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Drug abuse treatment: How do you choose the most appropriate drug abuse treatment program? 

drug abuse treatmentOnce you've decided that you're ready to choose a drug abuse treatment program, you may find that it is a frightening and vulnerable time.  Try to find some experienced guidance and be prepared to find that the going will not always be easy.  Focus on the goal of stopping the addictive behavior and starting a new life.  The following are some of the things you should think about as you now begin to think seriously about entering a drug abuse treatment program: 

Before you enter drug treatment, make a list of your personal characteristics and current problems.  Remember that your personal characteristics will have some influence on the type of drug abuse treatment facility that you choose. The problems that you should list will include those that need to be dealt with before or while you're dealing with your drug abuse problem.  You should put this list in front of you as a reminder of why you have entered drug abuse treatment. It’s always best to find at least one individual that you can really trust to talk to and help you along the way.  You must be honest with yourself and them and hold nothing back. 

 

You should now think about the duration of the drug abuse treatment that you are interested in.  Expect it to take much longer than you originally expected it to and beware of the many promises for quick resolution of your problems.  Although a single interview with a good counselor may have some impact, it will not usually eliminate your drug abuse problem.  You should look at long-term results.  Long-term freedom from your addiction problem should always be the goal of your drug abuse treatment program. 

Consider the person you believe you can trust to assist in your drug abuse treatment.  It doesn't always have to be a professional.  Sometimes, an individual who lacks professional training, but who “has been there” will be very helpful.  That person should be someone who can give you a sense of hope that the drug addiction can be beaten.  Listen to their story and try to understand what worked and if you are in a similar situation.  If the information seems to fit your circumstances, then you're probably on the right track. 

You should also consider your psychological-mindedness as you enter a drug abuse treatment program.  This refers to your ability to consider who you are and what motivates you to do the things that you do.  Psychological mindedness also refers to seeing the relationships among your thoughts, feelings and actions in order to discover the meanings and the causes of your experiences and behaviors. If you see yourself as psychologically minded, you may find psychotherapy to be an especially appealing part of your drug abuse treatment program.  However, you don't have to be highly psychologically minded to benefit and receive drug treatment.  However, you should probably at least be somewhat open to exploring feelings and thoughts to benefit from psychotherapy. Your next step will probably be in deciding when to start your drug abuse treatment program.

Information from Addiction and Recovery for Dummies by Brian F. Shaw PhD, Paul Rivto PhD, and Jane Irvine DPhil 

Information and webpage by Paul Susic  MA Licensed Psychologist   Ph.D. Candidate  (Health and Geriatric Psychologist 

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