If someone you love is battling with addiction, you’re probably dealing with an emotional whirlwind yourself. Anger, frustration, fear, guilt, shame, and confusion are likely all things you are experiencing. You just want to help them but you’ve yet to figure out how. If you suspect that someone you love has a substance-abuse problem, it’s important that you handle the situation carefully. You should be aware that their reaction to confrontation may not be pleasant, but your priority should remain finding help for them. But before you can discuss treatment options with them, the first step is to bring up the substance abuse in a way that is careful and loving as opposed to judgmental or confrontational.
Is there a problem?
People who use drugs often show signs of drug abuse in every aspect of their lives. Problems at school or work, family tension, financial stress, and health problems are typically present. If you live with the addict, you may notice missing valuables or money, since their sickness can lead them to steal in order to support their habit. You may also notice changes in their physical appearance, including changes in weight, skin, hair, and teeth.
For a lot of people, hiring an intervention specialist can make things easier. An intervention specialist is there to help you set up an intervention for your loved one, and coaches family and friends on what to say during the intervention process. It’s important that you emphasize how much you love the person and emphasize that you will give your support during recovery. At the end of the intervention, the drug user is asked to enroll into a treatment program right away. When trying to find drug addiction help, it’s important to research all options in order to determine the best treatment modality for your loved one.
Outpatient vs. Inpatient
Outpatient treatment programs provide more freedom, but do not remove the addict or alcoholic from their environment, so may not be sufficient for more serious cases. Inpatient treatment programs, such as at Serenity Acres, require the patient to remain at the facility during their treatment. Inpatient treatment at Serenity Acres involves detoxification if required, followed by a treatment regimen of individual and group therapy, recreational therapies, holistic treatments, and twelve-step meeting attendance, as well as thorough aftercare planning.
No matter what route you choose to take when it comes to addressing your loved one’s addiction, the most important thing is to do something. You can’t simply ignore a problem exists and hope it goes away on it’s own – it won’t. You have to be willing to endure the whole process along side of that friend or family member. You have to let them know that they aren’t alone. If you need additional information on the signs of drug addiction or how to go about getting someone the help they deserve, please contact one of our trained counselors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.