Alcohol and drug addictions are very common problems. Even though these problems eventually either directly or indirectly affect nearly every person in the United States, there seems to be a certain stigma attached to these issues. Addicts themselves do what they can to hide their over-indulgences in drugs and alcohol. This happens for a lot of reasons. Sometimes it is because the individual fears what other people will think of the lifestyle. In fact, being an alcoholic or an addict can have a negative impact on employment as well as on relationships with friends and families. Furthermore, many families of addicts get sucked into the cycle of addiction as they can innocently become enablers. It is not uncommon for family members to be at a loss about how to properly help their loved one. What Is Addiction? Addiction can be defined as a state of intense cravings for the desired substance. In addition, addictions include the compulsive behaviors that are designed to quench or satisfy those cravings. However, it should be noted that there is an ongoing debate about whether addictions are true diseases or they are simply bad choices that get out of hand. Reaching the Point of Seeking Help Through the denial that a problem exists, the consequences escalate. This can include a great variety of problems, for instance, the financial cost of an addiction can be overwhelming. When an addict reaches a point that the drug of choice cannot be afforded he or she may resort to borrowing or even stealing money from friends and family members. If that fails the addict may turn to other means of supporting the habit. Very often this can mean breaking the law in order to acquire the funds needed. The eventual result can be legal consequences. Other problems experienced by addicts can include declining health, relationship problems, and possible loss of employment. As the cycle continues the problems worsen and as this happens the addict’s self-esteem is lowered. Most addicts say they reach a point of feeling that they have no control in their lives. In almost every case addicts reach what is considered ‘rock bottom’ before they are willing to accept help for the addiction. Affect On the Family
As the situation spirals out of control most family members feel that they can only stand by and watch helplessly as their loved one slips further and further into the cycle of addiction. However, it should also be noted that it is often a family member or friend that takes the initiative to seek out the help needed. This too can add to the stress felt by family members. After all, choosing the right rehabilitation is not easy. This is a decision that can be life changing. Finding the Right Rehabilitation One of the keys to selecting the right program is learning all you can about it. Some of the major considerations are whether the center offers inpatient drug rehab. In most cases, by the time an addict is looking for a program that can help to end the confusion in his or her life and make it possible to live life to its fullest, inpatient care is a must. But regardless of whether the addict is looking for help or help is sought by a family member, this decision-making process usually comes at a time when stress levels are already at an all time high. This can add to the chaos being experienced. If the wrong drug rehab program is chosen time, money and effort is wasted. But perhaps even more importantly is the fact that when treatment at a program is not successful the addict’s self-esteem can again decrease. Program Phases Upon admission the client will be assessed to determine if there are any immediate physical or medical concerns. A treatment plan will be developed, and in most cases the client is encouraged to participate in the creation of this plan. Some inpatient drug rehab programs have a strict ‘drug-free’ approach to detoxification. These detox protocols may include exercise therapy, sauna treatments, and close monitoring of nutrition, including vitamin and mineral supplements. Detoxification must happen before the addict can move into the phases of learning about the addiction. During these phases the goal is to discover the real and underlying cause of the problem. Additionally, clients learn about triggers and cravings that cause relapse problems. This information is basic in developing effective coping skills. Addicts learn about things like problem-solving skills, communication, and conflict management. These are intended to help addicts find a lasting recovery and live a fulfilling life.