Treatment of drug addiction is a time consuming and cumbersome process. Patients easily fall into relapse needing multiple episodes of treatment. Rate of relapse is high enough to be concerned, if the treatment is left in between or patient does not comply with the treatment for required period. Hence repeated treatments may be required to prevent relapses and increase effectiveness of the treatment. If a treatment program is designed as per requirement of an individual addict and has a holistic approach, it will definitely prove fruitful and effective. Few things should be taken care while choosing a treatment plan for a drug addict. If these things are considered they prove helpful in recovery of the addict and help him to live normally further in his life.

  • There is no appropriate method of treatment that suits every drug addict. Every drug addict has different root causes for his addiction and needs individualistic treatment for his rehabilitation purpose. There are different methods and approach for treatment of drug addiction and used as per every individual addict’s requirement. Some addicts may need more than one method of treatment simultaneously or one by one.
  • The treatment method used for rehabilitation of the drug addicted should be readily available. If it is difficult to avail or implement the treatment method then it loses its purpose and increases risk of relapse during treatment.
  • A proper and effective treatment for drug addiction is not only focused at catering to solve the drug addiction but it also tries to reach out to fulfill multiple needs of the individual patient. It tries to fulfil his or her emotional and social needs through a holistic approach so that the root cause of addiction is curbed out.
  • It is not possible to device a treatment plan once and stick to it till the end of treatment. The needs of individual addict change with treatment and time. Thus it is important that the treatment and approach of services plan is assessed time to time and modified to suit the patient’s changing needs.
  • Another important thing is that the addict remains in treatment for an adequate period of time. If an addict leaves the treatment in between, chances of relapse increase. For effective and efficient treatment, an addict should comply with the treatment for the required period of time.
  • Treatment Programs for addiction should also provide for assessment of other chronic disease, which could be a result of the drug addiction. Patients should also be provided with proper counselling to cope with them and to make life style changes to avoid other infections and diseases.
  • Treatment of drug addiction is a time consuming task. Patients are highly prone of relapses, thus they need continuous care till they fully get rid of their addiction. They may need multiple episodes of treatment and multiple methods or approach of treatment for their full recovery.
  • Some addicts may suffer mental disorders alongside their addiction problems. For those patients treatment must incorporate treatment for both the problems in an integrated way.
  • Treatment through drugs is not the complete treatment program. It is the first stage in treatment. For long term effect on drug use counselling and other behavioral therapies are also important. All these together make a comprehensive treatment program.
  • Some addicts may have compulsory need of medicines alongside other psychological methods for complete treatment of their condition. Some may be treated with psychological therapies only. It depends on the extent of addiction and patient’s needs.
  • There is a notion that if an addict voluntarily gets ready for treatment only then treatment could be effective. It is not true. If a patient is forced or brought by somebody else for treatment, even then he could respond well after few sessions of treatment and treatment could prove effective at the end.
  • Continuous monitoring during treatment of drug addiction is quite important as addicts are highly prone to relapses.