Substance Abuse Treatments

Written by Michael Federico
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Substance abuse treatments generally report success rates of around 10%. Although this means that many addicts will walk away from a clinic and never return to using, the number who will abuse drugs after undergoing substance abuse treatments is astounding. As doctors continue to prescribe pain medication at record rates, new forms of therapy will have to be developed, or the number of return users will continue to escalate.

Substance abuse treatments and therapies are as varied as the number of clinics in the world, but specificity is not always a top priority. Many treatments do not concentrate on each patient's individual relationship with addiction, or even their particular medical history. Many clinics seem to hold the belief that all drug addicts can be treated in the same way.

Alternative Forms of Substance Abuse Treatments

Many doctors have come to the realization that traditional substance abuse treatments have had little success, in the treatment of opiate addiction. In order to change this, they have set developed alternative practices that treat each case as unique. While Methadone may help some addicts kick Heroin, it will cause some to simply develop a new addiction. So, these alternative methods hone in on ridding the patient's body of its physical addiction to the drug.

Accelerated Neuro-Regulation attacks drug addiction, specifically opiate addiction, at the receptors in the brain. While a patient sleeps under a non-surgical anesthetic, the opiate receptors are medicinally cleansed. When the patient awakes, their body's need for the drug has subsided. Following the procedure they are treated with Naltrexone, a non-addictive, non-mood altering opiate inhibitor. Taken up to a year, Naltrexone nullifies the narcotic effect of opiates, eliminating the high that initially leads most to addiction.

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