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Drug Treatment Information

Problems associated with an individual's drug abuse can vary significantly. People who are addicted to drugs come from all walks of life. Many suffer from mental health, occupational, health, or social problems that make their addictive disorders much more difficult to treat. Even if there are few associated problems, the severity of addiction itself ranges widely among people.

Drug abuse is a treatable disorder. Through treatment that is tailored to individual needs, patients can learn to control their condition and live normal, productive lives. Like people with diabetes or heart disease, people in treatment for drug abuse learn behavioral changes and often take medications as part of their treatment regimen. Behavioral treatment can include counseling, psychotherapy, support groups, or family therapy. Treatment medications offer help in suppressing the withdrawal syndrome and drug craving and in blocking the effects of drugs. In addition, studies show that treatment for heroin drug abuse using methadone at an adequate dosage level combined with behavioral therapy reduces death rates and many health problems associated with heroin abuse. In general, the more treatment given, the better the results. Patients who stay in treatment longer than 3 months usually have better outcomes than those who stay less time. Patients, who go through medically assisted withdrawal to minimize discomfort but do not receive any further treatment, perform about the same in terms of their drug abuse as those who were never received treatment. Over the last 25 years, studies have shown that drug abuse treatment works to reduce drug abuse and crimes committed by drug abusers. Researchers also have found that drug abusers who have been through treatment are more likely to have jobs.

The ultimate goal of all drug treatment is to enable the patient to achieve lasting abstinence, but the immediate goals are to reduce drug use, improve the patient's ability to function, and minimize the medical and social complications of drug abuse. There are several types of drug abuse treatment programs. Short-term methods last less than 6 months and include residential treatment, medication treatment and drug-free outpatient treatment. Longer term treatment may include, for example, methadone maintenance outpatient treatment for opiate addicts and residential therapeutic community treatment.

Drug treatment programs in prisons can succeed in preventing patients' return to criminal behavior, particularly if they are linked to community-based programs that continue treatment when the client leaves prison. Recovery from the disease of drug abuse is often a long-term process, involving multiple relapses before a patient achieves prolonged abstinence. One of the more well-developed behavioral techniques in drug treatment is contingency management, a system of rewards and punishments to make abstinence attractive and drug use unattractive. There are many addictive drugs, and treatments for specific drugs can differ. Treatment also varies depending on the characteristics of the patient.