” Why don’t you just stop?”
When spoken to an addict, those five words can trigger a wide variety of responses depending on the circumstances surrounding the conversation. No matter the larger conversational picture, though, the outcome is the same. The speaker has demonstrated a complete lack of understanding of the very nature of the situation and has almost certainly lost their target audience for the remainder of the discussion.
The fact is that addiction is nearly indescribable to someone who hasn’t “been there, done that’. Everyone likes to think they understand what it’s like, but someone who hasn’t experienced real withdrawal and who has never had to cope with physical addiction can ever understand in any meaningful way what it’s like to be an addict.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse points out that “drug addiction is a complex illness characterized by intense and, at times, uncontrollable drug craving, along with compulsive drug seeking and use that persist even in the face of devastating consequences.” The medical recognition of the fact that one aspect of addiction is the compromising of the addict’s ability to stop using the substance in question is a critical part of the intellectual understanding of addiction that is all too often missing from the perspectives of friends and family of addicts.
You Don’t Need to Undertake Quitting Alone
The complexity of drug addiction means that treatment is equally complex. Effective treatments often combine a wide variety of techniques to address the numerous aspects of addiction. Attempting to undertake the herculean task of drug rehabilitation on your own is starting out with the deck stacked against you. The key to successful rehabilitation is to get a competent, trusted professionals to manage the process and provide genuine treatment and guidance.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that only an approximate ten percent of the more than twenty-six million people who suffered from addiction in the year 2013 actually sought and received treatment. Proper drug rehabilitation and treatment is a process which provides a series of benefits to the patient. Drug rehab programs offer a lot of benefits, but one of the most critical is supervision. Managing withdrawal symptoms, medications, therapy, and the overall treatment plan is something that requires supervision. The other foundations of effective inpatient treatment are:
- Different patients receive different types of treatment.
- Treatment will address the immediate as well as the wider needs of the patient.
- Treatment will be given adequate time to work.
- Both medication and counseling are used, managed, and tracked appropriately.
- Treatment plans are constantly reassessed and altered as necessary during the rehab process.
Some other essential factors of effective addiction treatment include the following:
The rehabilitation environment allows for numerous patients to be present at the same time. With the group of patients going through the same process together, this provides for positive socialization which will help to replace the all too often destructive socialization that surrounds substance abuse.
Rehab isn’t easy. Few things in life that are worth doing are. But it can be done. Freedom from substance abuse addiction is possible if approached with a sound plan toward treatment and rehabilitation. Addiction is a serious condition and should be treated as such; no one would suggest that a cancer patient should try to attempt treatment on their own. Help is out there for those who need it. If you need help, don’t go through it alone. Find an appropriate inpatient rehabilitation program in your area. Get help. Get better.