Addiction Alcoholism Drug Treatment:
Drugs and Alcohol What to do?
One of the most commonly questions asked of this site is “Where can I find treatment for my addiction or alcoholism?” The best answer to this question requires a little homework and the willingness to make a few phone calls and ask questions.
Commonly it is a family member, concerned for a loved one, such as a brother or sister concerned that someone has made some bad choices and they don’t know what to do. Wives ask about how to help their husband who drinks.
Sadly, treatment is optional. People have to want to get better and they need to buy into the process, which is exactly why the 12 Steps either work marvelously, or fail miserably. There is no magic pill that cures a substance use disorder.
People may agree to treatment, but when they determine that they don’t like what’s going on, they leave. Amy Winehouse’s song “Rehab” speaks of her experience with people wanting her to go to rehab, but she said “No, no, no.” It is difficult for families to watch as those they love slip deeper and deeper into the disease.
How strong and healthy are they?
In researching the best place to go for treatment, several factors need to be considered. First of all, what is the overall physical condition of the person seeking help? Depending on the length and frequency of use, a person may be suffering from the ill effects of the drug, such as cardiac complications, high blood pressure, etc.
Alcohol does not limit itself to altering brain chemistry, but gets into every pour and internal organ, and can potentially cause multiple complications.
Full Assessment Needed
Secondly, has there been an assessment made on the individual to determine the nature and stage of the disease? This can be done by a physician during the physical examination. A history is needed to determine what has been going on in the person’s life and how to proceed. The medical evaluation is a necessary step in determining a treatment direction.
Alcoholism and drug treatment centers offer a variety of programs, each designed individually to meet the needs of the patient. Some programs are in-patient, meaning the individual will live on campus for 30, 90, 120 days. They offer a variety of approaches to the problem, including medical intervention when necessary, cognitive behavioral therapies and extensive lifestyle rebuilding activities to help the addict move into recovery and break free of the drug or alcohol culture.
Out-patient Treatment Does Work For Some
There are also many out-patient programs. People are worried about losing their jobs, or keeping up with obligations, so often an out-patient program can be helpful. They will come in for treatment, but still go to work and carry on with their activities. Out-patient facilities can also offer detoxification services.
The best source of information is often word of mouth. Therefore, a call to Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or Al-Anon will likely render an open, honest and accurate assessment.
Treatment centers have informational web sites and one can always surf the net to find a suitable location. Regardless of in-patient, out-patient or any other kind of treatment, addict/alcoholics need support, and so family members must also consider going through their own form of treatment.
People on the outside looking in often do not understand or know what to do, but it’s important for them to be educated and up-to-date.
Books like “Why Don’t They Just Quit?” by Joe Herzanek, or “Getting Them Sober” by Toby Rice-Drew are solid sources of information for family members.
There are options out there. As long as a person is honest, open and willing, there is hope. Any treatment will fail if the person shuts off the process.
Summary of Addiction Alcoholism Drug Treatment:
Addiction Alcoholism Drug Treatment can only be effective once the addict has detoxed and cleared all of the chemical out of their system. This can take up to a month of no use to completely clear it out.
Addiction Alcoholism Drug Treatment can be work and should always include 12 Step meetings. The 12 Steps help many people learn how to not use and to lead happy, joyous, free and sober lives.
Addiction Alcoholism Drug Treatment must understand that addiction is a brain disease and any treatment must focus on helping the brain chemistry to get back to normal.
Addiction Alcoholism Drug Treatment is not a one-size-fits-all process. Each person is unique and treatment MUST be tailored to their needs.
Also, Addiction Alcoholism Drug Treatment can be difficult and many fail the first couple of times and relapse back into drug use. But the old adage also applies, if at fir you don't succeed try, try again.
Addiction Alcoholism Drug Treatment should involve the entire family if possible. The more the family understands and supports the addict in treatment the higher the likelihood of success.
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