Drug Addiction Treatment: A Two-Edged Sword


Within recent years, about 35 to be exact, there has been a proliferation of rehab centers for the treatment of addictions. While some success has been attributed to these centers, the fact remains that the ones obtaining better quality results are those specializing in holistic addition treatment protocols such as the Dream Center For Recovery.

Typical Holistic Addiction Treatment Protocols

At all drug and alcohol rehab facilities as mentioned above, the protocol is basically a five-prong strategy that goes through the following five phases.

Step 1. The Detoxification Process

Submitting to a thorough search comes first as all personal belongings are searched to avoid any substances from entering the center. Typically, the first 72 hours are the roughest because it marks the first time a patient has experienced separation from his or her habit-forming substance.

Withdrawal symptoms are sometimes severe and the resulting pain is many times excruciating. However, this is the price paid for freedom from the addiction. Until all toxins are removed from the person’s body, the next phase can not continue.

Step 2. A Comprehensive Medical Evaluation

Intensive monitoring by a doctor is necessary to make sure there are no other physical conditions existing. Once a clear bill of health is obtained, the patient then becomes eligible for continuation of the protocol. Those who don’t pass the evaluation, are either treated by the doctor or sent to a hospital for treatment, according to the nature of the pre-existing condition.

Steps 3. A Counselor Interview

Generally, a patient gets appointed to either one or several counselors who have been former addicts and successfully were set free from their habit. It’s their job to help patients along the way and give them encouragement on the path to freedom and a more productive new life.

Steps 4. Group Therapy Sessions

Forming bonds with others who are dealing with similar circumstances and talking out the bondages that may have put a patient into the addictive straits are part of the rehab treatment.

Their histories and experiences as an addict will be aired among others who suffer the same things, and the forging of new friendships will result. As they speak to strangers about their difficulties, a valuable support is thereby put into place that will help the recovery process.

Step 5. A New Support System From Loved Ones Is Created

Not neglecting the support of families and friends is one of the most important parts of this recovery process. Visitation from those loved ones and regular, monitored phone calls to home at designated times, is key in the treatment process as well.

The Legalization Of Marijuana: A Double-Edge Sword

While holistic addiction centers have achieved a considerable amount of success with their treatment process, now their efforts may be reversed with new laws coming into effect on the legalizing of marijuana for supposedly medical purposes.

The use of recreational marijuana, which is legalized in 4 states, and medical use marijuana in 24 states, is opening up new proverbial cans filled with worms across the U.S.

Accidents involving those driving while under the influence of marijuana have increased exponentially, and there seems no reversal or way to stem the dilemma. Despite contrary reports, the truth is that people do suffer some sort of brain impairment, although perhaps mild in form, after smoking the weed for a prolonged period. Typically, disorientation, instability and unfocused behavior are among the most prevalent side effects in some cases–even after years of initial use.

In contrast, the argument for medical use of the weed is a valid one; however, recreational use marijuana is not. The only “pro” in this instance, is the supposed increase in tax revenue and the guarantee of one’s right to do with one’s body as one wishes.

Even this argument seems a flimsy one, even as is a mother’s right to kill her unborn child for convenience sake or the right to shoot someone because that person “offended” the killer.

All this having been said, addictions must be treated; however, medical use of marijuana aside, with the new legalization laws being enacted now, one hand seems to be undoing what drug and alcohol treatment centers have achieved for the common good over a course of several decades.

Basically, one group screams to get out of drug addiction, and the other group shouts to get in under the guise of individual civil rights. Which group wins? No one knows for sure. In the meantime, valiant addiction rehab centers continue the long struggle to give help to those that want it–and are willing to forego their recreational rights.