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Life can be complicated. And when you or someone you love falls into the trap of addiction, it can feel impossible to find a way out and improve your life.
In 2021, there are various treatments that are designed to help people struggling with addiction to find their way out and to attempt to live a life that is no longer dictated by their vices.
However, when it comes to addiction treatment, it is not one size fits all. Treatments will vary depending on each individual’s needs. The factors are around circumstances– different treatments will work differently depending on the substance being misused, the level of support needed by the individual, and their mental health–in addition to the care options that are affordable for you or your loved one.
Here we are going to look at some of the common treatments used to tackle addiction and to help set patients on the path to recovery.
For those who wish to undergo treatment in a controlled and safe environment, medical assisted detox allows the person needing treatments to rid their bodies of harmful substances.
Going through supported detox therapy is beneficial because it is common for going through substance withdrawal to experience symptoms that are often unpleasant and even life-threatening.
Detox does not help to treat behavioural causes that lead people to addiction so it is a temporary measure used in combination with additional therapies.
Yes, it’s true. Intravenous treatments can be used to help tackle addiction. In particular, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, also known as NAD treatment, works to play a crucial role in helping to repair the damage within the body caused by substance misuse. It also provides energy, fuelling essential functions of the body, and is considered one of the most efficient antioxidants in the body. NAD is naturally produced in the body, but the levels will decrease as we age, which confirms the fact that people who produce less NAD are more likely to develop substance misuse issues. This is why the added benefit of adding extra helps to aid addiction recovery.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT is a valuable treatment tool that can be used to aid many types of addiction. The reason for this is that it helps people struggling with addiction to recognise unhealthy patterns of behaviour as well as helping to identify specific triggers and develop new ways to cope in place of turning to addictive behaviours. CBT can work well in combination with many other tools as a non-medical aspect of addiction treatment.
One of the most common ways to help to tackle substance addiction is to facilitate 12-steps therapy. This is in the form of group therapy that begins with recognising the negative impact that addiction can have on people’s social, emotional, physical and spiritual lives. The therapy begins with acceptance, moves onto surrendering to a higher power and will then transition into full involvement in group meetings. Well known groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous use 12-step group therapy to adi recovery.