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Drug Treatment Plan

Breaking free from the prison of drug addiction requires a comprehensive drug treatment plan devised by a professional with related experience. Without a plan, it is too easy for the recovering addict to fall back into the same habits and behaviours that trigger addictive behaviour. The lack of a plan is why so many who try to recover on their own end up failing.

So what does a comprehensive drug treatment plan look like? It consists of a collection of treatments and strategies all organised around breaking the habits associated with addiction and teaching the recovering addict how to take control of his or her future. Beyond that, the sheer number of treatment options available prevents us from giving a standard treatment plan that works for everyone.

Sadly, some drug treatment service providers have chosen to adopt the ’one-size-fits-all’ approach. They use the same treatment plan for every addict regardless of individual circumstances. However, such an approach rarely succeeds. That’s why we prefer to work with service providers who create a bespoke drug treatment plan for each client.

When devising a treatment plan, the professional staff at our clinics take into consideration the following:

  • the substances being used
  • the length and severity of the addiction
  • you worry about having enough drugs around
  • current physical and mental health
  • current circumstances (home, family, work, etc.)
  • past medical and personal histories
  • current financial situation.

By taking all of these things into consideration, medical professionals and therapists can devise a plan that is likely to achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time. Our experience has shown us that devising individual treatment plans is a lot more effective than trying to put every client through the same treatment.

Types of Treatments Used

As we mentioned earlier, there are a large number of different treatment options service providers can choose from. So rather than trying to list all of them, we will list the three main categories they all fall under. Those three categories are:

  • Physical Dependence - Drug abuse that is left untreated leads to a physical dependence on the substances being used. That physical dependence is the result of a condition known as tolerance. Physical dependence must be overcome, through detox and medical care, before an addict can fully recover.
  • Psychological Dependence - The physical condition of tolerance often leads to a psychological dependence as well. Then psychological dependence involves both thought processes and emotions and, in many addicts, can be harder to overcome than physical dependence. A variety of psychotherapeutic treatments is used to deal with psychological dependence.
  • Reintegration - For the recovering addict, reintegrating into normal society can be a monumental task. Many of the clinics we work with offer a variety of treatments to make the reintegration process easier. The idea is to equip the recovering addict to re-enter society with the tools necessary to prevent future relapse.

If you were to seek help through one of our clinics, you would be assessed by medical staff and therapists to determine the severity and extent of your addiction. The team would devise a bespoke treatment plan using the information they gleaned from the assessment.

For purposes of illustration, here is an example of a residential treatment plan you might be offered for a heroin addiction:

  • Medicated Detox - You will undergo a 7-10 day medicated detox period during which time you will receive methadone in order to help you detox more gradually. The detox will be supervised by medical professionals every step of the way.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - During the first 10 to 14 days following detox you will undergo a treatment known as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Your therapist will establish a set of goals that you will work to achieve in each session. The purpose of the therapy is to help you identify and overcome those things that trigger addictive behaviour
  • Group Therapy - The next step will be several weeks of group therapy in which you will get together with other residents to work through psychological and emotional difficulties. You will learn to support one another and hold one another accountable to the recovery process.
  • Life Skills - In the final weeks before being released from the residential programme, you will undergo life skills sessions that will equip you to live a drug-free future. Those life skills might include everything from strategies for avoiding temptation to practical skills like managing your time and money.

When your residential treatment programme has concluded, you will most likely be engaged in several months of aftercare as a follow-up. Aftercare services pick up where the residential treatment left off, in an effort to make sure you do not relapse. The long-term success of your treatment ultimately depends on your willingness to participate in aftercare for long as is necessary.

If you would like, you will also be able to join a local addiction recovery fellowship. Examples of these fellowships include things like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narconon. The fellowships offer you a place where you can both receive and provide mutual support. Many of the recovering addicts we have helped have remained members of the fellowships long after their treatment concluded, simply because they want to help others.

It's Your Turn

We hope that by explaining the basics of a drug treatment plan you are more comfortable with the idea of getting help for your problem. Although you may be somewhat frightened by the idea of treatment, we want to assure you there is nothing to be afraid of. Drug treatment exists because we want to see you get well.

If you are ready to regain control of your life, we are here to assist you. We have all of the latest information regarding the treatment options offered by private clinics, community based organisations, support groups, counsellors and the NHS. If you are willing to call and talk with one of our counsellors, we’ll help you find a treatment programme and facility that is right for you. With just one call, you could be on the road to a future free of drug addiction.

Health Insurance

Our Rehabs accept most of the major private health insurers.

  • AVIVA Health Insurance
  • AXA Health Insurance
  • Bupa Health Insurance
  • Standard Life Health Insurance
  • Vitality Health Insurance
  • Cigna Health Insurance
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