Dealing with the causes of substance abuse
Having cleared the system of the physical effects, the next stage of of the substance abuse treatment is to identify the reasons behind the problem. The best place for this is a dedicated rehab centre. Here, expert counsellors, psychologists and other specialists can use their experience and expertise to help victims of substance abuse to identify the root cause of their problem. They can also suggest new ways of thinking and living that can help those affected overcome their substance abuse dependency.
The rehab phase of treatment can last for anything from 4 weeks to several years, depending on the extent of the substance abuse problem and the complexity of the underlying problems.
Support for substance abuse victims
Once formal treatment has been completed, it is important that victims of substance abuse continue to receive support from both formal groups and from their family and friends. It is important for all concerned to remember that substance abuse is not a sign of weak will or poor character, but a disease that needs understanding and treatment. It is likely that a series of follow up appointments will be required over several years before a patient can say they are in advanced recovery.
Local support groups are invaluable in this respect. They offer a judgement free environment in which fellow substance abuse victims can share their experiences and support each other, in ways that people who have not experienced the problem could never do.
So, can substance abuse treatment be successful?
Substance abuse covers such a wide range of problems; no two cases will ever be the same, and so no two treatments will ever follow the same course. Thus the success of treatment also varies widely. Some people, there is no doubt, respond well to their therapy and recover to live a healthy and productive life, staying ‘sober’ and ‘clean’. However, addictive behaviour, such as substance abuse, can never truly be cured and the victim will always remain at risk. Each new day really is a continued battle against giving in to addiction.