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Why Is Substance Abuse Treatment for Women So Important?

Some parents have to deal with a “pathological” adolescent crisis when the child is suffering from substance abuse. This often results from a child’s lack of parental guidance. Getting the right substance abuse treatment for women is vital for a complete recovery.

What treatments are offered to drug addicts?

When an addict shows signs of acute intoxication with physical and mental dependence, withdrawal treatment (in the medical environment) are essential, and it must be accompanied by a process of active participation by the user. This is the first step that can be followed by a period of aftercare in a specialized center. Young drug users, casual or otherwise occasionally tempted by it, should be counseled early on.

What are the treatments involved?

Any treatment associated with drug addiction is done on two levels: physical and psychological. Trying to cure a “physical withdrawal” must consist of transient medical aid and should come after a “psychological weaning.” This is where the therapeutic team will aim to reduce the anxiety and the guilt of the patient, to help him or her overcome their feelings of inferiority and self-deprecation, and to support them to lead many attractive and revitalizing personal projects. This process is long and tedious and is often accompanied by relapses.

What is substitution treatment?

Substitution treatment is the temporary use, under medical supervision, of a drug substance intended to free the subject from their dependence on a harsher drug (for instance, heroin). This medical treatment must be accompanied by psychosocial care. Three substitute products are mainly used:

  • Methadone, a synthetic opioid
  • Temgesic, also a synthetic opioid
  • Codeine

To these products is added naltrexone.

Alternative therapies

Alternative therapies can improve the health and social status of chronic dependent users of heroin. Reducing individual risks, substitution allows drug addicts to modify their behavior (reduction or cessation of injecting drug use, delinquent acts, resumption or formulation of social integration projects, training). This method contributes, along with the other therapeutic means, helping the user recover.

Substitution changes the image of the drug and others to it, but it does not solve the problem of drug addiction in general and heroin in particular. In other words, substitution therapy does not cure addiction, but it treats the addict.