Addiction Recovery and Treatments Available

Addiction Recovery and Treatments Available

Drug addiction is a chronic disease which is primarily characterized by an uncontrollable or a compulsive urge to seek drugs despite the negative consequences it entails.

Drug addiction changes the chemistry of the brain and the effects last long. Moreover, this change in the chemistry triggers harmful behavior such as lying, cheating, and uncontrollable anger, etc.

Addiction has a significant effect on that part of the brain which is responsible for memory, behavioral control, learning, motivation, and reward.


1. Why addiction recovery is significant

Addiction has an adverse impact on not only the brain but also on the body, which is why addiction recovery is essential for a healthy life. Yes, addiction recovery is possible; however, it is a tough task.

This means that you can’t recover from addiction just by stopping the intake of drugs for a short period. In fact, long-term care is needed to recover from addiction.

2. How treatment takes place

Before moving on to the treatment options, it is vital to understand what the purpose of addiction recovery is. Firstly, it should help the person to stop the use of drugs. Next, it should assist the person to stay away from drugs not only on a short term but also for a long term. Finally, it should aid the person to become productive at work, in the society, and in the family as well.


Treatment takes place in five ways. The first is detoxification. In this step, the body eliminates the drug completely from its system. Then, the second step is behavioral counseling, which focuses on staying calm and not turning back to drugs. The third is medication. This applies mainly for the addiction to tobacco, opioid, and alcohol. Next is the evaluation as well as the treatment for mental issues caused by withdrawal including anxiety and depression. Finally, the last stay is a follow-up to ensure that relapse does not occur.

3. Treatment options available

To make sure that a person successfully recovers from addiction, a specially tailored program along with follow-up options is vital. Treatment for addiction has to include not only mental health services but also medical services as required. There are three primary treatments available, and these are mentioned below.

  • Medications

Medications are used for a number of things. Primarily, they are used to manage withdrawal symptoms in a better manner, to prevent relapse and to treat conditions that co-occur.


Withdrawal occurs during the detoxification stage, and the medications are used to suppress these. Since detoxification is the first step in recovery, people who stop treatment after the detoxification stage once again turn to medications. The truth is that medicines are used in more than 70% of all detoxifications, so that withdrawal symptoms become manageable.

The second primary purpose of medicines is to prevent relapse. People take help from medicines to decrease their cravings for drugs and to re-establish the standard functionality of the brain. Currently, medicines are only available for the treatment of addiction to tobacco, opioid, and alcohol; however, medications are being developed for the treatment of addiction to stimulants and cannabis.

  • Behavioral therapies

The purpose of behavioral therapies is to help the patients to become healthier and to reverse the behavioral change caused by addiction to various drugs. Behavioral therapies include outpatient behavioral treatment which is a collection of different programs for those people that visit a health counselor on a regular basis. Behavioral therapies most involve such programs where counseling either happens individually, in groups, or sometimes even both.


  • Residential treatment

Residential treatment, which is also known as inpatient treatment, is also quite effective, particularly for people that are severely addicted to drugs and experience co-occurring diseases. Residential treatment, as the name suggests, takes place in residential facilities where 24-hour intensive care is provided such as medical attention and safe housing. The basic purpose of this kind of addiction recovery treatment  is to ensure that people live a drug-free lifestyle once their treatment is over.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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