Just like with other chronic diseases, such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes, a treatment for drug addiction doesn’t provide a cure. Addiction is, however, treatable and can be managed successfully. A recovering addict is at risk for a relapse for several years after their recovery, and possibly for their entire life. Studies show that using medicines to treat the addiction along with behavioral therapy offers the best chance of successful recovery. It is also best to tailor the treatments to the individual patient’s drug use patterns and any other problems they may have socially, mentally, or medically to help with their lifelong recovery.
Of course, preventing addiction is completely possible. Research shows that drug use and addiction can be greatly prevented by involving schools, families, communities, and the media in prevention programs. A recovering addict will typically admit to personal events or cultural factors that led them to their addiction, but those trends are reduced if young people are taught that drug use is harmful. Therefore, it is imperative to provide outreach and education to communities to help people better understand the risks of using drugs. It is crucial for parents, teachers, and healthcare providers to educate youth to help prevent drug use and addiction.
There are several things to remember when dealing with a recovering addict and when discussing drug use. Those things include:
If you or someone you love is addicted to a drug or is a recovering addict, contact us at Coastline Behavioral Health get clean or continue the road to recovery.