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The Problems with Traditional Addiction Treatment

The Problems with Traditional Addiction TreatmentTraditionally treatment for drug addiction focuses on treating the addiction or substance abuse issue without addressing possible underlying issues or co-occurring disorders. It is common that Albuquerque residents who abuse drugs are self-medicating (knowingly or subconsciously) an underlying problem such as one or more of the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress-related disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia

In addition drug use can exacerbate or even initiate mental health problems, resulting in a downward spiral. Patients seek to medicate their pain through continued or increased drug use, and avoid dealing with the issues that are causing problems in their lives. The problems become worse, the pain increases, and addicts seek escape through more drug use.

What Happens in Traditional Treatment for Albuquerque Residents

Traditional treatment programs address substance abuse and may succeed in helping someone quit using drugs. However, if any underlying or related conditions such as depression are left untreated, Albuquerque residents may be susceptible to relapse, particularly when situations occur that cause stress or trigger symptoms of the underlying condition. Traditional treatment is limited due to the following reasons:

  • Traditional treatment addresses only the substance abuse
  • It does not address underlying or co-occurring issues
  • It does not treat whole person
  • It can be effective in stopping drug abuse
  • Traditional treatment can leave patients open to relapse

What Happens in Integrated Treatment for Albuquerque Residents

Integrated treatment is a more holistic approach to treating drug addiction. Integrated treatment addresses substance abuse issues as well as any underlying or co-occurring issues and is more effective in producing long-term results. Patients are able to achieve not only long-term sobriety, but increased mental and emotional health, happiness, and quality of life. All aspects of a patient’s life in Albuquerque can improve from family and interpersonal relationships to job performance and career success. This can create an upward spiral of success as a recovering addict can find rewards from living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle and may no longer feel the need to escape from pressures that seem overwhelming.

Integrated treatment does the following:

  • Treats the whole person
  • Addresses and treats issues related to drug abuse and overall mental health
  • Is much more effective in achieving long-term sobriety
  • Can improve all aspects of life

Integrated Treatment Help for Albuquerque Residents

If you or someone you know is suffering from drug addiction, we can help. Our confidential helpline is toll-free, and we are available 24 hours a day. Trained professionals are standing by to answer any questions you may have and help find treatment solutions. Call us today.