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Effective Drug Treatment Principles Outlined by NIDA

Effective drug treatment can help you overcome your addiction once and for all!

Effective drug treatment can help you overcome your addiction once and for all!

While there are various agencies that have been attributed to having developed guides and principles for effective drug treatment, the most common principles that are used by treatment centers as a guide to effective drug treatment are outlined by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) principles for effective drug treatment focus on treating the whole person rather than just the addiction or only one aspect of the addiction such as the psychological aspects or the physical aspects.

According to NIDA, effective drug treatment will vary from person to person as no single drug addiction treatment is appropriate for everyone. Additionally, effective drug treatment must be made readily available in order for the individual to truly benefit from it. Here’s a look at some of the other elements that NIDA believes should be incorporated into a treatment program in order for it to be effective:

  • Effective drug treatment will attend to more than just the needs associated with an individual’s drug addiction or drug use
  • Effective drug treatment takes time and the length of time that an individual spends in treatment is critical to the overall effectiveness of the program
  • Various types of counseling and behavioral therapies combine to create an effective drug treatment program
  • While medications are important in effective drug treatment, they should only be used under the supervision of a doctor and when combined with counseling and therapy
  • It’s important that co-occurring disorders also be treated as part of the drug treatment program in order for the program to provide the most effective approach. Mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression or other conditions should be treated alongside the addiction and in conjunction with the drug addiction.
  • It is not necessary for treatment to be voluntary in order for it to be effective. Many people who enter drug treatment do so because they are forced to and they are also apprehensive about the treatment until days, weeks or even months into treatment.
  • Effective drug treatment will provide routine assessment to assure that drugs are not used during treatment.

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Dual Diagnosis: Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

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Dual diagnosis refers to a condition in which one person is affected by two or more mental health disorders, one being the disease of addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it also implies that the two illnesses often interact and worsen the course of both. The condition of dual diagnosis is very….

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Benefits of Local Rehab Centers

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There are local rehab centers, which offer programs for the treatment of various drug and alcohol addictions as well as offering psychological counseling services. Drug and alcohol addictions are a huge challenge to try to overcome, however local rehab centers are able provide a safe, medically supervised environment for those who are struggling with addictions…..

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Equine Therapy at Drug Rehab

Equine therapy can help you throughout your recovery!

If you’ve decided to attend drug rehab and seek help for your addiction you have probably already been thinking about the types of therapy options that are available to you. Every drug rehab center provides different types of therapy for the treatment of drug addiction and the underlying psychological issues associated with drug addiction. Today,….

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Are You a High Functioning Alcoholic?

You probably think most people drink. Maybe you make exceptions for really religious people and those with allergies. Of course they don’t drink. But, for the most part, it seems like everyone drinks. A couple glasses of wine with dinner, a couple of beers with pizza, a couple of cocktails after a rough day. Sound….

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What to Do When You Relapse

When you relapse, it feels devastating. You feel like a failure, like you’ve let everybody down. Your parents. Your children. Your friends. Family. Coworkers. AA members. You’ve always known you’re a failure and now you’ve proved it to everyone. STOP. That’s your addiction talking. Trying to woe you back into its grasp. You relapsed. So….

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Finding the Help You Need in Rehab

Treatment professionals and others in recovery know that hope is the catalyst that keeps a struggling substance abuser motivated and engaged in recovery efforts.  Long term effects of chronic substance abuse can bring on significant problems in the areas of medical and psychiatric health, employment, and family relations.  These issues can be impediments to seeking….

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How Long Does Therapeutic Community Treatment Last?

A therapeutic community (TC) is a type of treatment program that many residential rehab centers use to help recovering addicts learn better behaviors associated with drug use, socialization and combatting negative perceptions and attitudes held by those individuals. This type of treatment program can be confrontational and is usually very structured, but it is often….

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Is Outpatient Opiate Rehab the Best Choice?

Outpatient opiate rehab centers exist as one of many levels of care within the addiction recovery process. Whether or not outpatient opiate addiction treatment will work for you depends on a range of factors, including the severity of your addiction, your existing support system and how motivated you are to get well. Addressing Effects of….

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Relationship Problems Associated with Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse can cause serious relationship problems!

Negative consequences are a daily occurrence with both alcoholism and with alcohol abuse. People who abuse alcohol get into trouble but the consequences of such trouble can greatly determine whether an individual suffers from alcoholism or from alcohol abuse. Individuals who abuse alcohol still have some control over their drinking and have fewer relationship problems….

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Art Therapy at Drug Rehab Centers

Art therapy is a great tool to use in drug rehab centers.

Many drug rehab centers have found that art therapy enables the individual to express their thoughts and feelings without saying anything at all but by painting, sculpting or using other forms of art as an expression gateway. Art therapy at drug rehab centers provides a foundation for expressing emotions that helps addicts to overcome difficult….

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