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Medical Care Options For Dependency


For people who are suffering from drug or alcohol substance abuse, there are many medical care options. Continuous support groups, various treatment options, and residential and non-residential rehab are available for them.

Many people opt for inpatient or outpatient treatment as the beginning of their recovery process. A patient's individual requirements are taken into account and the medical care is tailor-made for them, since every person has a unique situation. Depending on how serious the addiction is and which substance is being abused, the medical personnel will draw up a suitable treatment plan.


  • Residential Medical Care
  • The highest level of treatment care such as medically supervised detoxification and around-the-clock support are what inpatient programs offer.
  • Persons with serious addictions or ones with recurring addictions are advised to take the inpatient rehab option
  • The rate at which recovered addicts remain clean after rehab is also high for those who went through residential medical care.
  • Outpatient Medical Care
  • For persons who have the desire to quit substance abuse, but need a flexible program that works with their availability, the outpatient treatment is recommended
  • During treatment, outpatient programs allow continuing care and access to family.
  • Sober Living Homes
  • Sober living homes work as a link between an inpatient treatment centre and "this present reality."
  • A sober living home provides a controlled environment in which a person can put into practice what they learnt in rehab and they can also use the opportunity to develop better habits.
  • Support Groups
  • Support groups are important to sustain sobriety after rehab
  • There are various diverse care groups custom fitted to particular substances or demographics.
  • Finding the right gathering gives a group of people that support and encourage each other to remain focused on moderation.
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • For individuals going through a treatment program, an addiction counsellor's role is to provide unbiased support.
  • Counsellors make an individualized arrangement for treatment and aftercare and direct one-on-one or group treatment sessions.

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Common Treatment Format

Most alcohol and drug treatment programs take after a comparative system, starting with a medical detoxification and proceeding into progressing treatments.

  • 1. Detoxing from Drugs and Alcohol
  • To ensure that there are no complications during the process, detoxification is usually done under the supervision of a trained professional and this is usually the first step in treatment.
  • Detoxing from a few medications requires the utilization of drug amid treatment to facilitate the withdrawal procedure.
  • The drugs are usually reduced gradually until the user is not dependent on any drug
  • 2. Residential vs. Non-residential rehab
  • Intensive residential treatment programs designed to help individuals overcome serious or long-term addictions are inpatient rehabs.
  • On the other hand, patients are allowed to continue with their work and studies with non-residential rehab programs.
  • After care therapies (Life After Treatment)
  • There are many ongoing therapies available for recovering addicts to help them continue on the right path to rehabilitation.
  • Continuous treatment will give the recovering user a person or persons to whom they are accountable and from whom they can get support and this is important because the journey to recovery never ends.

Addiction Treatment Therapies

A person's cycle of abuse and health status is what determines what therapies are used when getting medical care.


An array of individual or group therapy sessions are the options for therapy and this is organized by addiction counsellors.

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • CBT helps patients in treatment deal with challenging thoughts or feelings that could compromise recovery or lead to a setback
  • Co-occurring conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can be treated with this form of therapy.
  • Biofeedback
  • In a biofeedback session, electronic monitors are put on the addict's skin to give the doctors a precise read on the patient's "bio" signs
  • On-site biofeedback therapy session runs for a period of between 30 minutes to one hour and are set to give patients a psychological edge to deal with their addictions
  • Holistic Therapy
  • Both the physical withdrawal symptoms and overall health of the recovering drug user are treated when it comes to Holistic therapy.
  • Homeopathy, yoga, and herbal medicine are examples of holistic therapies.
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Where a user's hidden feelings may have led to the addiction, experiential therapy makes use of unconventional methods to help in dealing with these feelings.
  • Rock climbing, rope courses and wilderness therapy are a few examples of this sort of therapy.
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • When it comes to assisting addicts transform their behaviour and thoughts in regards to drug dependency, MET comes in handy.
  • This type of treatment is commonly used for treating recovering patients who have recurring conditions like bipolar or eating disorders
  • Dialectal Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Serious psychological health problems plus the addiction can be treated using this method.
  • This treatment intends to enhance self-regard, urge recuperating addicts to expel triggers from their life and give abilities to oversee stress.
  • Faith-Based Treatment
  • Faith-based treatment centres give people who regard religion with specific programs and services that focus around belief and sanctity.
  • For those patients seeking for assistance from a power greater than themselves to remain drug-free, they can be around other people that offer encouragement through faith.

Support Groups For Addiction

There is need for a recovering user to be encouraged by people who really know what they are going through and they also need a person to whom they can be accountable to.


Once out of treatment, these groups are an instrumental part of staying on the right path allowing for continued care after rehab.

  • 12-Step programs
  • In view of the Alcoholics Anonymous model, 12-stage projects are the treatment standard in many recoveries.
  • The means support those in dependence recuperation to acknowledge their frailty over medications or liquor and reach a higher power as a controlling nearness to help with stability.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
  • Addicts get to hear real stories from people like them who have also struggled with alcohol dependency and how it has negatively affected their life on all levels in AA meetings.
  • Majority of AA sessions are conducted every day or each week within a locality in a public building such as a community centre or church.
  • AA meetings can either be open or closed with the former allowing loved ones to attend and the latter being restricted to the recovering users only.
  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
  • NA is a help unit created after Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • It offers a community of help for individuals recovering from other substances apart from alcohol.
  • NA members inspire one another to be devoted to abstemiousness and avoid going back to their past substance abuse habit.
  • The people who attend the meetings usually talk about their experience during addiction and afterwards.
  • Recovering from Addiction: SMART
  • SMART is considered as an effective substitute to the 12-steps support groups.
  • It offers addicts who are in recovery effective strategies to manage addictive tendencies by looking at the underlying emotions and thoughts that are connected to drug abuse.
  • The steps in the SMART recovery program can be done in any pattern and are four in total.

Facilities For Families Of Addicts

Seeing a friend or a family member struggling with drug or substance addiction is never easy. If the friends or family of an addict need help to organize an intervention, locate a suitable rehabilitation clinic or find a support group for themselves, there are places where they can get this kind of assistance.

  • How to Conduct an Intervention
  • A mediation occurs between loved ones and a dependent and is normally controlled by a mediation expert.
  • An intervention is usually carried out to show the addict why they need to get treatment and to also help them to air out their feelings in a healthy manner.
  • The Al-Anon Support Group
  • When a close friend or a family member is struggling with alcohol addiction, you may want to join Al-Anon if you need support in dealing with them.
  • The main goal of this group is to show these people that they are not alone in their attempt to help their loved one overcome addiction; also, at the group attendees learn effective techniques of treating alcohol addiction as a family disease.

Selecting A Good Rehabilitation Center

There are numerous dependency clinics all over the U.K. that offer specialised recovery and attention for people who are struggling to cope.