When trying to overcome an obstacle, it helps to know your options. When you have options, you can pick a less challenging and stressful course of action.
This applies to drug addiction recovery as well.
There are many options available when trying to recover from an addiction. Knowing your options can help you get the support you need to make the transition easier and with less effort.
Discussed below are some effective options that people overlook that can help you kick your habit quick.
Detoxification – Detoxification is a process where in which a physician helps a person with an addiction recover by gradually removing their withdrawal symptoms. To immediately stop giving your body a substance it is addicted to can result in not only emotional, but physical withdrawal – as the body has become dependent. So medical detoxification, or “de-tox” for short, is used to help curb one’s withdrawal symptoms.
Depending on what a person is addicted to, some medications have been found, with inpatient care, to help control mild to extreme withdrawal symptoms like shaking, delirium, and seizures. For example, for an alcohol addiction, benzodiazepines, carbamazepine and clonidine are used. While with cocaine, antidepressant are used to help with a person’s depression and anxiety related withdrawal symptoms.
De-tox in conjunction with a recovery program has shown to be very effective in helping addicts recover from drug addictions. These services are available at hospitals and residential treatment centers. Outpatient services are also available at addiction treatment or mental health offices or centers.
Inpatient services prove to provide better results as the patient is carefully monitored to ensure they are not using the drug they are trying to recover from during treatment. However outpatient detoxification services are less expensive and less intrusive on one’s day-to-day lifestyle, and can be equally effective if a careful strategy is in place and used by the patient so that he or she is not using the substance during the treatment plan.
Nutrition – Unfortunately, nutrition is one method that is rarely considered with drug addiction recovery. But it should be as it can help a person suffering from a dependency get their brain back to a healthier state and improve their “thinking” and overall health. It is a helpful, yet overlooked, tool in a well-rounded recovery plan.
As it relates to drug addiction recovery, nutrition means more than taking supplements. It also means changing your diet. For starters, many suggest lowering or limiting dietary intake of simple starches and sugars, and upping the intake of protein.
A good multivitamin / multi-mineral nutrition plan can be recommended by a family or health care provider.
Rehabilitation or Retreat Centers – Alright, so rehabilitation and retreat centers aren’t so overlooked as celebrities are going in and out of them on a regular basis. But, they are overlooked by your average person.
Today there are a wide variety of rehabilitation or rehab centers to help people recover from their addiction. These facilities are not only people, but personality focused. You have rehab centers for Teens, Executives, Gay & Lesbians, for people with addictions to prescription drugs; there are Christian-Based programs, Residential Treatment programs, Intervention Partners, Coast-specific (East or West), and even 12-Step programs just to name a few.
To get more information about these and other programs, you can fill out a brief info request about your case on their website at nationalhotline.org.
Recovering from an addiction is not always easy. Actually, it is rarely easy. But do what you can to turn it around as quickly as you can. If you need help, these are great options to assist you in your journey.
Mike C. is the founder of SelfMadeEasy.com, a nationally renowned self help company focusing on helping individuals of all shapes and sizes overcome obstacles and reach their highest potential. He really goes deep to understand issues to provide effective solutions that are not only practical, but easy to apply.
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