Alaska


In Alaska, drug rehab and treatment centers exist for almost any need. Many cities throughout Alaska have detox programs, such as alcohol detox, oxycontin detox or heroin detox. All of these are serious illnesses to be treated accordingly. A recent appearance in drugs through several different avenues has caused an addiction problem in the state of Alaska. In this state, there are a hundred and twenty-nine different drug detox programs available, so addicts have plenty of alternatives for treatment. The treatment centers also will offer aftercare resources and counseling support programs. Because drug addiction is a complex aspect of human psychology, there are many different types of treatment, so it is important to research any program beforehand to see if it fits the addict’s needs, schedule and finances.

Alternative medication is one method used in some detox programs to help wean the addict off their drug of choice. If a non-medicine-focused alternative is desired, there is also patient detox, residential or inpatient and outpatient counseling for addicts whose schedule doesn’t allow an extended absence. As with any mental disorder, recovery is often at its most stressful and difficult in the early stages. In the case of drug addiction, this is thought commonly to be detox, when it isn’t. Withdrawal is simply the absence of the drug, the mind’s placebo effect that says it needs it. Detox is actually removing the substance entirely, and detox centers in Alaska have all begun offering this type of program. The psychological aspect of treatment deals with teaching the recovering addict how to healthily cope with the stressors which once caused a compulsion to use drugs: avoiding past activities associated with the habit, speaking and dealing with friends or acquaintances that many still be addicted, and other triggers.

Because Alaska is situated incontiguously with the rest of the United States, it acts as a transshipment state across the Bering Strait to Siberia and Russia as well as acting 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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