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Drug Addiction

is a psychological and physical inability to stop consuming drugs/substances, even though it is causing psychological and physical harm.

Drug De-addiction/Rehabilitation 

Is the process of medical or psychotherapeutic treatment for dependency on psychoactive substances such as alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, etc.

It includes:

1. Detoxification:

This is the first step in treatment. It involves clearing a substance from the body and limiting withdrawal reactions with the help of medications

2. Counselling and Behavioural therapies:

Therapy might occur on a one-to-one, group, or family basis depending on the needs of the individual.

Different types of therapy include:

– Motivational interviewing

– Cognitive-behavioral therapy

– Multi dimensional family therapy

3. Treatment of Co-morbid disorders:

Co-morbid disorders (eg: depression) are comprehensively analyzed and treated by expert faculty

4. Rehabilitation services:

Long-term treatment programs for substance-related and addictive disorders can be highly effective and typically focus on remaining drug-free and resuming function within social, professional, and family responsibilities.

5. Self-help groups:

These may help the recovering individual meet others with the same addictive disorder which often boosts motivation and reduces feelings of isolation.

Example: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)