Thursday, November 19, 2009

What drug treatments work best?

This is something of a modern day conundrum for we've found out a lot about which is the best drug treatment. Unfortunately, what we've found out is that the best such treatment is the one that works best for the individual patient: there is no hard and fast rule that works across the board for everyone. Even the idea that the addict must stop taking any and all forms of drugs isn't quite true for everyone.

For example, in treating heroin addiction we quite often use methadone to replace it: in a way that we simply do not try and replace addictions in alcohol or other drug addicts. We've also found a number of different treatments which work for some (some large and some small) sub-section of those desiring treatment. These might include medically supervised interventions: or others might respond better to therapuetic ones. Further, it's not so much the type of addiction that leads to the best response being from one or another system of drug treatment. There's a very large amount of try this method, if that doesn't work, try another and so on.

It's also true that we have to recognise that sometimes it's not just the addiction itself that is the problem: there can be underlying matters which lead to the propensity to become addicted. We thus might want to use a dual diagnosis drug treatment plan in such cases: we need to solve both problems, not just the superficial addiction.

What this means is that we've found out the basics of how to help: we need to have an intetgrated offering of treatments where patients can, in partnership with those treating them, work out what is the best way forward. Which is what has led to the rise of places like the Pat Moore Foundation, one of the very few in the country that is able to offer all of the disciplines and treatments.

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