Apart from preventing addiction to drugs, the aim of treatment is returning individuals to a productive life in the workplace, family as well as in the local within the community. According to research that monitors those who are in treatment for long durations, the majority of those who enter and stay in treatment quit using drugs, reduce their criminal activities and enhance their work as well as social functioning. For instance, the treatment of methadone has been proven to increase the participation in behavioral therapy, and to reduce the use of drugs and criminal activity. However, the individual outcomes of treatment depend on the severity as well as the nature problem and the effectiveness of treatment and other services that are used to treat those issues and the level of interaction between the person receiving treatment and the treatment providers.
As with other chronic illnesses addiction is manageable effectively. Treatment can help people counteract addiction’s devastating affects on the mind and behavior and gain control over their lives. The long-term nature of the condition means that relapses to addiction is not just possible, but is also likely with recurrence rates for symptom recurrence comparable to those of other chronic medical conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, or asthma (see image, “Comparison of Relapse Rates between Drug Dependence and other chronic illnesses “)–that also include both behavioral and physiological components.
However, when relapses do occur, many people believe that treatment is as a failure. However, this is not the case. Treatment for addiction generally requires constant assessment and adjustment as needed as is the case with treatment that is used to treat other chronic diseases. For instance, when patients are receiving active treatment for hypertension and their symptoms diminish, treatment is considered effective, even though the symptoms could recur if treatment is stopped. In the case of addicts Relapses to addiction are not a sign of failure, rather they indicate that treatment should be adjusted or reinstated or that alternative treatment is required (see the figure “Why is Treatment for Addiction rated differently? “).