Since addiction affects brain function and behavior, it is a complex but treatable disease. The brain’s function and structure is altered due to drug use resulting in changes that continue long after the use of drugs has stopped. Many experts believe that this is why relapse occurs even after long periods of abstinence from drug use. There is no “one size fits all” approach to substance treatment. Success of detox often depends on matching interventions, treatment settings, and services to the problems and needs of an individual in order to assist them in returning to their family, workplace, and society as a functioning member.
Since substance abuse causes the individual to be uncertain about entering treatment, the moment an individual is ready to enter treatment it is critical that services are readily available. The quicker treatment is offered in the treatment process, the greater chance a positive outcome will occur.