Any kind of physical or emotional dependency on any kind of substance is called addiction. A person is usually known as an addict when he becomes so accustomed to the use of a particular substance that he or she starts behaving abnormally without access to the substance.
In cases of severe drug addictions, the mind of an individual stops functioning properly, leading to lots of problems. A person, when addicted, is not capable of doing any other work properly, leading to physical, emotional and financial agonies.
Once a person gets addicted, it is not easy to break the addiction. But serious attempts to stop the use of drugs can make a person recover from the addictions. There are varieties of addiction recovery programs available to help addicts once again live a normal life. Methods of recovery vary according to the drugs involved and the needs of the individual.
One of the most popular de-addiction programs is the 12-step recovery program, whose members attempt recovery from various addictions and compulsions through the use of a plan referred to as the “twelve steps”. Another addiction recovery program, known as substance abuse rehabilitation, is a process of medical and/or psychotherapeutic treatment, for dependency on psychoactive substances. Substance-abuse rehabilitation centers usually offer in-house residential treatment programs for seriously addicted patients in order to isolate them from drugs and interactions with other users and dealers. The outpatient clinics usually offer a combination of individual counseling, group counseling, and prescriptions for drugs such as methadone. Various other addiction recovery treatments, such as acupuncture, are used to help alleviate symptoms as well.
Addiction recoveries are possible, but apart from the treatment, a lot of love and support by the friends and family is needed for the patient to come out of the addiction and start life afresh.