Views on Addiction Treatment
As an addiction medicine physician my view is that addiction is a complex biopsychosocial disease that can respond well to treatment. A detailed assessment is the first important step to formulate a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Treatment recommendations for alcohol, opiates, prescription medications, and other substance dependencies, can include :
- medication assisted recovery including Suboxone and Methadone
- appropriate detox, intensive outpatient programs,
- residential treatment,
- mutual support group meetings,
- individual and group psychotherapy, including compassion focused therapy
There is a large body of scientific evidence which has identified addiction disorders as well as the treatment options that have been proven effective. Addiction treatment is a long term and multifaceted approach for ongoing successful recovery, which can lead to a peaceful life.