Principles of Effective Drug Treatment

Principlesof Effective Drug Treatment

IndividualTreatment-This principle states that treatment should be matched to anindividual’s health condition and unique health needs.Generalizations are not allowed in treatment. No cure works for allpersons in a similar manner.

Availabilityof therapy-Most patients recovering from drug addiction are never fully readyfor the treatment plan. Consequently, treatment should be readilyavailable for the patients just as soon as they are willing to getit.

Effectivetreatment-the efficiency of treatment is evaluated by the change that treatmentcauses on all aspects of a human being. Treatment is effective onlyif it combats the disease as well as other health conditions such aspsychological needs, legal problems, and even social needs. Mere druguse and cure of a disease do not render treatment effective.

Assessmentof individual`s treatment-Continual evaluation of a person’s treatment is vital in ensuringthat the recovery process is well facilitated. The assessment helpsin the realization of a combination of therapy components as well asadjustment to hasten the healing process.

Treatmentperiod-the principle emphasizes the need for patients to remain in treatmentfor the appropriate time as stated by physicians because thisenhances the effectiveness of therapy.

Therapies-behavioral therapies and counseling are very essential in thetreatment of addiction. It is through these forms of treatment thatpatients are motivated to resist drug use and encouraged to developtheir abilities (Moos,2014).

Medication-the use of medicine under the right prescription is vital intreatment especially when incorporated with treatment therapies.Medicine ought to be taken seriously by patients, and the physiciansbear the responsibility to see that medication is appropriately usedfor the realization of its efficiency.

Treatmentof addictive and mental disorders-Research on patient suffering from drug addiction has revealed thatmost of these patients also ail from mental illness. The treatmentprocedure for addiction should thus be aligned to control and treatthe mental conditions according to the degree of their severity.

Treatmentof addiction-the first stage of addiction treatment is medical detoxification. Theprocess of medical detoxification manages withdrawal symptoms,physical symptoms resulting from drug use and restraining from theuse of drugs. Also, medical detoxification is an active precursor tothe treatment of addiction.

Voluntarytreatment-it is in most instances fails to be effective. This calls for the useof enticements, treatment interventions, and even employment settingsthat tend to improve acquisition of therapy services.

Druguse during treatment-Patients are to be keenly monitored through urinalysis and othertests to establish the possible use of drugs along with medication(McLellan,et al. 2012).Helping patients to resist the urge of drug use improves theefficiency of treatment and hastens the recovery process.

Assessmentfor other diseases-Treatment procedures should perform tests for other fatal diseasessuch as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and hepatitis or any other infectiousdiseases. The test results of these conditions succeeded withcounseling, and other relevant therapeutic procedures can help intransforming lifestyles and providing early treatment for thoseinfected.

Drugaddiction recovery-the process of recovering from substance abuse may take a long timeand therefore create the need to go through it in episodes (Simpson,2015).Therapists must expertly handle the challenges along the way ofrecovery such as relapses of drug use and the need for prolongedtreatment. The patients need to be distracted through participationin support programs.


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Simpson,D. D. (2015). A conceptual framework for transferring research topractice. Journalof substance abuse treatment,22(4),171-182.