Drug Addiction Treatment
What is it?
Many individuals and families, who encounter a problem of drug addiction, face the dilemma of a lifetime. They may be left with the question “What is going on?” or “What should I do about this?”. Although these questions are all too common and recurrent, those who ask them seldom have a clue as to what the answer is and where they should start in their search for a solution. Drug addiction entails a very broad and reaching spectrum of substances, causes, conditions, and risks. As such, drug addiction treatment includes a vast array of approaches, interventions and philosophies. Some drug addiction treatment providers aim to lower the amount of damage that drug abuse has on individuals and society at large. These methods are commonly referred to as “harm reduction” efforts, as they aim to reduce rates of disease prevalence, crime rates, and other secondary consequences that accompany drug addiction. While the intentions of such an approach place the health and recovery of drug addiction in high priority, many disagree with these methods and argue that they only perpetuate and normalize drug addiction. Many of these individuals adhere to a philosophy that believes complete abstinence from drugs to be the ultimate goal of addiction treatment. While harm reduction and abstinence based approaches are similar in some ways, they vary substantially in other ways. Harm reduction relies heavily on medication-assisted treatment as a long-term remedy and often loses sight of the psychotherapeutic interventions that are vital in addressing core issues. While abstinence based treatment often begins with a medical detox, in which medications are used to stabilize an individual and assist with alleviating physical withdrawal conditions. Abstinence based treatment differs from harm reduction in that these stabilization drugs serve as a means to an end, which is freedom from chemical dependency and addiction. Harm-reduction often employs indefinite regiments of opioid replacement, which fails to allow the brain and body to heal most effectively. Oregon Trail Recovery aims to maintain a high standard of abstinence based drug addiction treatment, which uses individual and group psychotherapy, structured sober housing, and 12-step recovery programs to allow clients to build a drug-free lifestyle. Drug addiction effects every facet of an individual’s lifestyle. Our comprehensive approach to drug addiction treatment allows enough time and support for clients to work on all areas of their life, so that true healing and recovery is possible and lasting.