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Role of Family Physician in De-Addiction

Contribute by Dr. Yogesh Patel
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Mar 02 2015
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The field of addiction treatment and de-addiction is undergoing immense change which has led to better, efficient methods of managing and treating addiction.

The field of addiction treatment and de-addiction is undergoing immense change which has led to better, efficient methods of managing and treating addiction. Practices based on traditional techniques and conventional clinical experience was unable to render sufficient results which made a way for the research and scrutiny of newer techniques and treatment approaches.  

It is known and accepted globally that addiction is physical as well as psychological. The physical aspect many a times outdoes the psychological aspect. The evidence of the deterioration in physical health along with the deterioration in the psychological health has supported the rise of the Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment. Evidence-Based Treatment is defined as a treatment that has been scientifically tested and subjected to clinical judgment and determined to be appropriate for the treatment of a given individual, population, or problem area. In this treatment approach, evidences supporting the thorough physical and psychological examination are scrutinized empirically and scientifically. An accurate and individualized treatment is then carried out for the patient with addiction.

Here, thorough physical examination is the first and the most important step of the Evident-Based Treatment Approach. Evidence that the physical health is affected or is being affected signifies the beginning of the need for a de-addiction treatment. This need signifies the role of a Physician or a Family Physician in the process of De-addiction. Regular physical examination and general body check-ups give the most efficient clues to signal a problem with the body or with the routine that the body follows. Sudden considerable changes in appetite, changes in sleep cycle, irregular weight loss or weight gain, frequent cold, and fatigue marks the reduction in immunity of the body making it vulnerable to minor diseases or even major organ problems.

Thus, this makes the role of a Physician or a Family Physician quite important in the De-addiction Treatment.

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