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The Rise of Drug Rehab in American Culture

May 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 190

As American culture latches on to all types of drugs, several methods of drug therapy have arisen in order to help people deal with their consequent addictions. With Americans becoming more and more dependent on various types of drugs, drug therapy has simultaneously expanded to offer different types of treatment for addicts. There are now both psychological and pharmacological types of drug rehab.

Many of you probably think of alcohol when the phrase "drug addiction" pops up. Alcohol addiction is indeed common and while there are no pharmaceutical drugs available to treat the disease, drug therapy in the form of psychological therapy indeed widespread and effective. Therapy groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and rehabilitation centers offer psychological forms of treatment that can be extremely beneficial.

Alcoholic Anonymous uses a method called the 12 step program, which supports addicts through their painful recovery step by step to make it seem more manageable. It also depends on the use of mentors, which provide help and encouragement to those in recovery. AA meetings can be very helpful because it gives the addicts a supportive atmosphere where they feel surrounded by people going through the same experience.

Family and friends are key to an addict's journey through drug rehab. The loving support and encouragement that people bring to the people undergoing treatment can be vital in the process of recovery. If you know somebody going through rehab, don't isolate them - help them!

If you were to Google "drug rehab," dozens of rehabilitation centers come up. That is because rehab centers are extremely common nowadays and there are different variations in order to fit any patients' needs. Some are plush, luxurious, and relaxing while some are more harsh and purposely restrictive. Depending on what you are looking for in a rehab center, chances are there is one that is a perfect fit for you.

As you are probably aware of, alcohol is not the only drug that can bring about addiction in its users. Prescription drugs are becoming a widespread problem and can actually be treated with medication. Although treatment with drugs is usually effective, doctors recommend pairing drug treatment with some sort of therapy for best results.

If you know somebody that is addicted to a drug and is not actively looking into rehab, sometimes it takes the prodding of a friend or family member to get them started. Popular TV shows such as "Intervention" demonstrate that addicts are sometimes reluctant to seek help or even in denial that they have a problem. So if somebody you know is struggling with an addiction, be the one to help them along the path to a health recovery.

Drug rehab is becoming more openly received and with the proliferation of drugs in mainstream culture, increasingly more people are engaging in rehab. Once an addict decides to start rehab, it is important that they research which kind (psychological, medical, or both) would the best fit for them.

Alice is an intern specializing in drug rehab with a passion for treating alcohol & drug addiction.

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