Substance Abuse Treatment Plan

Treatment Planning, Overview of treatment planning in mental health and substance abuse treatment settings.

The Common Causes of Substance Abuse

Many abusers find themselves inadvertently becoming addicted to narcotics; especially the harder ones like cocaine and heroin. The chemical composition of these types of drugs can be prone to overwhelming the central immune system and where antibodies will typically attempt to expel the harmful toxins, as these numbers dwindle the chemicals will find it easier to replace them entirely.

Over time this can lead to a high level of drug dependency; one that makes the body start to think that without the drug, it will be exposed to an increased risk of getting ill. The more drugs are ingested, injected, or inhaled, the greater the volume of toxins will be – and before long, a complete addiction may have developed. This is why people’s bodies react when being weaned off of the substances.


The tolerance of the human body has amazed scientists and researchers for years and this is why many people can consume huge volumes of alcohol, seemingly without being affected. As the body learns to cope without the substances it can be prone to reacting adversely, and this is when specialists will focus on helping the patient to cope by utilising water as a healthier substitute.

Finally, the loss of self control will be addressed and this is typically done in the form of advanced psychotherapy sessions (and group meetings). During this stage a victim will be able to talk about their addiction with others in their position; or if they’d prefer, on a one on one basis with a trained professional whose aim will be to help their patient to come to terms with their addiction and put in steps to overcome it.

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Overview of treatment planning in mental health and substance abuse treatment settings