Treatment and support
It is important to remember that all types of addiction are treatable. Comprehensive treatment measures help a person understand their addiction, identify their triggers and proactively disengage with the factors they would normally seek out to ‘feed’ their addiction. Treatments also help a person to better manage their lives and become functional in society again.
The type of treatment recommended by a medical professional will depend on both the severity and state of the addiction. Earlier stages of addiction may merely require recommended medication and therapy. More severe stages may require inpatient addiction treatment within a controlled setting.
Common treatments and therapies include:
- Medications (prescribed for mental / psychological disorders)
- Psychotherapy (including group and behavioural therapy sessions)
- Medical services (this may be necessary to assist with treating serious complications such as withdrawal during a detox process)
- An addiction case manager (aid with coordinating, as well as checking on recommended treatment plans)
- Rehabilitation or inpatient addiction treatment
- Support or self-help groups
Overcoming an addiction is a journey, and for most, a long one. The recovery process can therefore really benefit from the right kind of continuous support. A strong network of social support via addiction experts, family and friends, as well as local community groups can make all the difference when it comes to recovery.
Letting those closest to you know about your treatment plan can have the added benefit of helping you keep track of, as well as avoid triggers altogether.