The National Survey on Drug Use and Health has consistently found that anywhere between eight and 10 percent of the US population is in need of drug addiction treatment. In the state of North Carolina, this number is much lower. Treatment admissions, however, are relatively low both nationwide and in North Carolina. This can be attributed to the fact that, often, addicts don’t understand exactly what treatment involves.
What Is Addiction Treatment?
Drug or alcohol addiction treatment is a multi-step process to help you change your life. Proper treatment isn’t intended to be a quick fix, which is one common misconception. Instead, it can be a complicated, time-consuming process but the goal is ultimately to give you the ability to overcome your emotional and physical dependencies. Addiction treatment is also here to help you learn to cope with the outside influences that may have contributed to your troubles.
How Addiction Is Treated
Detox is typically the first step in drug or alcohol addiction treatment. This is a safe means of cleansing your system when completed properly. It’s not the cure, however, because even though your body will no longer physically crave the drug, your mind will still want to feel its effects. The second stage of treatment allows you to overcome the emotional effects of addiction. Counseling is an important step because it teaches you to reach out to others for help instead of seeking help through a substance. After you’re released from treatment, you’ll continue to use the tools you were given during therapy sessions to maintain your sobriety.
Treatment methods often vary based on types of addictions, severity of dependency and even the cost of treatment.
Drug Addiction Treatment Programs
Although there are many, many treatment programs available, all fall into the inpatient or outpatient treatment categories. Inpatient rehab is often thought of as the most extensive and can be both medically based or holistic in nature. Outpatient therapy is commonly completed if you can’t leave your family behind or cannot afford inpatient care.
Addictions that result in physical or mental withdrawal are typically recommended for inpatient treatment. If your addiction is considered less severe, outpatient care may be the most appropriate option. Some addicts also choose to enter outpatient programs after inpatient care, giving themselves more time to adjust to sobriety. Sober living programs and support groups are also available to help you continue your recovery efforts.
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