While addiction affects roughly 20 million Americans, there are still a lot of misconceptions regarding addiction and the treatment and recovery process. Here are some answers to common questions that we see at OneEighty as people begin their recovery journey.
Can an Addiction Be Treated Successfully?
Yes, with the proper assistance. Research has come to define addiction as a disease, and like other disorders, it can be treated with proper help from medical professionals. Several research-based methods have been developed to help people quit drug use and begin living their lives as they enter what is known as recovery.
Does a Relapse Mean Failure?
Relapses can happen, but this doesn’t mean your drug treatment failed. Addiction is a chronic disease, and for some people, a relapse can happen in the recovery process. Relapse often occurs when an individual stops following their treatment plan, or when adjustments need to be made to the current treatment. Working closely with an addiction expert can help you determine appropriate next steps if a relapse occurs.
What are the Treatment Options?
Treatment will typically vary based on the individual’s unique situation, including the type of substances they are abusing. For example, when opioids are involved, a combination of medication and behavioral therapy is typically used. The medication helps the body “detox” for safe withdrawal from the drug. Individualizing treatment based on drug use and any other medical or mental challenges is crucial for success.
While the addiction recovery journey is challenging, it can also be extremely rewarding. Escaping the clutches of drug or alcohol addiction is well worth the effort. If you need help getting started with this process, contact OneEighty today at 330.264.8498.