Alaska Alcohol Abuse Centers and Programs


Drug detox programs are a multi faceted approach toward cures for drug addiction and dependence. Most addicts have the mindset that they can quite on their own, but this proves often to be impossible. This is why self-detox has a very low rate of success, and lacks teachings in the proper tools that the addict needs in overcoming adversity. A professional intervention and support program for those recovering from addiction is what ensures the most success in drug rehab. Alaska contains treatment centers for alcohol, opiate, heroin and oxycontin addiction, and the ultimate goal of these programs is to promote and allow the addict to remain abstinent from their drug of choice.

The first step in detox programs is to help the addict cope with withdrawal. Withdrawal occurs when an addictive substance is no longer supplied. The addict will show mental, emotional and behavioral changes that reflect the alterations in the brain’s chemistry. Detoxification can at first be frightening for the recovering addict, but quality treatment centers in Alaska offer counseling services during this crucial time, both in relieving the feelings of fear and by getting to the underlying problems that caused the addiction in the first place. Addressing the underlying problems help to decrease the addict’s likelihood and need to go back to a drug-using lifestyle. In Alaska, there are four types of treatments: low intensity outpatient, high intensity outpatient, inpatient and medical. The latter requires a physician to supervise, and sometimes to administer an alternate drug that will replace the more harmful one.
Because Alaska is situated incontiguously with the rest of the United States, it acts as a transshipment state to Siberia as well as a consumer state. This allows more drug usage to occur, and crime rises with it. There are many resources available online to drug addicts residing in Alaska, such as directories of treatment centers and free consultations to help choose a drug rehabilitation program. Should finances be an issue, Alaska drug rehab centers offer financial assistance, along with childcare, housing assistance or employment counseling after discharge.

Addiction to drugs, like other mental disorders is treatable and manageable, even beatable. For any type of treatment to do its work sucessfully, the addict must have a full, unshaken belief and dedication to self-improvement. Dedicated patients are taught the proper etiquette for dealing with addicted friends, employers and how to deal with life’s problems after ceasing drug use. Even harmless situations, such as experiencing a particular smell or taste, can have a negative effect, and treatment helps to combat this tendency. Also, cognitive-behavioral therapy is used to detect triggers, learning how to hold them off and how to otherwise occupy the mind. The detox program that each patient starts with allows the toxins and drugs to be gently flushed out of the system.
There is no one right program that will work for every addict – no single program, no one right method. Family members must therefore have patience; recovery is difficult as is. Matching the treatment and the individual and their needs is the first and most necessary step toward recovery.

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