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What is Treatment? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Allen Lawrence, M.D.   
● Treatment is the act of management of someone or something.
● A form of therapy, making corrections, cure, curative, remedy or making restoration.
● Medical care for an injury or illness.
● The use of substance or process to preserve or give particular properties to something.
● Treatment is the device of treating injury or disease.

Treatment is considered the act of taking care of someone, by providing and/or prescribing medication, physical therapy, mental, emotional or spiritual therapy. It often implies management of the medical condition that is following the train of signs and symptoms, physical examination, laboratory and other diagnostic testing to evaluate improvement or failure, managing dosage of medication, and/or prescription of other treatments programs that are deemed necessary by the manager and the person being managed to “treat” the condition.

There are a host of different types of treatments including surgery, physical manipulation, medications, chemotherapy, psychotherapy, etc. The exact treatment program is generally based on the condition, what has and has not worked in the past, scientific or spiritual belief, personal and societal beliefs, and the reaction to these on the part of the client/patient. Generally the best treatment programs depend on how the treatment affects the client/patient, its side effects, risks and hazards. Which form of treatment is safest and which provides the most therapeutic benefit.

Active Versus Passive Process

Treatment is generally thought of as an active process, doing something. It can however be active in the form of not doing something that will cause more problems, worsen the condition or in the construct of prevention, create illness. It can be passive in the sense that the person undergoing the treatment may not have to do anything but allow it (which in itself a form of action).

How one visualizes or accepts the treatment is of vital importance. If the individual sees the treatment as undesired, dangerous, painful, destructive that treatment may be less likely to be affective. The individual may not want to participate thus creating a greater chance of failure. If one sees the treatment as positive, a healing rite or ritual, a link, or opportunity to heal, to get better, to feel less pain, or to reverse or even cure the illness, it will likely be considerably more successful.

The greater the enrollment, the individual’s positive beliefs, hopes, and affirmations the greater the individual’s chances of being healed.