Addiction:Effective Treatment Methods

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Addiction to drug and alcohol cannot be cured, but there are many methods of effective treatment available today

Addiction to drug and alcohol cannot be cured, but there are many methods of effective treatment available today

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  • 1. www.helpingpsychology.com Addiction: Effective Treatment Methods http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/iStock_000005135399Small-300x199.jpg
  • 2. www.helpingpsychology.com Addiction to drug and alcohol cannot be cured, but there are many methods of effective treatment available today. It should be noted that there is a difference between chemical dependency, which is a physical symptom caused by the drug itself, and addiction, which is a genetic, compulsive disorder. http://drugalcoholtreatmentfinder.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/305813_7102.jpg
  • 3. www.helpingpsychology.com Most people are familiar by now with 12 step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous. The 12 steps don’t work for everyone, at least not as a stand alone method. http://www.recoverybroadcastnetwork.net/images/AA%20500x315%20GIF.gif
  • 4. www.helpingpsychology.com Other options for the treatment of drug and alcohol addictions include medications such as methadone, suboxone, and oral naltrexone. http://i.ehow.com/images/GlobalPhoto/Articles/5294997/319374-main_Full.jpg
  • 5. www.helpingpsychology.com Methadone has been in use for some time for narcotic opiate addicts, however, due to government restrictions, it is difficult for many addicts to receive treatment, and the medication must be doled out daily, requiring addicts to visit a clinic every day. http://opioids.com/methadone/methadone-bottle.jp
  • 6. www.helpingpsychology.com Suboxone comes in a tablet form and is used to treat severe opiate addiction. It also contains a drug which, if injected or otherwise not used as directed, will counteract all effects of the first drug, and cause withdrawal and negative side effects http://www.helpmegetoffdrugs.com/images/Suboxone_Bottle_UN7Y.png
  • 7. www.helpingpsychology.com For alcoholics, a drug called Campral – used for quite some time in Europe, but only recently available in the United States – is a drug that blocks the brain from receiving the enjoyable aspects of alcohol, which stops the cravings associated with drinking. Campral does not block withdrawal from alcohol and may not be helpful to someone who has not already stopped drinking. http://www.bbonlinepharmacy.com/images/campral.gif
  • 8. www.helpingpsychology.com Naltrexone is a medication which eliminates the patient feeling any of the effects of narcotics, which helps to guard against relapse. Nalterxone can be used as a maintenance measure, when a doctor feels a patient should stop taking Suboxone. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_BTMqWOhhl4s/SAxhzTFLCSI/AjE/p25pCIGJXp0/s400/Revia-Naltrexone.jpg
  • 9. http://www.healthsquare.com/common/images/b/BRR09020_60120_5.JPG www.helpingpsychology.com Like Campral, Naltrexone is currently only approved for alcoholism, but doctors have found benefit when used for other types of addiction.
  • 10. www.argosy.edu www.HelpingPsychology.com Helping Psychology Is Sponsored By