Addiction Treatment

Addiction Treatment

Addiction is a complex, chronic and relapsing disease that affects millions of people around the world. Addiction has detrimental effects on an individuals physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing. Addiction may come in the form of opioid abuse, alcohol abuse, cannabis abuse, hallucinogens abuse, tobacco abuse, caffeine abuse, pornography abuse, etc.


Treatment of addiction consists of the following:

1. Assessment and Diagnosis: This involves a thorough assessment and diagnosis by a medical professional.


2. Detoxification: The initial phase of addiction treatment involves the body purging itself of the substance while being monitored by medical professionals.


3. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): Medications like methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone can help reduce withdrawal symptoms by lessen cravings, which will help the individual focus on their recovery.


4. Behavioral Therapy This is therapy that helps individuals change their addictive behaviors, identify triggers, and develop coping strategies, through evidence-based methods i.e. cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational enhancement therapy (MET), and contingency management.


5. Individual and Group Counseling: Individual counseling allows patients to identify the underlying causes of their addiction and work on personalized recovery plans. Group counseling sessions provide peer support and help individuals realize they are not alone in their struggles.


6. Holistic Therapies (i.e. yoga, meditation, art therapy, and mindfulness): This help individuals manage stress, improve their emotional well-being, and develop healthier coping mechanisms.


7. Family therapy and Support Networks: This helps restore relationships that have been strained by addiction. Support groups will help build a strong support network for the individual


8. Aftercare Planning: This is crucial to maintaining sobriety, continues care via out-patient programs or sober living homes will provide a structured environment for persons in early recovery. Recovery does not end with treatment!