Stages of Treating Drug Addiction

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Anything that goes to the extreme, is considered an addiction. People have lots of addictions and these addictions become harmful when they cross their limits of intakes. Normally, people get addicted to alcohol and drugs. Here, we are going to learn the steps to treat the drug addiction. There are few drugs which when taken even once, can cause addiction. Rehabs have opened up to treat the drug addictions and they are very good at it. The stages of the treatment are described below.

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The early stage of treatment

 CONDITION OF CLIENTS IN EARLY TREATMENT

In the early stage, the client may be in the pre-contemplation or the contemplation or in the early change of the stage depending on the group. The client suffers from mixed feelings in this stage about ending the substance. He may be feeling low as he won’t be able to intake it anymore. Some clients may strongly resist the treatment.

THERAPEUTIC STRATEGIES IN EARLY TREATMENT

Building hope– this therapy involves in building hope in the client/patients that will be able to overcome their fear of leaving their addictions.

  • Universality– the clients are treated as such that they are made felt that they are not the only one facing these problems and that there are other people too in the similar stage.
  • Preaching information– here, the clients are provided with the correct information related to their addictions which will help them further to know about their harmful effects.
  • Socializing techniques– the clients are encouraged to socialize with people so that they can quickly recover from their addictions.
  • Hope– hope is something on which the life goes on and this factor is in-built in the clients.

LEADERSHIP IN EARLY TREATMENT

As clients take their first step, they need high mental and emotional support, a high degree of structure, positive human connections, and an active leadership. In this process, the leader pays special attention to the feelings in the early stage of treatment. He strongly leads the patients/clients forward with an encouragement to recover fast.

Middle stage of treatment

CONDITION OF CLIENTS IN MIDDLE-STAGE TREATMENT

Often it is seen that clients/patients are more reluctant for the treatment as they have already got more addicted to drugs. Cognitive capacity usually begins to return to normal in the middle-stage of treatment. Clients normally may remember the comfort of their substance past, yet forget how bad the rest of their lives were and the seriousness of the consequences that loomed before they came into treatment.

THERAPEUTIC STRATEGIES IN MIDDLE-STAGE TREATMENT

These strategies should also take into account the important role substance abuse has played in the lives of people with addictions. Often, from the client’s viewpoint, drugs of abuse have become their best friends. They fill hours of boredom and help them cope with difficulties and disappointments. As the recovering client’s mental, physical, and emotional capacities grow stronger, emotions of anger, sadness, terror, and grief may be expressed more appropriately. The leader should be capable enough to deal with these emotions and channelize them in the right direction to help the clients.

LEADERSHIP IN MIDDLE-STAGE TREATMENT

In this stage, the leader helps the clients join a culture of recovery in which they grow and learn. The leader’s task is to engage the members actively in the recovery and the treatment process. To prevent relapse, the clients need to learn to monitor their thoughts and feelings, paying special attention to internal clues.

Late stage treatment

CONDITION OF CLIENTS IN LATE-STAGE TREATMENT

In this stage, the clients work to sustain the attainments of the action stage, and also learn to anticipate and avoid tempting situations and triggers that set off renewed substance use. When the internalized pain of the past is resolved, the client will begin to understand and experience a healthy mutuality, resolving conflicts without an incomplete influence of alcohol or drugs.

THERAPEUTIC STRATEGIES IN LATE-STAGE TREATMENT

Some clients may need to explore essential concerns or issues stemming from their family of origin. In this stage, the client begins to learn to engage in life. As they begin to manage their emotional states and cognitive processes more effectively, they can face situations that involve conflict or cause emotion.

LEADERSHIP IN LATE-STAGE TREATMENT

Here, the leader plays a very important role, which refocuses on helping group members expose and eliminate personal deficits that endanger the recovery. Moreover, he allows the clients to experience enough anxiety and frustration to bring out destructive and incomplete character- patterns and copying styles.

Conclusion:

The above discussed are few of the steps or stages in the treatment of drug addictions. There are lot many others which also can be considered. Precaution is always better than cure. So, keep yourself away from drugs and alcohol.

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