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What treatments are available for drug addiction?

If you’re facing drug charges in New Jersey, chances are your problems extend beyond legal concerns. You may have a substance abuse problem, which not only causes legal woes but can also impact your professional life and interpersonal relationships. In this case, getting the proper drug treatment is crucial. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains some of your options.

There are three goals to successful treatment

Regardless of the substance you have issues with, all drug treatments have three goals. First, the person must stop using drugs in the present. This can be difficult enough, especially with long-term addictions. Next, the person must remain free of drug use. Finally, the person must be a productive member of society, both at work and at home.

Inpatient treatment may be necessary

With severe drug addictions, inpatient treatment may be necessary. This entails living in a treatment facility that provides care on a 24/7 basis. Inpatient treatment can be short or long-term and it can range in length. Some people will undergo treatment for as long as a year, while others may only stay as long as it takes to detox, which allows the drugs to leave a person’s system. There is also transitional treatment, such as recovery housing.

Medications often play a role

After inpatient treatment, many people are prescribed drug regimens to assist in their recovery. For instance, people addicted to opioids are often given methadone or buprenorphine, which are used to reduce cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms. Other types of drugs, such as naltrexone, actually prevent the brain from experiencing the euphoric effects of opioids. Medications are most effective when the person has successfully detoxed. 

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