Drug addiction treatments available

medication-3There are several different treatments for drug addictions because addictions affect people in different ways and some addictions are more serious than others.

First stages of treatment

Before you can start a course of treatment, you must first admit that you have a problem with drugs that has spiralled out of your control. As soon as you admit this and focus on conquering your addiction, one of the hardest parts is over with. If you have a problem and want help from the NHS, the usual process is to see your GP. Your GP will have a chat with you, ask you questions about your drug taking habits and assess your state of mind. They may also ask you questions about why you take drugs, when you take drugs and if there are any triggers which cause you to take drugs.

Treatment providers

Specialist drug services

The usual course of action is for the GP to refer patients with drug addictions to specialist drug services. Patients are assessed at the local specialist clinic and allocated a keyworker. The keyworker may be a nurse, doctor or a drugs worker. They will be with the patient during every stage of the treatment and will help to provide advice and support. Keyworkers help to organise treatment and draw up a treatment plan with the patient. They act as the first port of call for the patient throughout the treatment process. If you do not feel comfortable going to your GP, many local drugs services take self-referrals. You can find information about local services by contacting FRANK or getting in touch with your local NHS trust. You can trust that these addictions treatment facilities are capable of extending the right kind of help that you or a loved one would need.

Private treatment

There are many private organisations and clinics that provide treatment for people with drug addictions. These are not free and can be very expensive but they offer specialist care which is tailored to suit the individual. Rehabilitation clinics offer programmes which involve a number of different treatment methods, including detoxification, medication, group therapy and one to one counselling.

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Voluntary organisations

Many charities and voluntary organisations that provide group therapy and support sessions; these are usually linked to local NHS services.

Types of treatment

Types of treatment for drug addiction include:

  • Medication: medication is used to replace the drug and prevent withdrawal symptoms; this enables the patient to gradually stop taking drugs.
  • Counselling: counselling helps to address the cause of the addiction and enables people to gain confidence and find new ways of dealing with difficult situations.
  • Behavioural therapy: therapy enables people to talk about their problems and find new ways to overcome issues.
  • Group therapy: many people find it beneficial to meet other people in a similar situation and tackle the problem of addiction alongside others.
  • Rehabilitation: rehabilitation is usually recommended for people who have severe addictions. Rehabilitation centres remove the patient from their old life and provide them with an intensive programme, which may include all of the treatments listed above.