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What treatment options for prescription drug addiction are there?

The rehabilitation options for prescription drugs addiction involve a proper detox followed by inpatient or outpatient drug rehabilitation. Typically, the best approach is an addiction assessment, which benefits the family and addict. An assessment could happen over the phone or in-person and helps the family and addict narrow down treatment options while also determining the extent of addiction. The first step with rehabilitation is detox, and there are two standard types of detoxification options. Conventional detox manages most forms of addiction but may not be equipped to treat prescription drug addiction. Medically supervised detox is the best approach for prescription drug addiction because it provides proper withdrawal management. The withdrawal management process involves using medication to control withdrawal symptoms.

Medical detox usually lasts one to two weeks, but this is different for each person. Some residential drug rehabilitation programs have a medical detox facility as part of treatment, or they operate as a private facility. Following medical detox, the next phase of rehabilitation involves attending inpatient or outpatient drug rehabilitation. Typically, the extent and severity of addiction determine what type of treatment is required. Residential rehabilitation programs offer long-term and short-term options, and an addiction assessment would help an addict determine what method of treatment is needed. Short-term rehabilitation usually lasts three to six weeks, whereas long-term programs provide treatment for three to six months or more.

When the family has decided on what method of rehabilitation they need, the first step involves convincing the addict they need help. Most people addicted to prescription drugs do not realize they have an addiction and are not aware of how their problems affect them and the lives of the people around them. Family intervention is the best approach for a family because it helps them regain control. The best way to organize a family intervention is by hiring a professional interventionist. Certified interventionists are trained and qualified to help counsel families and perform interventions. The purpose of an intervention is not to place blame or point the finger but help the addict understand how the treatment will help.

When an intervention is successful, the next step is getting the person to the treatment center. The family would have already arranged the rehabilitation program and the interventionist would escort the person to the rehabilitation program. During rehabilitation, it is important for the family to remain committed and not back down from the consequences of their loved one leave treatment. Prescription drug addiction becomes progressively worse without help and locating the best treatment options is essential.

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