Prescription drug addiction is usually burden to the user’s family and community instead only to the user. The drugs damage relationships between the user and family, friends or community but also damages the user’s level of self-respect.
This leads directly to an even stronger craving for the drug since user experience voidness and lack of love. So how can we treat this problem?
Specialized therapies like Cognitive Behavior Therapy
CBT or cognitive behavior therapy is one of the most successful therapies in every drug-treatment program since the experts “peek” into the thoughts of an addict. In this way, doctors can see the root of the problem and come up with the strategy that slowly changes the addict’s thinking about the drug. The focus is on developing skills of resilience and coping with the negative emotions, which is vital for the overall recovery.
Some facilities often offer a holistic therapy which is basically “cleaning of your mind, body, and soul.” The practitioners of this therapy hold an opinion that an addict must achieve physical healing to heal his emotional and spiritual wounds. Spa sessions, meditations, diets or involvement in arts and sport are among the most common methods for treating the addiction throughout this therapy. In essence, the logic behind these is that the addict’s mind is constantly busy which minimizes the risk of the relapse.
This therapy is for those who decide to get the treatment in the hospital or specialized facility, like a farm for example. During this therapy, the patient is under constant medical supervision which increases the chances of a full recovery. During their time in the specialized facility, they often have a set of simple tasks throughout the day to keep their mind active. It means they will have a normal life with everyday tasks in a controlled environment to get away from the drug cravings, but at the same time, they will slowly adapt to the everyday life.
Note that the daily schedule (regarding tasks and jobs) can be different from facility to facility. Also, inpatient treatment is more efficient than outpatient treatment where an addict goes to a facility on a daily basis to attend the sessions after he/she returns to his/her home.