Addiction is a complex long-term disease that gets worse the longer a person uses drugs or alcohol. People who use substances to get through life are not irresponsible or avoidant. They are struggling with emotions that make them feel sad, angry, disconnected, or alone. These individuals use drugs and alcohol to cope. Most addicts and alcoholics wish they could enjoy life without needing to alter their state of mind. However, the desire to use drugs and alcohol to feel better is often a mental health matter. Some people are suffering from an undiagnosed emotional or mental health condition and self-medicate with drugs. The only reason people use crack cocaine and other drugs is to numb their emotional pain.
Why Can Medication Help You in Your Sobriety?
The days of quitting drugs or alcohol without medical support in the form of pharmacotherapies and behavioral therapies to help them get clean and stay clean are over. The last two decades have prompted extensive research on addictions. The National Institute of Drug Abuse wholeheartedly supports medications to help a person end their drug addictions.
Medications are an important treatment element for many patients, especially when combined with counseling and other behavioral therapies. For example, methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone (including a new long-acting formulation) are effective in helping individuals addicted to heroin or other opioids stabilize their lives and reduce their illicit drug use. Acamprosate, disulfiram, and naltrexone are medications approved for treating alcohol dependence. (NIDA)
What is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?
Medication-Assisted Treatments are a treatment intervention for helping people who are physically addicted to drugs to get clean and sober. The acronym MAT is how medical professionals designate a person’s treatment plan. Some people require long-term MAT, as in the case of opioid addiction. Others only need a short-term course of MAT to get through drug or alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Medication-Assisted Treatment is the mainstay now of all reputable substance abuse treatment programs.
Providing a person medications to end an addiction is not substituting their addiction. Instead, it is providing them a safe way out of the nightmare that their addiction has caused.
Signs And Symptoms of a Substance Use Disorder (Addiction)
The biggest sign that someone you love is struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol is if their drug use or drinking disrupts their lives. Addiction is the continued use of a drug or alcohol despite negative consequences. For example, suppose you or your family member is getting into trouble because of their drug use. In that case, they need immediate support from their family to get help. Other signs of drug and alcohol addiction include:
- Having new friends who drink or drug
- Borrowing or stealing money
- Lying about where they go
- Attempts to quit drugs but don’t
- DUI’s or arrests
- A drastic change in behavior or mood
- Expressing interest in getting treatment
Other Cries for Help
Suppose you or your loved one is exhibiting less apparent signs of addiction, such as financial hardships, a difference in physical appearance or routine, or a desire to get away from their regular life. In that case, these are signs that addiction could be occurring. Remember that once a person becomes addicted to any drug, their motivation is fixated on getting and staying high or drunk. They need to get sober first to recognize that they are in trouble. We can have our professionals talk with your loved ones to help them see that they need and can be helped.
How to get Admitted Today for Medication-Assisted Treatments to Get Sober?
We provide same-day admission to evidence-based treatment programs for crack, cocaine, and other drug or alcohol addictions. Don’t let your loved one remain on drugs any longer. They can be medicated to help them get through the withdrawals and support them long-term in their recovery. As a result, drug addiction can be stopped, and millions of people now live the good life without using drugs or drinking. Call for priority placement into a drug-specific treatment program and chat or email for more information.