5 Steps for Overcoming Drugs

5 Steps for Overcoming DrugsAs the moral character of the world diminishes more and more every day we see the increase emergence of drug related problems in society. If you are addicted to drugs, the best thing you can do is admit that you have a problem and that you need help. Get into a program as quickly as possible. There are a plethera of drug and alcohol rehab programs. Keep in mind and remember that your needs will be met with the upmost professionalism and care if you are attending a treatment facility that is part of the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Once admitted into a program, you will go through an intake exam and interview. Counselors and medical staff use the intake exam and interview to get all sorts of information about the individual’s addiction, history, background and any underlying medical conditions they should be aware of in order for them to be able to administer the best kind of care for overcoming the drug addiction. They also want pertinent information such as duration of the addiction, frequency of the drug use, and when the individual last used the drug. They might ask you for a urinalysis in order to see how high of a concentration is currently in your body so they know how best to detoxift you. The results gleaned from the intake exam and interview give the staff at the treatment facility important information that is then used to create an individualized treatment plan. Once you have finished the exam and are formally admitted, you will go through detoxification. This detox is carried out under the direct supervision of medical care to make sure the individual is safe. The last thing anybody wants is for you to have further complications. The withdrawal symptoms range from moderate to severe and is based on the type of drug and the length of use. The typical time period of detoxification lasts 1-3 days during which time other medications may be prescribed under careful medical advice to help ease negative symptoms. This can be one of the hardest parts of overcoming your drug addiction because your body has come to rely on the drug being in its system.

Once detox has occurred, then active treatment is administered. It is common for different treatment modalities and services to be used during this time in order to kick the habit once and for all. During this time the individual meets with an assigned counselor who teaches them about the disease they struggle with and teaches one on one coping skills and mechanisms. Individuals will also spend time in group therapy learning triggers to watch out for, learning effective coping skills, and making a network of people who can become a support group for the individual struggling. Having a good support system is key when it comes to overcoming an addiction. Counseling is really great because it can help to determine the root causes that led to the addiction in the first place, most people don’t just do drugs to do drugs, they are covering something else up. Once the root cause is discovered, then more positive coping strategies can be discussed on how to deal with that, by not using drugs. Overcoming drugs is possible if you are first, sincerely wanting to change; and then are serious about doing something about it.