Diet Pills: Treatment and rehabilitation
Last modified: Sunday, 31. May 2009 - 1:25 pm
When a person abuses diet pills, the type of treatment needed will be based on several factors. The person may need to be treated for psychological and physical dependency. If the person has an eating disorder, that condition needs to be treated. If the person is overweight, he or she may need help learning to lose weight without pills.
Treatment of drug dependency may start with detoxification, during which the person withdraws the physical effects of diet pills. In severe cases, a person may be hospitalized. Otherwise, the person will work with a doctor or other health care provider to end the physical craving for a drug.
Counseling is recommended after detoxification to help the person fight the psychological craving for drugs. A person may meet individually with a counselor or participate in group sessions.
Psychological counseling is an important component of the treatment of eating disorders. The National Eating Disorders Association recommends treatment that is adapted to the individual. In that way, the person can address the causes and symptoms of the eating disorder.
Medical treatment focuses on helping the patient return to a healthy weight. In severe cases, a patient may be hospitalized.
Support groups and success
The success rate of treatment depends on factors such as the type of drug used, and the severity of the addiction or eating disorder. Since recovery is an ongoing process, support groups can help a person with post-treatment goals.
People recovering from diet pill addiction may find additional support in 12-step programs, similar to the Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous programs. There are also support groups and programs for people with eating disorders, people who are compulsive eaters, and those trying to lose weight.