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It may seem a little obvious to say the medical industry can help with drug addiction, but do you know the extent of it? Millions of people around the world are addicted to drugs, whether they meant it to happen or not. Some people become addicted to painkillers without misusing them in the first place, and others try illegal substances for the experience and end up being hooked onto a drug that could quite literally kill them. At the end of it, no matter how that person got into that position, they are addicted to drugs and while it is perfectly possible to go cold turkey, more often than not the medical industry has to step in and help recuperate these people, and here’s how.

Weaning off substances

One of the most common forms of treatment for drug addiction is weaning the patient off the substance gradually. Cold turkey can cause headaches, migraines, stomach problems, anxiety, depression, and many more ailments that some patients cannot deal with. When this happens, Doctors choose to wean patients off the drug by prescribing them a substitute that won’t harm the body like the drug will and gradually reducing the dose. These substitutes give off the same kind of high the patient is addicted to and as their doses reduce, they can gradually wean themself off the drug altogether. Of course, this treatment only fully works when the patient themselves wants help with their addiction, and must be trusted not to seek out the drug in the meantime.

Clinical urine toxicology testing

Finding out which substances patients have taken is essential to help Doctors find the right course of treatment. Brad Schaeffer with MedComp has developed a clinical urine toxicology testing system that allows Doctors to see exactly what their patients have ingested, not only to help diagnose the best course of treatment, but also to see if there are any other prescribed drugs the patient shouldn’t be taking. This has brought the medical treatment forward leaps and bounds in effectively treating patients seeking help with drug addiction.

Therapy

Sometimes people use drugs as a way of escaping problems they’re facing in their lives. If a doctor identifies this, they may choose to send their patients to therapy to work through their problems. Talking through issues with someone impartial to their situation is often comforting, and gaining advice from a medical professional can help turn the lives around of many drug addicts. Once they have worked through their problems, they are less likely to turn to the drug to relieve their problems in life.

Detoxification 

Finally, when a patient is harming themselves and refusing to give up the drug they’re addicted to, more often than not an intervention comes into place. This is where family members and loved ones of the patient check them into a detoxification centre so they can be monitored 24/7 and free themselves from their addiction. 

As you can see, there are many effective ways the medical industry can help with drug addiction!

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