Addiction is a chronic illness that has complex underlying reasons and causes. It is, essentially, a mental disorder, and in order to be successful, an addiction treatment needs to address both the addiction itself and its underlying causes. There are many different approaches to treating addiction, so it is important to find the treatment method best suited to you. We will look at some of the options available, and what they involve.
For any addiction, the first stage in successful treatment is detoxing, or withdrawal. This still applies to non-chemical addictions such as gambling and gaming as there can still be psychological symptoms from their withdrawal. While these are not as potentially life-threatening as the physical withdrawal symptoms of alcohol and most drugs, they can still have a serious impact on the addict.
For withdrawal from drugs and alcohol, in particular, it is of vital importance that there is trained medical assistance available in case of any serious side effects occurring. While some individuals do go through detox by themselves, it is much safer to have medical supervision on hand for this stage, just in case any complications should arise.
The next stage of treatment and recovery depends very much on what treatment method would be best for the individual. Addiction occurs for a broad range of reasons, and every addict is an individual, so effective addiction treatment is not a ‘one size fits all’ model, rather it should be tailored to the individual to achieve the best results. However, all treatment programmes will include some sort of rehabilitative therapy, which has two goals. Firstly, to help the addict understand the psychological and emotional issues which led to their addiction, and secondly to help them learn coping strategies to prevent them from relapsing.
Methods used in rehabilitative therapy can include:
These are the main types of therapy used to aid recovery from addiction. Which specific therapies are used will depend on the personal circumstances and needs of the person undergoing treatment. Therapy is also available for the families of addicts, as alcohol and drug addiction has an enormous impact on the families of those who suffer from it. It is important that they get the help and support needed to cope and provide support for their loved one.
Many people have heard of the 12-step programme for treating addiction and dependency, but what is it?
The 12-step programme was developed by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous to help their members to come to terms with their addiction and aid their recovery. The principles behind the programme are now widely used in treating all types of addiction. The process involves going through the following fundamental stages, which are then further broken down into the twelve steps; the stages are:
If you would like more information or advice on choosing a treatment method, then please contact us at UKAT today. Our fully trained counsellors can explain the treatments we provide and help you decide what would be best for you.
If you successfully complete our 90-day inpatient treatment program, we guarantee you'll stay clean and sober, or you can return for a complimentary 30 days of treatment.