This research is being submitted on May 24, 2012, for Ron Harper’s J250 course at Rasmussen College.
Treatment for Drug Use and Abuse
Once a person becomes addicted to a drug or alcohol they will need to get assistance to stop using. There are several treatment methods that can be used to solve this problem. They could utilize medication-assisted treatment, psychological treatment, drug treatment programs, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and/or Narcotics Anonymous. It is an individual’s willpower along with a strong support network and the proper treatment method that is the greatest way to quit an addiction.
There are several different medication-assisted treatment methods for addiction to alcohol. One particular treatment method is Alcoholics Anonymous, a 12 Step Treatment Program designed to help people stop using alcohol. It is estimated that at least 50% of alcoholics eventually free themselves although only 10% are ever treated. One study found that 80% of all alcoholics who recover for a year or more do it on their own, some after being unsuccessfully treated. When a group of these self-treated alcoholics was interviewed, 57% said they simply decided that alcohol was bad for them. Twenty-nine percent said health problems, frightening experiences, accidents, or blackouts persuaded them to quit. Others used such phrases as "Things were building up" or "I was sick and tired of it." Support from a husband or wife was important in sustaining the resolution (Orange, 2012).
Nicotine preparations (patches, gum, and nasal spray), bupropion (Aplenzin, Budeprion, Buproban, Forfivo, Wellbutrin, and Zyban), and Varenicline (Chantix) are available for individuals addicted to nicotine (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1999). The cost of nicotine replacement therapy is about the same or less than the cost of cigarettes. The nicotine patch, gum, nasal spray and inhaler are all forms of... [continues]
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