Relapse prevention. Patients may take medications to restore normal brain function, and also reduce cravings. The medications are used to treat of opioid (heroin, prescription pain relievers) and tobacco (nicotine), and alcohol dependence. Scientists are developing other medications to treat stimulant (cocaine methamphetamine, cocaine) and marijuana (marijuana) dependency. People who use more than one drug which is quite common, need treatment for all of the substances they use.
As per the National Institute on Drug Abuse People begin to take drugs for various reasons, such as:
Treatment is sometimes intensive at first, where patients attend multiple outpatient sessions each week. Following completion of intensive treatment patients transition to regular outpatient care, which meets less often and for less hours each week, to aid in their recovery. In September 2017 the FDA approved the marketing of the first mobile app, reSET(r), to help treat substance use disorders. The app is designed to be used with outpatient treatments to treat marijuana, cocaine, alcohol and stimulant addictions. In December 2018, the FDA cleared the mobile medical application reSET(r) that can help treat opioid use disorders. It is a prescribed cognitive therapy that is best used in conjunction with treatment that includes buprenorphine as well as contingency management. Find out more information about reSET(r) within the following FDA News Release.
Individuals who are addicted to substances and addictions to behavior may recognize their addiction but may not be able to quit, no matter how much they want and try to. The addiction may result in physical and mental health issues as well as problems with interpersonal relationships such as relationships with friends and family members as well as at the workplace. Drug and alcohol abuse is one of the leading causes of preventable illness and premature deaths in the United States.