We believe that the cravings for narcotics are so intense and the length of time it takes the brain to heal is so long that most narcotic addicts will relapse back to drugs very quickly if they do not have Naltrexone therapy for additional support. We recommend Naltrexone therapy for twelve months. This prevents patients from relapsing back to narcotic use and gives patients a chance to start making changes in their life and building up a support system.
Twelve step groups
We cannot over emphasize the importance of 12-step groups. These programs provide support, philosophical material, and education to learn about and deal with all aspects of recovery. The groups take patients away from the usual using friends and usual using situations and put them into contact with people who are serious about their recovery.
It may be that in your local area Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a stronger group than Narcotics Anonymous (NA). It may also be necessary to experiment with different groups to find a good strong group. Most locations have many, many groups and with only a small amount of experimentation you can easily find 12-step groups that are very supportive.
Substance abuse therapy
Patients have a lot to learn about living and staying drug-free. While support groups are helpful, it is our experience that professional therapists can add significantly, by being a little bit more educational and confrontive. They can also help patients to understand relapse and understand deeper psychological issues that may start becoming apparent during early recovery.
Usually we recommend intensive outpatient programs. Depending on the circumstances individual therapy may be appropriate. If more intensive therapy is needed, then an inpatient stay can be helpful. We offer a well planned inpatient treatment for 21 days wherein our patients are detoxed by conventional method using methods ensuring that they experience minimal withdrawals or discomfort. And then they are given individual as well as group therapy sessions. Families are also given psychoeducative sessions where needed. .
All patients need to follow up with physicians who are experienced in both substance abuse and mental health. This physician may be a psychiatrist, family practitioner or internist, provided that he/she is familiar with substance abuse, mental health, narcotic addiction and Naltrexone therapy. We can help provide lists of physicians who may be available in your area.
This is particularly important since it is more and more apparent that after a patient gets drug-free a variety of mental health issues arise. It is very common that patients have periods of depression or anxiety. Sometimes there’s even bipolar illness, or other serious mental health problems that may require medications. As mentioned earlier if emotions are not kept on an even keel, then relapse is extremely common.