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Substance abuse and dependence treatments are uniquely tailored to each individual, as there is no universal solution. Recognizing this, treatment plans are meticulously crafted, considering the patient's specific symptoms, medical history, and the duration of their substance abuse.

Treatment for Substance Abuse and Dependence at ​Reliant Family Psychiatry

​Treatment for Substance Abuse and Dependence at ​Reliant Family Psychiatry

Understanding Individual Needs

Substance abuse and dependence treatments encompass a variety of approaches, tailored to the individual's needs and the specific substances involved. Research has led to the development of effective methods that enable individuals to cease drug use and resume productive lives, also known as recovery​​. While there is no cure for drug addiction, treatment options can help people overcome addiction and remain drug-free​​.

​Understanding Individual Needs

Detox

Evaluation

  • Medical Assessment: Patients undergo a thorough medical examination to determine their physical and mental health. This includes evaluating the level of substances and their metabolites in the bloodstream.

  • Psychological Assessment: A mental health assessment helps understand any co-occurring mental health conditions.

Stabilization

  • Medical Stabilization: This involves using medications to safely manage withdrawal symptoms and any medical complications.

  • Psychosocial Support: Patients receive psychological and emotional support during this challenging phase to help stabilize their mental state.

Withdrawal Management

  • Managing Symptoms: Medications and therapies are used to alleviate the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms, which can range from mild to severe.

  • Monitoring: Continuous monitoring ensures the patient’s safety and adjusts treatment protocols as needed.

Transition to Treatment

  • Preparing for Rehabilitation: Detox is only the first step; preparing patients for further addiction treatment is crucial.

  • Referral to Ongoing Treatment: Patients are often referred to inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation programs for comprehensive addiction treatment.

Detoxification, commonly known as detox, is the first crucial step in removing drugs or alcohol from the body. This phase is meticulously overseen in a medically controlled setting to ensure the patient’s wellbeing and safety. The length of detox varies, often lasting from a few days to more than a week, tailored to each individual's specific requirements.

Therapy

Therapy for substance abuse is much more than just treatment; it's a path towards self-discovery, healing, and personal growth. It involves tapping into one's inner strength and mastering the art of facing life's hurdles without leaning on substances. By integrating various therapeutic techniques, this holistic approach ensures that every aspect of a person's life is considered, setting the stage for a recovery that's not only lasting but also enriching and fulfilling.

Medications in Substance Abuse Treatment

Managing Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Easing Discomfort: Medications can alleviate the physical and psychological discomfort of withdrawal, making the detox process more manageable and humane.

  • Medical Supervision: Withdrawal management is typically conducted under medical supervision to ensure safety and adjust treatment as needed.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Addiction:

  • Methadone: Reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms without producing the high associated with opioid abuse.

  • Buprenorphine: Similar to methadone, but with a lower risk of abuse, addiction, and side effects.

  • Naltrexone: Blocks the euphoric effects of opioids and helps prevent relapse.

Treatment for Alcohol Dependence:

  • Disulfiram (Antabuse): Causes unpleasant effects when alcohol is consumed, deterring drinking.

  • Naltrexone: Reduces the urge to drink alcohol.

  • Acamprosate (Campral): Helps restore the natural balance of neurotransmitters in the brain and reduces the physical distress and emotional discomfort people might experience when they stop drinking.

In the realm of substance abuse treatment, medications can be crucial. They're often utilized to avert relapses or to treat symptoms of concurrent mental health issues, contributing to a more all-encompassing treatment strategy.

Addressing Co-occurring Mental Health Disorders:

  • Antidepressants: Used to treat co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety, which are common in individuals with substance use disorders.

  • Mood Stabilizers: Beneficial for patients with bipolar disorder or other mood disorders.​

Relapse Prevention:

  • Naltrexone for Opioids and Alcohol: Helps reduce cravings and the rewarding effects of use.

  • Varenicline (Chantix) for Nicotine Addiction: Reduces the pleasure of smoking and eases withdrawal symptoms.​

Supporting Overall Treatment Goals:

  • Medications in Conjunction with Therapy: Medications are often most effective when used in combination with behavioral therapies.

  • Customized Medication Plans: Medication plans are tailored to each patient’s specific situation and needs.​

The use of medications in substance abuse treatment is a complex and nuanced aspect of the recovery process. It requires careful monitoring and adjustment by healthcare professionals. The goal is to support individuals through the initial withdrawal phase, prevent relapse, and address any underlying mental health conditions, ultimately leading to a more successful and sustainable recovery.​

​Medications in Substance Abuse Treatment

Substance Abuse

Substance abuse, also known as substance use disorder, involves the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs. This condition is characterized by an individual's persistent use of these substances despite clear evidence of health and social consequences. Substance abuse can lead to addiction, a more severe form of the disorder marked by a physical and psychological reliance on these substances.

Find support and healing through Support Groups

substance abuse group therapy sessions, designed to foster a supportive and healing community for individuals on their recovery journey. Our sessions, led by experienced and qualified therapists, create a confidential and nurturing environment where participants can openly share their experiences and challenges with substance abuse. This unique setup not only allows for personal expression and mutual understanding but also provides a platform for accountability and collective growth.

​Discover a brighter mental well-being journey at Reliant Family Psychiatry in Texas!

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