Treating Various Types of Addiction Differently

Treating Various Types of Addiction Differently

People are susceptible to believing in the misconception that all types of addiction should be treated the same. However, the truth is that alcohol and drug rehab is not “one size fits all.”

Different addictions vary just as much as the addicts themselves. The obsession with substances may be similar from one addict to another. However, the reality is that there are a number of unique factors and experiences that contribute to addiction. This can make each case unique and require more individualized care for treatment.

Not only this but each substance will require its own specific detoxification process. For example, having an addiction to opioids will require for you to be weaned off the drug. Similarly, an addiction to alcohol may require different medications to be administered in order to alleviate withdrawal symptoms.

Every case is unique. As a result, a good treatment facility will take into account the type of addiction that you suffer from. In addition to this, your chemical history and personal background will also be considered for your treatment plan.

Treatment for Different Types of Addiction Varies

When a client arrives at rehab, they go through a rigorous medical exam. They also have a mental evaluation and detailed drug screening as part of their initial intake process. All of this is done to establish the patient’s chemical history and put an individualized treatment plan in place. Every single case is completely different. This is because there are a number of factors that come into play when creating a treatment plan.

Types of Drug Addiction

In order to create an effective treatment plan, it’s important to understand the specific substances that you are psychologically and/or physically dependent on. Your course of treatment depends on the types of drugs that you are addicted to.

To reiterate, someone who suffers from alcoholism will not have the same treatment regimen as someone who suffers from an opioid addiction. The recovering alcoholic won’t be put on opioids during their detoxification process. However, someone who was addicted to heroin may need to be tapered off the opioids by being placed on a drug like Suboxone or Subutex.

The same goes for people suffering from methamphetamine addiction, cocaine addiction, benzodiazepine addiction, fentanyl addiction, and marijuana addiction. Treatment must be catered to the specific drugs that were abused.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

In addition to this, there are many more factors that can help establish the best way to treat an addict, like yourself. There are co-occurring addictions and mood disorders. In addition, there are also underlying medical conditions, like heart disease or diabetes, that can play a critical role in how you may be treated.

When someone suffers from a co-occurring disorder, such as depression or PTSD, in addition to their drug addiction, it’s important that they have a dual diagnosis treatment plan that targets each of their conditions. If only one condition is treated, then problems can arise. The individual may even revert back to using substances in an attempt to “self-medicate” or cope with the other condition.

On the other hand, it’s important to note that a person who does not suffer from a co-occurring disorder will not receive the same treatment plan as someone who does.

Understanding Different Types of Addicts

Not only do addictions vary but people receiving treatment for addiction come from all different walks of life. As a result, there are different types of addicts that come to rehab for treatment. For example, some people are court-mandated to receive treatment. Because of this, they may be more resistant to the recovery process. Others may be at the point where they are ready and willing to do whatever it takes to recover from addiction. This may be because they have hit their absolute bottom (and don’t want to dig any deeper.)

Consider Who You Surround Yourself With

There’s a phrase in recovery that goes “stick with the winners.” This means that you should stick with people that are just as serious about their recovery as you are. If you want a new life in recovery but continue to surround yourself with people in treatment who are plotting to relapse, you’re setting yourself up. The same goes for when you surround yourself with people who don’t really want to stay sober long-term.

It’s unfortunate but the people who don’t really want help or aren’t ready for that help just yet are typically the people that end up leaving treatment against medical advice to relapse or complete their treatment only to relapse shortly after.

Additional Ways Addicts May Differ

There are also other ways that addicts may differ. This includes but is not limited to the length of their addiction, the types of substances that were abused, past traumas that may have occurred, socioeconomic backgrounds, financial status, etc. Many addicts come to find out that even though they are different in a number of ways, they can relate to the pain of addiction.

It’s important to note, however, that being able to relate does not mean that anyone’s treatment should be treated the same. Individualized treatment exists for a reason, and it’s to help each individual heal from their specific addiction and circumstances that may have contributed to it.

Detoxing from Different Addictions

Because there are different types of addictions and different types of addicts, each individual’s treatment plan will vary – including their detox. The detox experience is typically never pleasant, but symptoms can vary from mild to so severe that they can be life threatening. This all depends on the types of drugs that were used and the length of time in which they were used. Therefore, the types of addiction play a big part in what detox is like.

Alcohol Detox

For example, detoxing off alcohol can actually be dangerous and unpleasant. Alcohol withdrawal can produce some of the most serious withdrawal symptoms. This includes seizures, hallucinations, nausea, agitation, and Delerium Tremens. DT is a medical emergency and requires medical attention. This is why it is important to go through an alcohol detox is a safe center. At a medical detox center, you can be monitored and have your withdrawal symptoms treated. If left untreated, DT and other alcohol withdrawal symptoms can lead to loss of consciousness and even death.

While different treatment is required for each person, it is all dependent on a case by case basis. Most of the time, detox is not life threatening. However, extreme discomfort is likely to make a person want to relapse. This is why, again, it’s best to be detoxed off all substances at a medical detoxification center and receive inpatient treatment afterward.

Treating Types of Addictions

After the individual is detoxed and stabilized, inpatient treatment begins. Just like detox, different needs will arise during treatment. Each case is handled as a unique one. The way a patient is treated will depend on all of the factors mentioned above. Treatment is fluid, with nothing set in stone so that treatment is always adapting to the the progress of the client as well as their specific needs for treatment.

Taking an individualized approach for addiction is the best method for treatment because it allows for patients to receive the specific care that they need. Treatment shouldn’t be considered “one size fits all.” The reality is what works for one person may not work for another. Finding the right treatment with the best therapeutic practices that address each of the patient’s need is the best way to get through to each individual.

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