At Home Drug Addiction Help
by John Collins
Drug addiction is one of the most serious health problems in America today. Some studies put the number of individuals suffering from addiction in this country as equal to those suffering from cancer. Many resources are available to those addicted to narcotics. The most common treatments take place in inpatient support communities and the phrase "going to rehab" has become the accepted jargon. While any treatment for drug addiction requires support and counseling from loved ones and professionals, there are options that do not require that an individual be removed from their home.
Outpatient Drug Free Programs
It is important that any attempt at detoxification or addiction treatment be overseen by a physician. The following is offered as a resource but does not constitute medical advice.
One type for treatment that does not require voluntary sequestering of oneself is an outpatient drug program. As with almost any rehab program, this begins with a detoxification of the patient, removing the drug from the system as quickly as is safe. The amount of time, discomfort and danger that accompanies detoxification varies widely with the substance that is being removed. Consulting a doctor is wise when attempting to detoxify and although often referred to as "drug free", at this stage of the process is it common for medication to make the transition safer and more comfortable.
Once the narcotics have been cleansed from the system, the treatment of the addiction can proceed with a variety of support and therapy. Education, counseling, spiritual support and 12 step programs like Narconon International can provide the framework needed to sustain a drug free lifestyle for the recovering addict.
Holistic and Alternative Approaches
Once detoxification and a support network have been achieved, non-prescription holistic treatments to continue the cleansing of the system and strengthening of the mind can be incorporated into treatment. Herbal remedies and meditation can contribute greatly to the physical and mental well being of individuals undergoing treatment.
Studies in the growing field of alternative medicines lend credence to the idea that a positive outlook and mental exercises can increase recovery rates from illness. Considering that the relapse rate for addicts is very similar to those of individuals suffering from other chronic illnesses such as asthma, ranging between fifty five and seventy percent, strategies to increase the medical chances of a sustained recovery are very important.
In the event that at home recovery fails or the addiction is deemed too advanced for self reliant methods, there are many inpatient facilities available. Factors to consider when choosing a facility are accreditation, medical facilities and staff on site, and options for treatment. Cost is also a factor, and insurance may cover treatment at an inpatient facility.