Drug Rehabilitation

1755 Words May 7th, 2013 8 Pages
When I was first selecting a topic for this paper, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about. I wanted to write about something that I could relate to or had some passion about. As I read over the topic suggestions in our syllabus, I saw drug rehabilitation and instantly knew that was I wanted to research. My oldest cousin developed a drug problem when he was in high school. It started with him smoking marijuana then evolved into heroin use when he was in his early 20s. Later, he was arrested and during his time in prison, he went through drug rehabilitation, then after serving his sentence he was released from prison. After several years of being clean, he relapsed and overdosed. Since his passing, I have wanted to learn more about drug …show more content…
Before discussing the specific types of rehabilitation, here are the basic features of a rehabilitation plan. Wallace says that at first, an addict would be kept under legal commitment for an indeterminate period where they are isolated. At the beginning of this isolation, the addict will go through complete withdrawal. Then, a comprehensive study of the addict would be made to determine his/her physical condition, mental state, and the reasons for developing an addiction as well as provide training for some work to provide a livelihood. Once an addict has made satisfactory degree of improvement had been made, they would be discharged to secure place where they could become self-sufficient and away from the negative environment that led to the addiction. However, they are parole system and if addiction recurs, they would be brought back to the rehabilitation center to determine if the process needed to be repeated again (1931). Now, even though this article is dated, the basic structure it discusses is still used today. In an article published in the Jakarta Post mentions five main rehabilitation programs, all which follow structure mentioned by Wallace. In the Jakarta Post, it’s said that the main types of rehabilitation are long-term residential treatment, short-term residential treatment, outpatient treatment programs, individualized drug counseling, and group counseling (2009). The first step of each these treatments is detox.
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