Treatment centers for the most serious addictions

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can call a toll-free hotline or a drug treatment center. Treatment Centers For the most serious addictions, drug users attend treatment cen- ters, facilities that provide medical supervision while a person goes through withdrawal and detoxification, or the removal of drugs from the user’s body. Many of these centers provide medications to help with the physical and psychological effects of withdrawal. Chapter 23 Medicines and Drugs 614 HS_HEALTH_U07_C23_L5 12/8/03 1:24 PM Page 614
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Applying Health Skills Refusal Skills. Analyze and develop strategies for preventing the use of drugs. Prepare an insert on drug-refusal strategies for your school newspaper. Explain the dangers of drug abuse, and include examples of appropriate and effective refusal skills to avoid unsafe situations. Reviewing Facts and Vocabulary 1. Identify some strategies that schools and communities have taken to decrease the availability of drugs. 2. List five signs of substance abuse. 3. How do support groups help substance abusers? Thinking Critically 4. Analyzing. Analyze the importance of healthy alternatives to drug and substance use. 5. Synthesizing. Develop a list of strategies for preventing use of addictive substances in your school. Write these in a formal list, and submit your ideas to the school principal or school board. W O R D P R O C E S S I N G Using a word-processing program can help give your work a personalized look. See health.glencoe.com for tips on word processing. Lesson 5 Living Drug Free 615 Types of drug treatment centers include these: Outpatient Drug-Free Treatment. These programs usually do not include medications and often consist of individual or group counseling. Short-Term Treatment. These centers can include residential, medication, and outpatient therapies. Maintenance Therapy. Intended for heroin addicts, this treatment usually includes medication therapy. Therapeutic Communities. These are residences for people with a long history of drug abuse. The centers include highly structured programs that usually last from 6 to 12 months. For people who have less serious addictions, or for those who are released from a treatment center, drug counseling is usually recom- mended. In either a private or a group setting, drug counselors help people adjust to life without drugs. In conjunction with counseling, many recovering drug users attend support groups. These meetings are gatherings of people who share a common problem and who work together to help one another cope and recover. Support groups are confidential and are usually free. Support groups are a popular strategy for treating addiction because they provide the long-term moral support that the recovering user needs to remain drug free. Drug counseling and treatment can help a drug user break the cycle of addiction. Identify health- related services in the community that relate to the prevention and treatment of addiction.
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