How Can You Help a Loved One With Addiction?
Witnessing the signs of addiction in a loved one can be devastating, especially when drugs or alcohol begin to take over work, school, and family obligations. It’s easy to ignore things for a while or look the other way, but as a spouse, child, or parent, promoting the benefits of treatment is critical.
When it comes to seeking help for substance abuse disorders, it’s only natural to have questions. At The Treatment Center, we’re here to offer as much assistance as possible – for both you and your loved ones. Please explore our frequently asked questions below or call today us at (866) 295-6003 to learn more.
Will Treatment Work?
The efficacy of treatment is always a consideration for friends and loved ones. After all, is it worth investing in therapy if it may not work?
The answer, of course, is yes, it is. While no one but an addicted individual can truly commit to getting clean, the lessons, coping strategies, and principles learned in rehabilitation can set the foundation for ongoing sobriety while breaking both the physical and psychological bonds of addiction.
As a lifelong condition that has no cure, drug and alcohol addiction has similar relapse rates to other chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease: 40% to 60%. While these may not sound positive initially, it’s important to realize that addiction requires continual care. Time spent working with doctors, nurses, and counselors is only the first step on a long road, but it’s the best possible way to get started. In fact, addiction treatment has better success rates than many other chronic illnesses, like asthma and hypertension.
Can I Help My Loved One at Home?
It may be compelling to attempt to treat your loved one at home, especially for spouses or parents who feel as though they have what it takes to provide a supportive, comfortable environment. However, this is rarely the case.
The process of overcoming addiction is long and complex. Withdrawal alone can be emotionally and physically overwhelming, causing a rift in your relationships. Furthermore, in the case of substances like alcohol or heroin that may lead to medical emergencies during detox, quitting without appropriate help can actually be incredibly dangerous.
Care is best delivered by a third party who can provide appropriate professional assistance without the risk of personal connections standing in the way. Doctors, nurses, and counselors are far less likely to enable use and are better equipped to make and enforce rules related to abstinence.
It can be hard to surrender your loved one to the care of someone else, but inpatient rehabilitation is the best path forward.
Why Is Inpatient Care Important?
Inpatient care is the single most important step your loved one can take when seeking an end to drug or alcohol addiction. Offering a safe, secure space in which to detox under medical guidance and retrain abusive thought patterns, treatment is among the only effective opportunities to deter further abuse and reduce overdose rates.
Statistically, 23.5 million teens and adults require treatment for addiction, but only 2.6 million ever seek help. Drug overdoses are now the number one cause of injury-related death in the U.S., the leading cause of death in adults under 50, and the 9th overall cause of death, putting substance abusers at grave risk. On average, 114 individuals die each day of overdose.
The risks of drug use cannot be overstated, but at The Treatment Center, we work to provide holistic, actionable assistance to minimize threats to life, health, and happiness.
How Do You Approach Care?
Different rehabilitation programs utilize varying approaches, and not all treatment options are made equal. When considering available facilities, it’s critical to take into account the programming offered as well as philosophies of care to determine the best possible fit.
At The Treatment Center, we believe in treating the whole patient, not just his addiction. That’s why we work with a combination of doctors, nurses, and addiction counselors to address mind, body, and spirit. Our programs are customizable in nature, ensuring all patients receive care designed to maximize positive outcomes.
Our treatment selection is vast, with available programs that include:
- One-on-One Counseling
- Group Therapy and Addiction Support Groups
- Faith-Based Recovery
- Dual Diagnosis Treatment
- 12-Step Program
- Family Therapy
- Holistic Therapies
In addition to the care we offer to our patients at The Treatment Center, we are able to go beyond traditional inpatient rehabilitation. We are also able to provide spiritual and Christian-oriented care through our Road to Freedom program and Outpatient Services to ease the transition back into everyday life.
Should I Choose Inpatient or Outpatient Rehab?
Inpatient rehabilitation often seems like a big commitment. Sending your loved one away to live in a restricted facility for weeks or even months can be heart-wrenching, especially when you want nothing more than to provide help yourself. As such, many family members feel as if outpatient rehab is a more convenient way to achieve the same level of care.
While outpatient assistance has many benefits, it is often best used following an inpatient program, not in lieu of one. If your loved one has not yet been to residential rehabilitation, this is the best way to proceed, providing a controlled environment in which to detox, learn treatment strategies, and work with counselors to heal from the inside out.
In many cases, attempting to balance getting help with work, school, or family obligations takes focus away from treatment, making it much less likely recovery will be successful. In order to replace old habits with new, healthy alternatives, it’s important that substance abusers give full attention to the issue at hand, just as they would in treatment for any other disease.
Outpatient assistance is highly beneficial for those who have completed an inpatient rehab program and would like to remain involved in the recovery community. Transitioning back into the real world while simultaneously making a significant lifestyle shift isn’t easy, and outpatient programs can offer the support necessary during this challenging time.
Is Treatment Just for Adults?
For some parents, admitting a substance abuse problem in their child can be a tough pill to swallow, and it’s easy to brush off consistent use as youthful partying or childish behavior. Failure to take action, however, can set your child up for a lifetime of addiction challenges. If your teen is showing signs of abuse or addiction, immediate help is imperative to avoid creating lasting problems before it’s too late.
In the U.S., teen addiction is a serious issue, setting the groundwork for problems that may last a lifetime. 15.2% of those who start drinking by age 14 eventually develop an addiction to alcohol, as compared to just 2.1% percent of those who postpone use until age 21 or older.
Substance abuse can play a strong role in academic performance and college acceptance as well. 62% of those with mostly Ds and Fs abuse alcohol, and 48% use marijuana. In addition, teen drug use can lower IQ in adulthood by up to 8 points, and over 30% of dropouts indicated drug or alcohol abuse as a key component in the decision to quit school.
How Should I Talk to My Loved One?
It’s easy to make excuses for loved ones showing signs of addiction – “he’s just tired,” “she’s blowing off steam,” or “I’m sure he has it under control” – but speaking up earlier rather than later can mean a greater chance of success in treatment.
Before you start talking, come up with a clear plan of what to say, how to say it, and what feelings to express. Consider starting with signs of abuse, troublesome situations, personality changes, and any other issues you have noticed. Research treatment facilities and plan options as well so that you have can recommend a course of action.
Discussions with your loved one should be calm and concise with as little emotion as possible. As a challenging subject, it’s likely you are sad, anxious, scared, or worried, but do your best to keep all interactions neutral and straightforward. Express compassion and care, but develop clear, coherent points that explain your point of view. Be patient and stay calm, even if you experience resistance, anger, or aggression. If the first conversation doesn’t work – and it may not – continue to express your concerns in a non-confrontational manner.
Can You Help Me Cope?
Finding a way to cope with a loved one’s struggles can be a monumental challenge. At The Treatment Center, we understand the importance of an addicted individual’s support system and we are happy to offer resources that uplift your whole family.
With support groups for families of addicts and counseling options for parents of addicts, we can help you learn management strategies, coping techniques, and more to ensure a healthy outcome for both you and your loved one. We know that recovery often starts and ends at home, and we want to foster positive momentum for all involved on the road to sobriety.
How Do I Learn More?
Have more questions? We have more answers. Our compassionate support staff is available 24 hours a day to provide consultations and schedule intake, offering you the help you deserve when you need it most. Please call us at (866) 295-6003.