Treatments for Drug abuse


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Treatment list for Drug abuse: The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Drug abuse includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • Drug treatment programs
  • Supportive care and treatments
    • Job counseling and training
    • Legal assistance
    • Literacy training
    • Parenting training
    • Family therapy
    • Child care
    • Social services
    • Social support
    • Psychological assessment
    • Mental health care
    • Assertiveness training
    • Family planning services

Treatment of Drug abuse: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to treatment of Drug abuse:

Treatments of Drug abuse discussion: Treatment should include an evaluation of other serious health problems- associated with drug abuse. For women, some of these problems are:

  • Poor nutrition and below-average weight

  • Low self-esteem

  • Depression

  • Physical abuse

  • If pregnant, pre-term labor or early delivery

  • Serious medical and infectious diseases (e.g., increased blood pressure and heart rate, STDs, HIV/AIDS).

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Many drug-using women do not seek treatment because they are afraid, they worry they won’t be able to keep or care for their children, they fear reprisal from their spouses or boyfriends, and they fear punishment from authorities in the community. Many women report that their drug-using male sex partners initiated them into drug abuse and then sabotaged their efforts to quit using drugs. 1

Research shows that women receive the most benefit from drug treatment programs that provide comprehensive services for meeting their basic needs, including access to:

  • Food, clothing, and shelter

  • Transportation

  • Job counseling and training

  • Legal assistance

  • Literacy training and educational opportunities

  • Parenting training

  • Family therapy

  • Medical care

  • Child care

  • Social services

  • Social support

  • Psychological assessment and mental health care

  • Assertiveness training

  • Family planning services.

Traditional male-oriented drug treatment programs may not be appropriate for women because those programs may not provide these services. Research also indicates that for women in particular, treatment is more successful when they stay in regular touch with their treatment provider. When a woman lapses during the treatment and recovery process; it is important that they get the support of the community and encouragement of those closest to them. After completing a drug treatment program, women also need services to assist them in sustaining their recovery and in rejoining the community.1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Drug Abuse and Treatment: NWHIC

Last revision: April 10, 2003

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