Drug Addiction and Treatment
The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) calls drug addiction epidemic. And it isn’t just street drugs or so-called recreational drugs. The fastest growing segment of drug addiction is prescribed medication, particularly for pain.
The need for quality drug addiction treatment continues to grow along with addiction. There are several different types of treatment available to those who develop an addiction. Many people start out seeing an independent therapist or psychiatrist. They may be seeing them for another, co-occurring condition.
These therapists may recommend treatment for drug addiction specifically. Many of these therapists may be able to recommend a treatment center or program, but it is almost always best if the patient and/or his or her family also do some research into available treatment options. The internet is a terrific resource for information on drug addiction treatment.
Treatment is Available for Any Drug
When you hear about ‘drug addiction treatment’ your mind probably jumps to “harder” drug such as heroin and meth. The truth however though is that anyone can become dependent on virtually any type of drug whether legal, prescribed or otherwise.
Below is a list of all the most common types of drugs a person may become addicted to. If you or a love one is a regular user of any of these substances and is not interested in quitting no matter what, it may be worth considering seeking treatment.
Alcohol is the most common drug in the world today. Often categorized separately from other “drugs” it meets the same classification and can be just as addictive. It is because of the alternative classification that many people fail to understand or even realize that they’ve become dependent. Instead regular usage is seen more of a socially acceptable activity that doesn’t present any issue.
Click here to learn more about alcohol addiction treatment to see if it may be right for you or your loved one.
Heroin is widely recognized as an addictive and destructive substance. Picturing a heroin user you might think of some homeless person on the street but the reality is that many heroin addicts are average people leading relatively normal live… for the most part. Eventually regular usage of a drug as powerful as heroin will catch up to a person and the signs can be very obvious to friends and family.
If you think a loved one might be addicted to heroin, click here to learn more about heroin addiction treatment.
Opiates can constitute a wide range of different drugs from legally prescribed pills to illegal injectable liquids. While it can be more obvious when someone is injecting an illegal substance such as heroin, pain medication is an entirely different story. People can easily become addicted to prescription pills without even realizing it because in their mind it is ‘medicine’. The reality however is this medicine can start to consume your life and lead to addiction.
If you or loved one might be addicted to any kind opiate-based substance, click here to learn more about opiate addiction treatment.
Cocaine is a common “party drug” in many parts of the world and therefore is often around in situations where alcohol is also being consumed. This can lead to lower inhibitions along with potential peer pressure from friends who don’t want to be the only ones on the drug, making it easy for anyone to fall into regular cocaine usage that could eventually lead to addiction. It might be seen as something that is no big deal by many of it’s users but the truth is it has plenty of potential to cause life ruining addiction.
If you suspect a loved one may be using this drug especially as a supplement to regular partying, click here to learn more about cocaine addiction treatment.
Marijuana is one of the most controversial drugs on the planet. Many people call it a dangerous, addictive drug while others praise it’s medicinal ability as an alternative pain medication to more dangerous opiates. The truth is that drugs affect every person differently and while it may be medicinally beneficial to some, to other it can pose a serious threat as a life altering addiction substance. Because, at the end of the day, it is still a powerful drug that can create an addiction in regular users.
If you or someone in your life might be having trouble with this substance, click here to learn about marijuana addiction treatment.
Methamphetamine is hands down one of the most powerful and destructive drugs on the planet. It can create a strong addictive craving from just one hit and cause people to give up their lives simply to chase that next high instead. Because of this it tends to be much harder to be a casual user and instead signs of addiction are much more pronounced making it a common drug to seek treatment for. Especially in the case of loved ones trying to help family members escape the bonds of addiction.
If you suspect your loved one might be hooked on this powerful substance, click here to learn more about meth addiction treatment.
Oxycodone is a doctor prescribed opiate-based painkiller. Because it is prescribed by a doctor, and therefore is viewed as medicine, few people realize when they’ve become addicted and certainly don’t see themselves as a drug addict. The reality is that any opiate based medication can create a level of dependence that makes it necessary to get help in order to break the addiction.
If you or a loved one has recently been prescribed this medication and might have become addicted, click here to learn about Oxycodone addiction treatment.
Adderall is a type of medication prescribed by doctors for the treatment of ADHD but just as with any drug, can create a dependence and addiction problem in certain people. This drug is amphetamine based making it closely related to the powerful methamphetamine and can especially be addictive for those who have been diagnosed and directly prescribed the pills. It is also often abused by college students who might feel that can’t study as effectively or be as ‘smart’ unless they are on this drug, which can create problems in their lives.
