Substance Use Disorder: Treatment

The first step of treatment is to stop using the substance. In severe cases of physical addiction, detoxification is necessary to help with symptoms of withdrawal. Creating a supportive environment and eliminating triggers for substance abuse are essential. Treatment may occur on an outpatient or inpatient basis depending on the severity of the problem. A doctor might recommend individual counseling with a psychologist, psychiatrist, or addiction counselor. Family counseling is often necessary. A doctor may reccomend special rehabilitation and/or treatment programs; self-help groups for kids and families with substance problems are often quite useful. Children with co-existing psychiatric disorders should be given a treatment plan that addresses those conditions as well.