It has been estimated that around 11.2 million people aged 16-59 in England and Wales have taken an illicit drug in their lifetime. 2.7 million of these consumed (on average) an illicit drug each year. It is no hidden fact that drug use and abuse is a truly debilitating problem and many of the victims of addiction have no special faults or shortcomings. Sometimes all they need is the right amount of guidance where it is needed.
Does guidance make a difference?
In our everyday life, we come across many different people all with their own unique stories. A fair number of them are dealing with some form of substance abuse or the other, even if they do not know it yet. Many times, all a person needs when they get to the edge is that one finger that is willing to nudge them back onto solid ground. That finger can be anyone’s, and truth be told, that finger can be yours.
There are several reasons why a person can resort to the abuse of certain substances. These reasons can cut across different aspects of their lives, but none of those reasons are without the reach of a listening ear or a willing shoulder.
Addiction treatment and what it’s all about.
Addiction treatment refers to the entire process which an addict must undergo to fight an addiction. The process can be comprehensive and last for years. Throughout that time, there will be a variety of people there to assist in making recovery as comfortable as possible. Some of these are general practitioners, whilst others are specialized in the field of addiction. These specialists include:
- Detox Specialist
- Social worker
- Case manager
- Recovery coach
- Psychiatric nurse
- Co-occurring disorders counselor
These are only a few examples and this list is in no way exhaustive. These specialists can be found in many places – from clinics to Halfway Houses and psychiatrist practices to centers dedicated to treating co-occurring disorders. Here are some of the places where those who assist with addiction tend to work:
- Hospital behavioral health units
- Emergency rooms and trauma units
- Community mental health centers
- Crisis hotline centers
- HIC/AIDS clinics
- Staffing agencies
- Criminal justice organizations and agencies
- Juvenile detention centers
- Educational institutions
- Methadone clinics
- Halfway houses
- Detoxification centers
Treating addiction can be a fulfilling role but it is good to know that there are other ways to help those who are suffering. Social workers and addiction counsellors play a significant role in the patient’s recovery and can too be a rewarding.
Supporting the recovery of drug users requires a multi-disciplinary approach, and a social network that facilitates the health mental and physical processes required to quit. Everyone in the process is a value part of the recovery journey.