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Drug Treatment

Overcoming a drug addiction requires will power, possibly requires medical support (see Detox), individual and group addiction-specific therapeutic support, extensive practice with coping skills and relapse prevention. Self-help support groups, often using the 12 Step model or other group support, help decrease the sense of shame and isolation that can trigger a relapse. The need and acceptance (not to mention the economic expansion) of sobriety residential programs underlines the value for structure, experience and community for the most-difficult early cravings. Because almost ⅔ of clients diagnosed with substance dependence disorder have a co-occurring mental disorder, programs must include integrated treatment with different types of therapy woven into the treatment process. “We are also increasingly learning that these poorer outcomes result as much from these separate and contradictory systems of care as from the diagnoses themselves…”