Thursday, November 19, 2009

New thinking on addiction treatments

Just as things have got better with the gadetry we use, like this here internet, so too have we made progress medically in all sorts of things. Diabetes is now a chronic disease, not a short term death sentence, many cancers are treatable these days: but perhaps the greatest changes have come in our knowledge about drug treatment. Treatment for addictions in general in fact.

It wasn't all that long ago, certainly no more than a few decades, when addiction was regarded simply as a form of moral turpitude. Those who were addicted simply lacked fibre and should be punished out of their behavior. Thankfully we now recognise that addiction is a disease and thus look for things like drug treatment, alcohol treatment, addiction treatment, rather than moral exhortation.

We've also made great strides in exactly what that drug treatment might be. For we now recognise that there is not one single or simple thing that we can do to break addiction: we need to treat the patient holistically and there are a variety of treatments which work differently with different patients. For example, some respond best to therapy based treatments: others to interventions more medically orientated. And yes, the group work of things like the 12 step program does indeed work for some. So what we now do, or at least the more advanced treatment centers are doing, is what the Pat Moore Foundation does: offers all the applicable treatments from the one site. Click through any of the links for more information.


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