Addiction to some substance such as alcohol or narcotics is a terrible process. In it, the human being loses the mental, physical, emotional and social essence. Also, not only the patient is affected, but also affects the environment (familiar life, for instance). Regardless of the substance used, it is an evil that has been increasing in our society over the years. When the individual recognizes that there is a problem in the consumption patterns of a particular substance, the next step is usually to ask, what to do?
Various programs and treatments can be external such as 12-step programs or support groups. There are also treatment programs for the patient, ranging from the short-term (a 28-day rehab, for instance) to the long-term (a 90-days rehab). It is vital to understand the characteristics of an addictive process, together with the patient's particular scenario, to define which is the most appropriate strategy to follow.
What is an addiction?
In simple terms, it is a process in which an individual develops a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual dependence. Dependency processes do not necessarily include a substance such as opium, or alcohol. An individual may have an addiction to another human being (codependency) or other "substances" such as information, video games or the Internet.
The "substance" or activating element, allow the patient to escape from their existential reality and thus avoid facing their real problems (the individual may or may not be aware of what those problems are).
The first step
The most important thing of all is that the person recognizes that they have a problem. Second, the patient must want to get out of the problem. In the primary textbook of Alcoholics Anonymous, they put it in three questions: 1. Do you recognize that you have a problem? 2. Do you want to change your reality? Are you willing to do EVERYTHING you need to change? After that, according to each patient, you should evaluate the available options.
Which are the options?
There are two ways to treat the patient. In the first place, there are external and ambulatory treatments, in which the person attends to their therapeutic process, but does not leave their normal life. The success rate of this type of cure is uncertain because in most cases it depends on the patient's conviction of own condition and the desire to change that reality.
On the other hand, there are internal treatments. In them, the individual is wholly isolated from the usual environment and placed in a "sterile" situation regarding the substance. This type of therapy is usually the most effective because, to overcome these diseases, the person must make a radical change in their life. These internal treatments range from the 28 Day Rehab to other long-term procedures such as the 90-day rehab both offered by us.
Opioid Addiction is a specialist in the treatment of addiction dependencies of opium and its derivatives (narcotics). Our medical specialists have designed a specific line of action for each substance, taking in mind its characteristics, primary and secondary effects and the general sociopathies associated with consumption. If you want more information about addictions’ treatment, do not hesitate. Contact us, or reach us by phone. We are ready to help you out to struggle together this terrible disease.