Addiction is a terrible, all-consuming disease. The effects of drug or alcohol addiction on the individual and his/her loved ones are paramount, and they will only multiply if the addiction goes untreated. The earlier the intervention, the better. However, if that’s not a possibility, there is still hope.
There are a number of options for an individual suffering from substance abuse and addiction.
Treatment can range across a whole spectrum. There are inpatient and outpatient treatment centers (rehab clinics), individual and group counseling, spiritual-based counseling, medicinal interventions, and many other forms of rehabilitation and therapy. The type of treatment the individual chooses will depend on a variety of factors including the level of his/her addiction, any legal issues he/she may be facing, and many other factors.
An addiction treatment center is a great place for individuals suffering from this gruesome disease to find help and hope. There are inpatient programs, wherein a patient lives at the facility and stays there for a number of days, weeks, or months. There are also outpatient programs, where the patient visits the facility on a regular basis for meetings and sessions but returns to his/her own home afterward. There is no right or wrong method, and either can be effective. However, it will all depend on the individual patient.