We told ourselves that we just wanted to use the drugs for a little extra fun, to just remove a little edge, to feel good. This was probably true in the beginning, but the more and more we used it, the more we couldn’t live without it. The more our lives revolved around our drug use and getting the drugs. The more we wanted to get away from it, the more it physically and emotionally and psychologically hurt. We lived to use and now we used to live. Simply put, an addict is a person whose life is controlled by drugs.
Maybe you’re feeling like you want to use drugs everyday but you don’t consider yourself an addict. All of us have an idea in our minds about what an addict is. However, there should not be shame once an addict chooses to take positive action and transform their situation. Everyone has a struggle, but it matters most how we deal with our situation. If we can identify that we have a problem, we can work towards getting support and finding a positive solution.
If someone you care about has asked for help, he or she has taken an important first step in recognizing a problem and reaching out for support. If that person is reluctant to ask for help, see if you can at least persuade your friend to see a doctor or psychologist for an evaluation.
Emphasize to your friend or loved one that it takes a lot of courage to ask for help for a drug problem. Scientific evidence proves that treatment works, and people recover every day. Like other chronic diseases, addiction can be managed successfully. It may take several attempts at treatment to find the right approach, even with some relapses, but assure your friend that you will be supportive in this courageous effort. Celebrate small baby steps as progress. Remind and encourage your friend that treatment may feel like a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs and twists and turns, but if he or she sticks to it, then he or she will eventually get off that ride and recover.
When you love someone who won't recognize their own drug or alcohol abuse, a professional intervention specialist can help direct a group meeting for the addicted person and their loved ones.
When an addicted person decides to stop using drugs and alcohol, it isn’t easy because the body will physically experience painful withdrawal symptoms. Professionals can help patients get through detox safely to reduce the risk of relapse.
Recovery and rehabilitation is about breaking down harmful habits and replacing them with healthy habits and coping skills through therapy and counseling.
After rehab, you step out of the sheltered treatment centers and you resume normal life again, but the struggle doesn't end there. Aftercare programs like group addiction therapies can provide the community support needed to stay clean and sober.
Getting sober is making steps and strides towards a drug-free lifestyle. This is a gradual process that can take weeks, months, or even years. It is a very difficult decision that takes a lot of patience, persistence, and continuous effort.
Sometimes a loved one can’t accept they need help and are in denial of their situation, and this is where intervention comes in. A professional directs a group meeting to help the addicted person come to terms.
Alcohol and Drug Detox
When an addicted person decides to stop using drugs and alcohol, it isn’t easy because the body will physically experience painful and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Professionals can help patients get through detox safely to reduce the risk of relapse so the patient can get continue treatment.
Addiction therapy is crucial to any inpatient or outpatient treatment. Group and individual addiction therapy can both help the patient overcome root issues that led up to the substance abuse and create healthy habits and coping skills.
For those with serious drug and alcohol addictions, they can enter extended care. This could be a drug rehab plus aftercare treatment, or it could just be an extension of the normal rehab time period which is usually 90 days.
Patients who have completed their drug rehab and want to continue their drug-free lifestyle may seek the positive community support of others in similar situations also adjusting to their renewed, clean lives. This is what sober living communities are for.
Aftercare / Relapse Prevention
Once treatment ends, the need to actively maintain that drug-free lifestyle doesn’t stop. Aftercare services like group therapy helps address this struggle by creating a strong support network. This is a crucial part of staying sober and drug-free.