Treatment Strategy for Drug Abuse and Addiction

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This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Mr. Peter Olayemi, a member of Ladoke Akintola University Medical Students Association LAUMSA, Nigeria. He is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writers and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.


The world today has become encircled by chronic drug use and addiction. This heightening problem has become so normal, that reality depends on misinterpretations individuals have concerning illicit drug use and dependence. It is fundamental to involve the right treatment strategy for this present circumstance to forestall reoccurrence later on.

Out-patient treatment: Often these projects are the most disastrous. An addict needs assistance getting past the torment of withdrawal. The side effects can be extreme to such an extent that people take the medication again to get alleviation, even though they truly need to stop. There is likewise the issue of location. Remaining in the same environment where the individual takes drugs, with overall similar issues, companions, propensities, etc, makes it undeniably challenging for them to change.

Detox programs: While managed detox projects can assist an addict with getting off a medication securely and ensure their essential requirements are dealt with during the cycle, a true addict will frequently require follow-up in an addiction treatment center. The detox community assists them through the withdrawal with handling, yet does not resolve the issues that made them consume medications in any case. Many addicts wrongly assume that whenever they’ve quit taking the medication, they can remain off it all alone. For the most part, that is not true although there are special cases.

Drug substitution treatment: The most commonly realized substitution drug is methadone. Individuals who previously took heroin or different opiates take methadone. They’re addicted, just that they’ve changed to methadone. Methadone is incredibly challenging to kick, much more awful than heroin, and individuals in some cases end up on it until the end of their lives. Methadone advocates frequently persuade addicts to think that the medications they’ve taken have caused unsalvageable mind harm that will keep them from not having the option to work without medications. Be that as it may, individuals are by and large not tried to check whether this is the situation, so they go on methadone out of the blue; they might have been truly restored of their enslavement and the issues that set them off in that way if they had done an alternate kind of treatment.

Long haul private medication recovery: This strategy has been demonstrated to be the best. It removes the individual from their current environment so they are liberated from issues that can affect settling their addiction. The initial step is withdrawal, then, at that point, the individual starts to address why they became dependent in any case and they are shown fundamental abilities that help to conquer those issues. To wrap things up, they are sent off with a program for another life. A decent long-term addiction treatment center likewise incorporates getting the individual in great well-being and condition. While not every person makes it, the possibility of relapse after this treatment is low.

If you’re looking for help, check out the long-term residential model first. While the others may be more convenient, there’s no point in first trying something with a low success rate as you are likely to have to deal with recovery and relapse cycles that could go on for years. Getting the right treatment in the first place, on the other hand, could completely change the addicts’ lives within a few months.

About the author

Meet Peter Olayemi. A member of Ladoke Akintola University Medical Students Association LAUMSA, Nigeria. He is a second year student studying medicine in Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, Oyo State, Nigeria. He is an article writer, freelancer, proofreader and editor. He is interested in reading articles and learning new things. He writes based on my experiences and research. He is ready to meet new people all around the world and gain more knowledge in many ideas. He is a lover of watching movies and games, especially chess.

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