Thursday, 22 September 2016

Addiction Treatment

There is so much information around now of all the various forms of treatment available to those addicted and I am sure almost every one with a problem has been told about at least one of them at some point and either attempted to access the service, ignored the suggestion, is waiting for the right time or has been put off completely by reading information on the net that can at best be misleading. Obviously I value the fact that so much information is available but don't think a proper informed bit of research has yet been done giving the actual success rates from all the various forms of addiction treatment available to help anyone wanting it make an informed choice. Here's one small example taken from our National Institute on Drug Abuse website "Drug treatment is intended to help addicted individuals stop compulsive drug seeking and use. Treatment can occur in a variety of settings, take many different forms, and last for different lengths of time. Because drug addiction is typically a chronic disorder characterised by occasional relapses, a short-term, one-time treatment is usually not sufficient. For many, treatment is a long-term process that involves multiple interventions and regular monitoring." Anyone being recommended to residential treatment reading the above information could well be put off by thinking whats the point of going into rehab as its going to take more than one time so thats not going to solve my problem now. In my experience many recovering addicts I know have been through rehabilitation more than once however there is also a very large amount that only ever went through once and have managed to maintain ongoing recovery for many years and sometimes decades. I know there is no way of knowing who will benefit first time and who will not but wouldn't it be a good idea to have a piece of information that broke down the figures honestly for all rather than just another government document leaning towards favouring whatever direction the current party in power is deciding to aim the funding. Just a thought.

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