Hundreds of families in the United States every year lose a beloved member to drug or alcohol addiction. Many times this is because they do not know what to do to help get the family member into rehab. We either don’t want to face the fact or don’t know where to start in the search for help for addiction. Don’t let this happen to your family.
If you suspect a family member is abusing drugs or alcohol, don’t look the other way. It may be hard to approach the subject, but in the long run you will be glad you did. This is something that cannot be put on the back burner. It must be taken care of right away; just ask for help. The right rehab center is out there. Research different types of treatment programs and find out which one is more preferable for your loved one’s type of addiction.
There are different types of rehab programs to fit each individual person’s needs. A lot depends on the length and severity of the addiction. Some individuals may do better in a residential rehabilitation center while others may not be able to take time from work or school to participate in residential treatment. These individuals would benefit from outpatient care while they carried on with their obligations at work/school and at home.
Residential rehabilitation centers are usually the best choice for persons who have long-term or severe addictions. Here, you will be taken completely away from your normal environment of drugs or alcohol. This structured environment helps the client go through their detoxification process and then be able to focus on counseling and therapy without trying to think of ways to obtain their substance of choice.
Most residential rehab centers have on-site detoxification. Once this process has been completed and all of the toxins are removed from the system, the client does not have the cravings as before. The
detoxification has taken away the physical withdrawal symptoms. Without the temptation of trying to obtain drugs or alcohol, the client can concentrate on getting better and learning how to live sober once again.
One-On-One Counseling and Group Therapy
One-On-One counseling helps the client get to the root of their problems and learn how the addiction came about. In one-on-one counseling, you can discuss anything with your counselor and know that it will go no further. Your counselor is there to support and encourage you. Their goal is the same as your goal, which is to see you recover from addiction and return to a happy, healthy lifestyle.
In group therapy, you will have counseling sessions with others who are struggling with addiction. You can share stories, and discuss fears you have, while offering support and encouragement to one another.
Many friendships and special bonds have been formed through group therapy sessions.
For anyone who has obligations and cannot be away from home for a lengthy period of time, outpatient rehab can be way to go. In outpatient rehab, the client will visit the center and have daily sessions, or see the counselor several times a week. The only drawback with this type of treatment is that the client will be at home and in their usual environment every day. You must have the willpower along with a strong support system at home to keep you away from the alcohol or drugs. You cannot visit your local
places where these substances are used, and you cannot continue to associate with friends who are using or abusing these substances. This will be hard at first, but it can be done with determination and a commitment to staying sober.
Whichever type of rehab you choose, you can succeed and become a respected member of the community.