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Taking the first step is the toughest challenge when fighting addiction

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Dealing with addiction is very challenging because it takes more than willpower to overcome the problem. Drugs or alcohol addiction can impact the brain and generate irresistible craving that makes abstinence much more difficult.  Taking the first step is always the toughest one when someone is fighting addiction. It is hard for an individual to recognize that he or she has a problem and then deciding to make changes. It is normal to suffer from uncertainties about how much you can progress towards recovery from the dreaded habit of drowning in alcohol or drugs.

Only when you can take the first step you get some confidence in moving towards a life free from drugs or alcohol. Realizing that the substance is disrupting your life in some ways will provide the mental strength to fight against it. Recognizing the harmful effects of a substance on your life opens the door for several treatment options that are available at St Johns rehab.

Access to treatment is critical

To recover from addiction, treatment is the only thing that people with addictive disorders would need. Therefore, making treatment accessible to these people is of the utmost importance. Most people may have to continue with the treatment for the rest of their life. Abstaining from substances for life is a very tall order, and the treatment plans keep altering to meet the changed situations that people go through when undergoing treatment.

Treatment options vary according to the severity of the problem, its duration, and how it affects individuals. It may also require treatment of some physical complications developed from an addiction such as respiratory issues in persons who are used to drugs or liver problems faced by alcoholics.

Combined approach

Addiction treatment does not have any simple solution, and most addicts would need a combination of strategies to tackle the issues they face. Addictive treatments are highly personalized, and there is no one size fits all solution available. The procedure might involve inpatient and outpatient programs, psychological counselling, medications, and support from self-help groups.

Detoxification

Addiction results in substance mixing with the bloodstream. It remains within unless removed through some interventions like the process of detoxification. It is the first step in treatment. The procedure consists of clearing the traces of a substance from the body by taking care to limit the withdrawal symptoms. At the rehab centres, doctors use medicines to minimize the withdrawal symptoms at least 80 per cent cases, especially if the person has an addiction to multiple substances.

Counselling

Counselling is the next step in addiction treatment that addresses the psychological issues, and it might be a one-on-one basis, in a group or with a family depending on the need. The treatment begins intensely that gradually reduces as the treatment progresses.  It aims at changing people’s behaviour an attitude in using a substance as well as reinforcing the life-skills

Treatment that runs for a longer time might involve rehabilitation programs that help to sustain the benefits of treatment and prevent its relapse. It also ensures the resumption of a normal lifestyle while shouldering family, social, and professional responsibilities.

 

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