Addiction Treatment Essay

1234 Words Oct 4th, 2010 5 Pages
Addiction Treatment

You crave it, you want it and you just can not stop thinking about it or, you just can’t stop doing it, they call it addiction. “Addiction is a chronic, but treatable, brain disorder. People who are addicted cannot control their need for alcohol or other drugs, even in the face of negative health, social or legal consequences. This lack of control is the result of alcohol- or drug-induced changes in the brain. Those changes, in turn, cause behavior changes” (What is Addiction). The behavior change happens when the brain can no longer see the picture as the “big picture”, with out the drug substance. That is when a person that has an addiction starts depending on the drug substance to enhance their experiences.
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When an addict goes to treatment, they don’t just get help to minimize or remove drug abuse, they also get help to change their life values and how they live their life so that when done with the program they can apply what they learned to their new life and also prevent drug abuse from happening again. Treatment also includes medication if needed and also group talk and talk therapy. Treatment is also considered a form of health care and may be conducted by nurses, counselors, social workers, and physicians. Some of the medication that is given in rehab is not to take away the illness of addiction but to help cope with the damage that the addict has done to themselves, such as sleep deprivation, “No available therapy, program, medication or surgical procedure can remove recurrent desire or craving for alcohol and/or other drugs” (McLellan). When a person no longer is addicted or has any desire to use drugs, it is not because of treatment but because that person has learned to manage their life with out drugs. Medication in treatment helps reduce the urges to abuse but mainly that person has learned how to contain those urges. Such as a person with diabetes, they have to learn how to manage their life to have control. Rehab will not cure addiction but it will help addicts stop using substance eventually through time if they continue to be committed to the programs they must attend. The rehab programs, even though some

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