Addictions are something very complicated to overcome for anyone and more so when the affected person does not have the help of friends and family. Furthermore, leaving drugs and alcohol can, in many cases, require professional help and strict rehabilitation treatments.
Before starting a rehabilitation, it is necessary to have clarity on all the alternatives and implications that exist to choose the right rehabilitation. Rehabilitation is the set of social, educational and professional measures intended to restore an addicted person to their greatest capacity and independence, including being independent of drugs and alcohol. This process may often include detox procedures.
In order to fulfill this purpose, you need to follow the next steps.
1. Understand the needs of the addicted person
For a person to start a drug addiction recovery or an alcohol addiction recovery, it must first be identified whether they require long-term rehabilitation, interventions and how often they should be, behavior therapy, medication and what type, be hospitalized or not.
Everything starts from the specific needs of each person, and these can be related to aspects such as age, race, culture, sexual orientation, sex, pregnancy, consumption of drugs or alcohol or both, concurrent health problems (e.g. depression, HIV), child rearing, housing, and work, as well as a history of physical and sexual abuse.
Now, the emotional factor is perhaps the most important, the person must have a reason to start the rehabilitation process. If he or she does not have a reason, then you should help him/her find a reason. Despite this, sometimes the person must be forced into the program because he/she needs help but refuses to accept the help due to stubbornness or rebelliousness.
2. Identify the types of rehabilitation
Rehabilitation programs are diverse and include residential treatment facilities, outpatient clinics, local support groups, rehabilitation clinics, addiction counseling, mental health, and medical care. Of course, there are also specialized centers that provide some or all of the above services, some of which offer programs specific to the patient’s age and gender.
Rehabilitation includes therapies that can be behavioral and pharmacological, in most cases you must combine both. For example, behavioral include Behavioral Cognitive Therapy that helps the addicts recognize, avoid and deal with situations where they are more willing to reuse drugs or alcohol.
Another type is Multidimensional Family Therapy, which is designed to help patient recovery by improving family functioning.
Pharmacotherapy, on the other hand, focuses on reducing dependence on the components of drugs and alcohol, and on the effects, they cause in the human body. For example, methadone and more recently buprenorphine have been used to treat addiction and dependence on opiates, such as heroin, morphine or oxycodone.
3. Evaluate the professionals to whom to turn
On many occasions, if not always, is essential to get professional help, since emotional attachment can distort your objectivity and no matter how hard they are, some decisions must be taken for the good of all.
At this point, make sure you get all the possible evaluations, for example, from nearby people who have visited that professional or clinic, from evaluations of other patients, their reviews online, and their possession of the certificates demanded by the law. This will help you determine most importantly that they can fulfill the needs of the addicted person.
You should not evaluate a treatment based on whether your family or friend likes it. Remember that on many occasions, the individual does do not want to do a rehabilitation, and if they do it, they want to leave it as soon as possible.
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4. Talk to those who have already done it
Nothing helps more than knowing that someone has gone through the same process since it allows thinking: if he or she could, then I can too. Inspiration sometimes does not come from within, but we must look for it in the experiences of other people, and it takes extreme inspiration and motivation to overcome an addiction.
A person who has gone through the process before can tell you the details of a certain type of rehabilitation. He/She can also give you tips to start, maintain and complete the process successfully and what things you should not do. For example, they can recommend you a book that is useful for you, ways to behave in a particular clinic, and most importantly, what to do with your daily life once the program is over.
5. Understand the consequences and responsibilities
For a rehabilitation to be successful, it is usually necessary to keep your friend or relative in a safe environment so that they do not have access to harmful substances.
A program of this type may involve isolation from the addict towards his friends and family, and everyone must be willing to bear it. The process of rehabilitation requires a commitment of all those around the addict even when it is finished. For example, something as simple as having a beer in the house can spoil the whole process.
6. Commit to the program
Something very important to achieve a successful rehabilitation is that the individual should follow every step, indication, and action that the program requires, regardless of whether or not something is difficult to do or not. There must be trust in the program and the system, and a wholehearted commitment.
Following all these recommendations, you can be much closer to choosing the right type of rehabilitation for you, your friend or relative, and always remember that the results will not be obtained overnight.