Is Drug Rehabilitation At All Needed?

By: John Porter

"Sufficient treatment and rehabilitation instead of custody is necessary in order to find a way out of the cruel cycle of drug addiction." This was a statement made by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. The significance of this proposal cannot be denied. It is indeed a social concern that the rate at which the drug abuse is rising needs a proper control measure and law just cannot help to do anything without general mass awareness and proper rehabilitation measures for those affected.

Wider aspect of rehabilitation

Do you feel that if the drug addict is simply legally punished he/she will get well? The broader aspect of rehabilitation is to cure the persons drenched into addiction of illicit drugs. The Medical Association has considered drug addiction and alcoholism as disease. So disease cannot be treated through law and justice. There can be a judicial side of the entire thing but that's not the only way. Rehabilitation is must for the overall reformation of the society.

Steps taken by rehabilitation center

The rehab programs are designed and organized in such a manner so that not only the patient but also the others in the surroundings are benefited. The condition of the drug addict is first of all checked and likewise the treatment is made to proceed.

At times the withdrawal symptoms are seen to affect badly on the patient. Thus a gradual order of treatment process is maintained. In many cases simple counseling with detoxification may prove to be helpful. But there are several acute cases where a time-long treatment is needed. Here the real focus of rehabilitation comes into the limelight. The drug addicts who have been into the practice of drug consumption for many years need an environment of home even if they are under treatment. So they are given an inpatient treatment by the rehab center.

In a slow order they are brought back to their usual lifestyle and resettled in the social affairs.

Indirect help

Does the rehab center only help the drug addict patients? No. The rehabilitation purpose has a broader outlook. Have you ever thought that without such bodies what would have been the treatment method for such patients and what would have been your role? The rehabilitation center acts as a protective shell for the whole society and in a wider perspective it tries to eradicate this social menace and make the society a healthier dwelling place to live in.

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