Drug Therapy

People use drugs for many reasons. Some try drugs out of curiosity; others use drugs to treat an emotional or psychological issue, such as stress, anxiety, and depression.  Not all drug users require drug therapy to stop using drugs, but many do. When drug use negatively affects different aspects of a person’s life such as work, school, and relationships, many seek drug therapy.

There are many drugs of abuse available in the US today. Along with traditionally abused “street drugs” such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, ecstasy, and marijuana, there is a growing number of Americans abusing prescription drugs and the so-called legal drugs such as “spice” (synthetic cannaboids) “bath salts” (methylenedioxypyrovalerone), and kratom (a tree extract that mimics the effect of opiates). These drugs can not only cause a physical dependence, but also a psychological dependence. Drug therapy traditionally includes eliminating the physical dependence on drugs as well as developing skills that support a drug-free lifestyle.

Drug therapy or treatment for drug abuse or addiction can vary widely. It is important to explore options and speak to a drug therapy expert before choosing the type of therapy most appropriate for you or your loved one.

The first phase of drug therapy is usually to eliminate the physical dependence that long term abuse can cause in a user. Often, the idea of withdrawal can be very frightening to someone who is dependent on drugs. However, in the right institution, medical detoxification from drugs can be painless, comfortable, and safe. Painless drug detox centers often employ a variety of medications and therapeutic treatments to eliminate or alleviate withdrawal symptoms.

For the best therapeutic outcomes, after drug detox, it is usually recommended that a person undergo drug therapy at a residential treatment program. After a person is weaned off the drugs they have become physically addicted to, it is important that they then learn the skills they will need to stay off the drugs. Residential drug therapy programs can vary widely and can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months. It is important to investigate several residential drug therapy programs before deciding on the one that is right for you.

Usually, in a residential drug therapy center, a person will attend both group and individual therapy centers. This type of drug therapy is very important for those who abuse drugs. Often, people who abuse drugs do not know how to manage their day-to-day life without them. This type of therapy helps drug addicts learn tools to manage life without the use of drugs. Also, residential drug therapy can help a drug addict investigate the reasons that he or she abused drugs or alcohol in the first place.

Many drug therapy centers also offer out-patient therapy either in lieu of or in conjunction with residential drug therapy. Like inpatient drug therapy, outpatient drug therapy usually involves group and/or individual therapy sessions. The best outcomes for a drug dependent individual are observed when the individual participates in both inpatient and outpatient drug therapy.