The first step to getting an addict or alcoholic into treatment is to contact family intervention services for help. A professional intervention counselor will explain that it doesn’t make sense to wait for a person living with an addiction to continue to get worse and hit rock bottom before seeking help. The family needs to step in and take charge of the situation to get help for the addict by making the decision to get them the help they need now.
Did you know there are actually two types of addiction treatment an addict must undergo to get free from the hold of this often-misunderstood disease? The first stage for an alcoholic or a drug addict is withdrawal. During this time, the person must stop using and wait for the effects of the substance to leave his or her body.
In many cases, detox must be medically supervised to keep the addict or alcoholic safe. Symptoms range from mild to severe. They can be life-threatening in some instances, and some treatment centers will administer medications to keep clients comfortable during this process.
The process can take several days. During this time, an addict will feel miserable. He or she knows that using again will make the symptoms go away. Family members who understand what their loved one is going through will not be surprised if he or she talks about using again during this process.
After Physical Recovery Comes Emotional Recovery
Once this phase of treatment has been completed, the next phase of the alcohol or drug rehabilitation program begins. This is where the addict does the work to determine why he or she turned to a substance as a coping mechanism in the first place. The treatment may involve seeing a drug counselor, a psychologist or other specialist. The addict will need to learn about how to deal with stress, depression, grief and other life issues in a whole new way.
The drug treatment program will likely include instruction on proper nutrition. A person who is an addict or alcoholic has probably not been taking good care of him or herself physically. The addiction has been in control for many years, in a number of cases. As the layers of addiction get peeled back to reveal the person underneath, the addict learns to develop a positive self-image and that he or she can manage without that type of crutch anymore.
Once the addict or alcoholic leaves the treatment facility, he or she will need ongoing support from the family to stay sober. Even though the using phase has hopefully completed, the recovery journey has really just begun. Staying sober remains a daily struggle, but it becomes easier over time.