If you or a loved one might be abusing Adderall, click here to learn more about Adderall addiction treatment.
Xanax is commonly prescribed psychiatric medication for the treatment of anxiety and other mental health problems that may not have a clear solution. As with any prescribed drug, people will want to use it to get a buzz and Xanax is no exception. While people who have been prescribed this drug run the risk of addiction themselves it is common for people who are not in need of the medication to seek out the pill for a quick and easy buzz and these are the ones who are most susceptible.
If you or loved one is a regular user and potentially dependent on this drug, click here to learn more about Xanax addiction treatment.
Hydrocodone is a commonly prescribed opiate-based painkiller. It is one of the few drugs have enough of an effect on the central nervous system to be effective for the treatment of pain. But this effectiveness means it’s also quite powerful so people can easily blur the line between patient and addict even if they are taking the medication exactly as prescribed. Aside from this its painkilling ability is also sought by those who want to use it just to get a buzz and these people can just as easily become addicted.
If you suspect a friend or family member may be abusing this powerful painkiller, click here to learn more about hydrocodone addiction treatment.
Vicodin is the brand name of an opiate medication that is hydrocodone based. It is the most common hydrocodone medication, which means it is also the most commonly abused. These pills can be purchased illegally from drug dealers, just like any other drug, but is also commonly stolen from people who have been prescribed the medication. This makes it important not to leave painkiller drugs in places of easy access because anyone could get their hands on it and potentially abuse it and become addicted. Even if you’re following the prescription as directed it’s still possible to become dependent.
If you are concerned that a loved one or you yourself might be addicted, click here to learn about Vicodin addiction treatment.
Crack is the name for a drug that is a derivative of cocaine and commonly found in solid or “rock” form. It is also typically smoked out of a pipe instead of snorted and can be considerably more concentrated causing a bigger high and making it more addictive. Like many other of the harder drugs and crack dependence can become quite noticeable by friends and family as the person they once new starts changing in significant while they focus primarily on chasing their next buzz.
If you think a friend or loved one might be addicted to this substance, click here to learn more about crack addiction treatment.
Ambien is a commonly prescribed sleep medication that is also commonly abused by those trying to a get a buzz. While this medication can cause problems for those who are regularly using it as prescribed, addiction more commonly comes from those who have sought it out illegally and are abusing it. This addiction can more readily hidden but can still cause significant problems for people abusing it.
If you’re concerned a friend or family member might be abusing this medication, click here to learn more about Ambien addiction treatment.
Types of Drug Addiction Treatment
Most addicts require serious and focused drug addiction treatment. This can come in several different forms, depending on the severity of the addiction.
Some addicts can address their addiction through an intensive outpatient program (IOP). This form of treatment usually takes place in an office suite. It consists of educational “classes” in which you learn about addiction and how it affects your mind and body. The program also requires group therapy and usually some one-on-one cognitive sessions.
Intensive outpatient treatment for drug addiction is typically three hour sessions, three or more times a week. Most outpatient programs offer additional therapies such as neurofeedback, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), Somatic Experiencing™, yoga and other forms of therapy and exercise. Many programs will also offer you nutritional recommendations.
The next level of drug rehab treatment PHP, or a “partial hospitalization program”. In PHP treatment, you attend an IOP while residing in a sober living home with others either also going through treatment or who completed IOP or residential treatment and are living there as they re-acclimate to “normal” life.
The Best Treatment for Drug Addiction
You’ve no doubt seen many stars and celebrities on the news or in magazines as they enter or “graduate” from residential treatment for drug addiction.
This hasn’t always helped the reputation of these treatment centers, though it has helped their name recognition. Residential treatment is usually considered the best way to begin treatment for an addiction.
The programs are generally 30 to 90 days or more, depending on the severity of the addiction and whether there are other mental health issues involved. The price for residential care can range from a few thousand dollars and into six figures for thirty days of care.
In high-end treatment centers you’ll find therapies you will not find elsewhere, such as equine therapy – a therapy in which you interact with horses. There are great treatment options at every level and price of care. Robert Downey, Jr. went through several high-end treatment centers before finally getting sober at a very low-end nonprofit treatment center that offer a terrific program.
So, don’t think that the more you spend the better the treatment will be. The additional dollars may only be paying for 300 thread count cotton sheets, a five-star chef and a view of the ocean.