Addiction Treatment Methods and Medications
The addiction recovery world has gone through many nuanced permutations since its inception in the 1930’s. While human history has displayed many efforts at behavioral and cognitive therapy, it seems that the last hundred years has taken the tandem of psychoanalytical and medicinal studies to combat unhealthy predilections labeled “addictions.” Dependency issues are uniquely psychosomatic; they are exhibited in physical and mental manifestations that are initially facilitated by the user, like a recreational narcotic user. Unfortunately, this user more often than not becomes so neurologically entrenched that culpability turns into obsessed inclination: thus the need to soberly assess addiction treatment methods and medications.
The Trans-Theoretical Model
The trans-theoretical model (TTM) of substance abuse therapy is arguably the most widely accepted approach to the greatest probability of seeing addicts recover. A conceptual approach that explicates five stages to sustained recovery and dangers to relapse, the TTM is structured to be rigidly flexible and pragmatic: a utility that propounds cognitive concepts for effective lifestyle change. This predominately psychological approach has always been attended by the world of medical science, and the introduction of medications like buprenorphine, naltrexone, Antabuse (generic and brand names) and other psychotropic drugs (including antidepressants since depression often accompanies drug and alcohol abuse). These drugs show up more often than not in medical detoxification and are administered according to the individual’s diagnosis.
Therapy Solutions For Addiction
An ongoing debate within recovery circles is all about the perceived efficacy of incorporating these “anti-addiction” methods. This debate is worthwhile and should be working to put patients’ best interests for sustained sobriety and inculcating in the patients continuing lifestyle success skills. While some alternative therapies have their place, those that put the greatest amount of mental and physical stress on the patient should be avoided. The trans-theoretical method may be under the greatest pressure to conform from zealous medicine advocates who believe prolonged (even for the duration of a lifetime in some cases) medicinal therapy offers the highest chance of successful recovery. Proceed with caution America: as the world’s top consumer of pharmaceutical drugs (most of which are abused by would-be addicts and a lot are pre-teens and teens) do we really need people who are trying to live without destructive habits to introduce a Trojan horse of addiction into their lives?
On the other side, there are substance abuse programs that advocate a complete abstention from any pharmaceutical aid. Recovery facilities that utilize the buprenorphine drug (opiate replacement therapy) are looked down by some self proclaimed purists as aiding to the problem, not the solution. While both sides have plausible arguments, again, there is a balance to every issue, and professional dual diagnosis treatment centers offer the most options to a safe and medically monitored detox and introduction to recovery.Tags: Addiction, Addiction Treatment, Alcohol abuse, alcohol addiction, Alcohol and Drug Treatment, Alcoholism, antabuse, buprenorphine, drug treatment center, naltrexone, opiate replacement theory, Progressive Disease, Recovery, substance abuse, The Watershed Addiction Treatment, Transtheoretical Model, Treatment, TTM