Different Kinds of Drug Addiction Treatments

Knoxville, TN (PressExposure) May 21, 2009 -- Drug addiction is one of the many major problems in almost all societies, affecting every generation from adolescent to adults. Because of the growing concern with addiction, particularly with teenagers, several adolescent drug treatment to addiction has been formulated to provide an efficient and painless method to cure a person of his/her addiction.

Treatments for Drug Addiction

Treatments for addiction are varied. Therapists would usually try to find out what drug the person is addicted to, the amount of drugs already taken, the duration of the use, medical complications (such as susceptibility to heart attacks or asthma), and the patient's social life. For adolescent drug treatment, determining the patient's social life is integral to the treatment itself. Majority of the teenage addicts today are commonly caused by peer pressure and problems pertaining to their family.

Many different ideas circulate regarding what is considered a "successful" outcome in the recovery from addiction. It is widely accepted that abstinence from addictive substances is a successful outcome. However, abstinence is difficult to achieve in practice, and it may take a considerable amount of time before therapists could achieve "success". Several programs such as group therapy or the "12 Step Program" are currently used by drug rehabs to cure addiction. Opiate replacement therapy has been a medical standard of treatment for opioid addiction for many years.

Different kinds of Drug Addiction Treatments

Treatments for addiction, particularly as adolescent drug treatment, are divided into two categories, the physical and psychological dependency. Though sometimes, both categories can overlap each other such as the use of drug detoxification and therapy. Treatments for drug addiction may involve:

* Drug Detoxification. It is a collection of interventions directed at controlling acute drug intoxication and drug withdrawal. It refers to a purging from the body of the substance which the patient is addicted to and acutely under the influence of. As drug detoxification only deals with the physical dependency and addiction to drugs, patients would have to undergo therapy such as the 12 Step Program.

* 12 Step Program. It is a set of guiding principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems. The method was then adapted and became the foundation of other twelve-step programs such as Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Co-Dependents Anonymous and Debtors Anonymous.

* Anti-Addictive Drugs. Other forms of treatment include replacement drugs such as methadone or buprenorphine, used as a substitute for illicit opiate drugs such as heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, oxymorphone, fentanyl or other opioids.

* Acupuncture. Alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, are used by some practitioners to alleviate the symptoms of drug addiction. Acupuncture has been shown to be no more effective than control treatments in the treatment of opiate dependence.

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Donna Sparks is a Professor and a Consultant Physician. Other than her clinical and local teaching commitments, she also continues to enjoy the privileges of research, writing and lecturing.

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