The first step down the road to recovery is to admit that there’s a problem and that help is needed. If the addict isn’t ready and willing to make positive changes for their life, it won’t be successful. After admission, a commitment should be made. The person has to have the mindset that they’re starting a new chapter to their life––a chapter that doesn’t include drugs. After the commitment is made, planning should begin. The addict needs to choose a rehab facility (if they’re going to one), an overall plan, treatment types, and goals.
There are several types of drug and alcohol addiction. The treatment options aren’t the same for every addiction. The treatment for alcohol recovery won’t be the same as the treatment for opiate recovery, for example. Though they aren’t all the same in every aspect, each addiction has its own therapies that addicts should take advantage of.
As with any other drug or alcohol addiction, stimulant addiction recovery has several different therapy options. Stimulants are one of the broadest categories. Stimulants are drugs––some legal and some illegal¬¬––that people use to get boosted energy, more focused, enhanced mood, etc. The stimulants category may include: cocaine, crack, ephedrine, amphetamine, Adderall, Ritalin and Dexedrine. All of these drugs, whether illegal or legally prescribed medication, are highly addictive.
There are several opportunities while in treatment. The addict needs to choose a rehabilitation center that provides some positive therapies. The process begins with detoxification. The person must rid their body of stimulants of any kind. Detox can take place at home or as an inpatient process with some help. In some substance detoxifications, medication can be prescribed to help with withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, there is currently no medication for stimulant detox.
After detoxification is complete, the person can begin with therapies. Usually the person needs encouragement, and can get that with the help of self-help groups such as Narcotics Anonymous or group therapy. Group therapy helps by discussing challenges with others going through the same thing. Group sessions may discuss topics such as reasons for addiction, coping skills and things that trigger urges.
A highly successful option for individual sessions is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This therapy takes the viewpoint that changing harmful thinking will lead to more positive behavior, and the therapist works with the patient to achieve that goal.
Motivational interviewing is sometimes coupled with CBT. This therapy is one-on-one with a therapist who engages in an involved discussion with the patient. They discuss positive thinking and behavior, and set goals. The therapist encourages the patient to gain confidence in their ability to succeed with nothing but positive comments.
Family therapy is beneficial as it reassures the addict of the support and love they have from their family. It teaches the family about addiction and recovery. It also gives them information on how they can help in the recovery process.
There are also several other types of therapy that could be effective for stimulant addiction. However, these types are typically considered the most effective. The most important thing, though, is the love, support and encouragement that the person needs to be successful in recovery. For anyone who feels that they need support, the helpline has operators always willing to listen at 800-447-9081.