How Does Drug Addiction Treatment Help Reduce the Spread of HIV/AIDS?
Drug abuse resulting in addiction is the cause of many problems in the life of a person. The body metabolism breaks down completely and with the craving for the prohibited drug getting more and more intense, the person resorts to all sorts of activities. The habit, innocently starting with this snorting of cocaine powder usually ends up in injections required more and more frequently. Being prohibited article narcotics are procured illegally, and administration into the bloodstream is by self-injection. By the time the person gets hold of what he wants, he has completely lost himself, and his only objective is to get the liquid injected at the earliest. The person at normal times will know that using an injection needle without sterilizing it is dangerous. But when he is desperate, he does not bother about sterilizing the needle and just injects the solution into his body. The needle may be HIV/AIDS infected.
When an addict enters a rehab center for treatment, his exposure to HIV/AIDS virus is completely stopped. Under the influence of the drug, he might have engaged in unprotected sex also and that also is not possible while under treatment. The treatment in the rehab center protects the patient from getting himself exposure to possible HIV/AIDS infection. The rehab center also treats HIV/AIDS infection. Regular testing is done in the matter, and the patient gets regular counseling on HIV /AIDS. This is a must in all rehab center programs. The rehab center also recommends if any additional testing and treatment, etc. are required and suitably advises the patient and his family about the matter.
Thus, drug addiction treatment serves as a positive way of helping people in the matter of HIV/AIDS by suitable counseling and steps to be taken in the prevention of infection.