Getting Back on Track: What Can Addiction Treatment do for Your Family?

Addiction can come in all different shapes and sizes.  It can sneak in silently and look harmless, or It can come in like a tornado, loud and unexpected.  Regardless of the shape it takes, it is inevitable that addiction will cause damage to both the addict and his or her family.

Because addiction is a physical process that happens in the brain, it is very often difficult for an addict to recover on their own.  They will need a support system and likely medical attention, since withdrawal can be extremely painful on the body.

Treatment options are available, and they are necessary not only for the addict, but for their family as well.

What Treatment is Available?

There are many treatment options, from home rehab (outpatient) to highly supervised (inpatient).  A rehab center is considered the safest and most effective form of treatment because the staff are educated and prepared to help even the toughest of withdrawals.  Trained medical staff are on site to help when the withdrawal symptoms become difficult to handle, and often when the addict is at home with a loved one or alone, this can be the time when they give up and go back to the drug.

Many treatment centres like at the Addiction Recovery Centre,  have a mix of individual and group recovery options, and individualized treatment periods.  Addiction recovery is not a one size fits all case, and treatment options should not be generalized either.

There are many myths about drug abuse and addiction, and one is that it is simply a matter of willpower to stop.  This is not true for the majority of addicts.  They will need help, not only with the physical process of recovery, but afterwards, when they have to repair the damage they have caused as well.

Treatment Helps the Addict and the Family Recover

Many family members and loved ones of addicts have their own problems to overcome.  They may think that the addiction is their own fault or look for ways to blame others.  They may put themselves in dangerous situations to try to help the addict.  They may even compensate by using drugs themselves.

There is a lot that goes into recovering from an addiction, and family members can’t be an afterthought.  They are an integral piece in the recovery process, and they will need help as well.

While the focus of an inpatient stay is always going to be helping the addict through the process of addiction recovery, they will also be guided through fixing the damage that they have caused in their lives.

Sometimes, once the main concern of drug use is addressed, family therapy is necessary to make a full recovery.  Options for this are available almost everywhere, and, in fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends family therapy be included as part of any substance abuse treatment program.

Help is Available

If you or someone you love is experiencing the damaging effects of an addiction, you do not have to go through it alone.  There are millions of people out there who have been in your shoes, and they have created support groups and recovery treatment centres to help you.  No matter your individual case, there is a way to get you the help you need if you reach out.

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