May 20, 2010

Considerations in Drug Addiction Recovery


Drug addiction does not have to be a lifelong problem. Some people think that if you are addicted to a substance, you will always be addicted, but that is not necessarily the truth. Joanna, a young lady who was addicted to "crystal meth," now finds that the smell makes her nauseated. She has no more desire to use it. She chose to change; she found a way to do it, and her body supports her in that decision. For her success meant temporarily finding a new environment, gaining support of family members, and obtaining counseling.

While some addicts can make such changes on their own, many do better with a drug addiction recovery program. A treatment that is personalized for individual needs can be very successful in helping the addict recover and maintain a fulfilling life without drugs. It is essential that the recovering individual be taught to recognize his or her own power to make decisions, thus being enabled to say no and gain power over drugs.

The long-term goal of recovery is usually permanent abstinence, but sometimes this must be done gradually, through reduction and learning self-control. As the addict improves in ability to function, continual progress can be made. For some people, and some drugs, medical intervention is necessary. Deciding the best kind of recovery program depends on the individual. Their spiritual viewpoint, financial status, personality, type of drug used, mental health, and desire for abstinence are all factors.

While it is generally agreed in society that "drugs are bad," it is also evident that drugs, whether legal—such as alcohol and tobacco—or illegal, are a large part of many social environments. The user needs to decide whether complete abstinence is the desired outcome. A good recovery program should take the decision-making ability of the individual into consideration.

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