Addiction Is a Disease but Can a Drug Addict Be Cured?
The American Medical Association (AMA) declared that alcoholism was an illness in 1956, just as cancer and diabetes are considered an illness. Alcoholism and drug addiction share in common with cancer and diabetes that they are both as of now incurable, but treatable. We all know people in our own lives that have recovered from cancer and live with their diabetes. The same can be said for a drug addict. Mental healthcare providers and addiction rehab centers have made significant advances in treatment methods over the last 65 years, so much so that a drug addict in recovery today considers himself recovered.
Addiction Rehab Centers See Relapse Rates Equivalent to Other Diseases.
The treatment of a drug addict for substance abuse issues is best done at a *licensed dug and alcohol rehab center. Addiction rehab centers have seen a tremendous amount of success fighting the disease and have helped millions of men and women remain drug and alcohol free for periods of 50 or more years. This proves that while incurable a drug addict can be treated successfully. Many outside of the substance abuse treatment community feel that relapse is a sign that drug treatment does not work. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, relapse rates for other chronic illnesses are on par or greater than the relapse rates associated with that of a drug addict who received help from addiction rehab centers.
Comparison of relapse rates between a drug addict and other’s with a chronic illness:
- Drug Addiction: 40-60%
- Type 1 Diabetes: 30-50%
- Hypertension: 50-70%
- Asthma: 50-70%
A Drug Addict Does Not Have a Life Sentence
Treatments for a drug addict have been proven to increase quality of life to a point that actually far exceeds the life previously lived before the active addiction takes hold. Many inside the medical community attribute this to the spiritual programs of alcoholics anonymous or any other 12-step based program. Many addiction rehab centers also employ several medications that help to decrease cravings and fight depression. These 12-step programs and medications when combined with continued therapy at addiction rehab centers results in not a cure but a manageable illness that lies dormant and non-existent unless treatment stops.
Form of medication used by addiction rehab centers to treat a drug addict include:
- Tobacco Addiction
- Nicotine replacement therapies (available as a patch, inhaler, or gum)
- Opioid Addiction
- Alcohol and Drug Addiction
While medication may be used to help treat a drug addict many therapists find that most of the addicts that seek help at addiction rehab centers recover without any medication. behavioral therapy and the introduction of a positive peer base and mentoring in a 12-step program produce the most genuine and longest last results.