Not all addiction treatment options are created equal and research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) plays a major role in identifying which treatments are most effective. NIDA is a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. Here are 5 principles followed by successful treatment programs.

Addiction treatment options vary in success. Research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) plays a major role in identifying which treatments are most effective. NIDA is a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. This Institute’s mission is to “advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.”

NIDA has established principles of effective drug addiction treatment and here we discuss the ideas that make a treatment program successful.

  • Addiction is a disease that affects brain function and behavior. Substance abuse results in complex changes in brain function and structure. These changes can be observed long after the drug use has stopped and may continue to influence the user’s behavior throughout recovery. Therefore, substance abuse and addiction should be recognized and treated like other disorders.
  • No one treatment is effective for everyone. Appropriate treatments vary depending on the type of drug(s) and the individual characteristics of the patient. Finding the combination of treatments and resources is important for a successful recovery.
  • Treatment must be accessible. People with substance abuse issues may be reticent to begin treatment, so treatment options will be most effective if they are accessible as soon as a patient decides to take advantage of them. Potential patients may not get help if it is too difficult to access.
  • Treatment should be holistic. Effective treatment will address the many needs of an individual, not just his or her substance abuse. This approach includes any additional medical, psychological, social, vocational, or legal needs the patient may have. It is also important to tailor any treatment approach to the patient’s specific age, gender, ethnicity, and culture.
  • Sustain treatment over time. Each patient will have different needs for treatment based on the type and degree of substance abuse as well as other factors. Research tells us that most patients will need to remain in treatment for a minimum of 3 months and many patients will require much longer. Recovery from substance abuse is a long-term process that may include relapses that trigger the need for additional services. To learn more about how addiction treatment can be made to last, visit the source article at the Drug Abuse website.

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