Drug Addiction : Drugs And Drugs

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In today’s society, it is now normal to know somebody who has a drug addiction especially to opiates. A drug addiction is a mental disorder that the person can no longer control their actions. The person addicted to the drug will no longer care about the outcome of their actions as long as they can get that high they are seeking. **from textbook pg. 303** “Opioids are classified as narcotics- strongly addictive drugs that have pain relieving and sleep-inducing properties. Opioids include both naturally occurring opiates (morphine, heroin, codeine) derived from the poppy plant and synthetic drugs (Demerol, Vicodin) that have opiate-like effects.” A person who is addicted to a drug, especially opiates, may try to cut back or even stop…show more content…
Of course it has negative things associated with it itself. Methadone is also addicting, so the person who is using it can easily abuse it. If methadone is used as prescribed, it does not create that high feeling and there is not a possibility of the person becoming addicted to it. The person using methadone would have to take higher dosages purposely than suggested, they would get a high feeling, and just like their original drug addiction to opiates, they could then become addicted to methadone.
The most common treatment plan would be an inpatient residential treatment plan. **from website** “Licensed residential treatment facilities offer 24-hour structured and intensive care, including safe housing and medical attention. Residential treatment facilities may use a variety of therapeutic approaches, and they are generally aimed at helping the patient live a drug-free, crime-free lifestyle after treatment.” Normally if you go into the treatment facilities it is either short term that is on an average 90 days or more long term stays from 6 months to a year. This type of treatment plan is the best in my opinion and the most successful. The drug addict would have 24-hour observation, drug screening, counseling including group and private. Also in these facilities, the drug addict would have medical personal their 24/7 also in case of health care emergencies.
The specific goals a person should reach with this type of treatment plan are stopping the use of drugs,

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