It is very important for a person who is addicted to drugs to acknowledge the problem and seek the appropriate help on his/her own. This does not always happen as in many cases, a person does not want to accept the fact that he/she has an addiction to drug or alcohol. This is when it becomes time for loved ones to take a step toward helping the addicted person. If you are very close to the person who faces addiction, it is important to understand that you cannot help the addicted person give up drinking or abusing drugs. However, you can intervene by other means. When the addicted individual realizes that loved ones are no longer ignoring the drug or alcohol problem, this person is more likely to seek specialized help.
If you have problems with alcohol or drugs, or know someone who has such problems, the first step in the process of recovery is to find a specialized center where the addicted person can seek support and treatment for the addiction. If you are close with someone who abuses drugs or alcohol, you must understand that this addiction will not ‘go away’ or be solved on its own; professional help is needed to get over an addiction. The addiction is not a simple bad habit that will go away; the issue is far more serious than that. Addiction is a severe and even life-threatening disease that can only be cured through intensive professional treatment.
When you wish to help someone you care for – family or friend – who is addicted, the first step is intervention. In an intervention, the people who are closest to the addicted individual plead with the addicted person in an effort to convince this person to seek specialized help. Those speaking should talk about how the addiction has affected their lives, but also show concern and offer support rather than use a judgment tone. The addicted person does not need to feel the judgment of others but rather their support and care. Prior to an intervention, a spot should be reserved at a chosen treatment center so the addicted person will be able to enter a treatment program directly after agreeing to seek help. Any delay in beginning this treatment can result in the addicted person changing his or her mind about accepting professional help.
When you are looking for a treatment center, carefully consider all of the available options as it is very important that the chosen treatment center suits the exact needs of the addicted person. If the addicted person has been abusing drugs for a long time or relapsed after a prior treatment for drug addiction, it is highly recommended that this person is enrolled as an in-patient. This type of program requires the addicted person live within the facility for the duration of the treatment.
The out-patient treatment provides many of the same benefits as the in-patient program but the patient remains at the facility during the day and returns home for the night. This program is best suited for individuals who have been abusing drugs for a much shorter length of time and for those who have families and jobs they cannot step away from. Most professional rehabilitation centers provide specialized treatments which include medication, therapy and counseling. During the stay in a treatment center, professionals will visit with the addicted individuals and decide whether there are any underlying social or mental disorders which might be causing an inability to cope with the ‘real world’. For those who wish to follow a natural treatment approach, there are rehabilitation centers that provide holistic treatment programs and explore such life coping skills as meditation.
Regardless of the chosen program, it is important that the treatment includes an aftercare plan, one that will provide continuous support for the person recovering from an addiction.