The goal of addiction treatment is to bring a stop to drug abuse and a person’s reliance on those drugs, but it is also to help people return to a productive and functional life. Drug addiction can have a long list of effects on the person who has become an addict.

It can cause a loss of interest in things that they once loved, it can lead to a deterioration of daily routines and ability to perform tasks such as going to work or even wanting to brush one’s teeth, it can lead to a breakdown of a person’s health condition depending on the drug or drugs involved. And ultimately, it can lead to an addict’s death or at least, permanent injury or debilitation.

Beyond the person directly involved, it can also affect the people around the addict. Friends may try to help, but eventually, they may detach themselves after finding themselves unable to succeed in helping. A family may try to help and stick around for much longer, but if the person’s family members are unable to provide proper care and support consistently, they may either keep trying but remain ineffective, or they too might detach themselves out of sadness and loss of confidence. It is when an addict’s outside support falls apart that things get even more severe.

But addiction can be managed, it can be reversed, and an addict can return to a healthy and productive life. Addiction is caused by disruptive changes in the brain that has led the person to become dependent on a drug for happiness. It is because of this disruptive change that even when an addict is actively trying to stop, relapsing is immensely likely.

This is even with the support of friends and family because of every moment that an addict is left to their own devices, there is always a chance that their thoughts may revert back to their addiction. Some addicts who start fighting their addiction early enough manage to get by on just this, but a lot of addicts who have abused substances for a long time, such as years, will often find themselves needing more to succeed in recovery.

But with a combination of treatment, support groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous, and the love and support of friends and family, things can change for the better. With routine support and various methods of treatment, including medicinal, an addict’s brain can be guided back to finding joy and fulfillment through other activities and accomplishments. Normalcy can be returned, and an addict can go on to live a regular life without a dependency on drugs.

Treatment for addiction involves regular treatment but also regular modification and assessment of how each phase of treatment is working. As many as 60% of patients end up relapsing, even while undergoing treatment, but it is important to note that good treatment plans involve modifying and adapting to their patients when a relapse occurs (a relapse doesn’t mean the addict or the plan has failed, it could mean that adjustments are needed and perhaps more intensive treatment and/or support is needed).