Although considerable advances have been made throughout behavioral and pharmacologic treatments for addiction going beyond addiction treatment to the next level can take new approaches to addiction treatment especially those based on new findings about the neurobiological bases of addiction. One of the most compelling areas of treatment that has been under study is that of drug addiction treatment. This form of treatment has emerged as a primary choice for a variety of treatment programs.
The majority of substance abuse treatment programs are centered around one or more common and popular substance abuse medications. This includes substances such as opiates benzodiazepines sedatives and stimulants like marijuana cocaine methamphetamine methadone and heroin. It also includes alcohol treatment programs that combine medication with counseling and other forms of therapy. One of the most effective forms of addiction treatment involves combining medications with a comprehensive behavior modification program that uses behavior-based problem solving techniques to help individuals develop a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.
Many people who suffer from addiction may be unaware that they are suffering from a drug problem or alcoholism treatment since many alcohol treatment programs center on using medications to provide treatment. Unfortunately there is very little evidence that using medications alone for addiction treatment actually cures people of their addiction or alcoholism. These medications also carry with them a number of risks. They have a high potential for abuse and addiction and have serious side effects. Many patients have reported liver or heart problems depression and increased risk for suicide or other emotional problems. Many of these side effects have even been found in some people who were taking medications before their addiction to alcohol or drugs.