group therapies. Group therapy can provide motivation and social support and help enforce behavioral contingencies i.e. possible occurrence that promote abstinence and a drug-free lifestyle. We at Willing Ways provide a combination of therapies tailored to individual needs to help and support the recovery process.