Home » The Cravings of Drug Addiction and the Different Treatment Programs

A key feature of addiction is the desire or craving for a drug, which is different from casually using a substance. Due to this fact, professional addiction treatment programs often focus on controlling these cravings.

For individuals to successfully treat their addiction and maintain a clean recovery, they need to have that right frame of mind. A major step is realizing that addiction is a disease. Much like any other physical ailments people should recognize the symptoms of the disease and seek help from a behavioral health professional.

This acknowledgment will help people put themselves into a better mindset. Overcoming addiction is a challenge by itself. The shame of addiction can be overwhelming for individuals. These thoughts and feelings only make recovery a more allusive goal.

Addiction is more difficult to recover from than most people realize. It is a condition that can negatively impact people’s lives. However, some people do not understand the details of addiction which can make recovery more difficult to achieve.

There are individuals who are able to casually use drugs and not become addicted. This is still a dangerous activity, but some people are able to control and limit their use of these harmful substances. However, for other people, the use of these substances can lead to addiction. The casual use of drugs and alcohol will grow into a craving. These intense cravings will create disorder in a person’s life and negatively interrupt day-to-day activities.

These intense cravings are what make it hard to quit using substances like alcohol or opioids. If individuals are not able to reduce their drug use, these desires will damage their lives. As the drug cravings grow in strength, a person’s body becomes accustomed to the substance. A fact that will create painful withdrawal symptoms. This is where an experienced and well-designed medication treatment program can greatly help. Prescription medication can reduce these symptoms of withdrawal and help people detoxify their systems.

Different Treatment Options:

Addiction is a complex health condition but there are some unifying principles that are part of most recovery programs. Some of these program principles include:

  • Treatments designed for the needs of each individual.
  • A focus on the process of detoxification.
  • The use of professional counseling and other therapies.
  • The use prescription medication for treatments.
  • Treatment plans that are regularly monitored and updated.

Addiction is a chronic condition that is treatable, but people are at risk of relapse even after experiencing a successful recovery. This is why successful treatment programs usually also include maintenance therapy plans. Good treatment plans need to address people’s symptoms as well as the underlying disease of addiction.

Beyond these core principles, there are specific treatment programs for the treatment of addiction. Many people do not realize that there are different types of treatment plans. For example, OTP, MAT and OBOT and all examples of treatment programs. But each program’s details are slightly different?

Opioid treatment programs (OTP) are federally certified addiction treatment programs. These programs utilize behavioral health counseling and FDA approved addiction treatment medications. The drug used in these programs is methadone.

Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is usually connected to a medical professional who possesses a DATA 2000 waiver for prescribing FDA approved medication for conditions such as opioid use disorder (OUD) or alcohol use disorder (AUD). The Healthcare prescriber does not need to be federally certified to deliver these types of treatments.

Office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) are similar to MAT programs. These outpatient treatments often administer buprenorphine (Subutex) as well as other non methadone-based medications. OBOT will prescribe medications in combination with behavioral health therapies. For OBOT programs, there are no requirement for federal certification.

For more information or questions about these programs, reach out to a behavioral health center. They will be able to provide the most current information about addiction treatment programs.

About the Provider:

Emerald Psychiatry & TMS Center is located in Dublin, Ohio. Their psychiatric center provides therapies for a wide variety of conditions ranging from depression and anxiety disorders to addiction and PTSD. For more information about Emerald Psychiatry’s mental health services, call or email them.

Their main office number is (614) 580-6917.

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