Posted on: December 22nd, 2017 by Serenity Malibu Rehab No Comments
When you read or hear about addiction treatment you may frequently come across the idea of “rock bottom” being the biggest motivation for getting help. Although hitting rock bottom may be a common story for people with addictions who finally decided to reach out, it is not the only way that someone can realize that they want treatment. People can recover from addiction in many different ways and they do not necessarily need to reach their lowest point before they can get sober.
The concept behind rock bottom is the story of an addict who recklessly continues to use in spite of all the signs that they should quit. They might ignore people that suggest that they should cut back or get defensive if someone talks about recovery. For this person they are only able to realize that they have a problem when they lose everything as a result of their addiction.
Rock bottom could come in the form of losing your job, getting a divorce, getting arrested or any other event that finally makes you understand that your addiction is ruining your life. Someone at rock bottom has nowhere else to turn and needs to seek help to get themselves back on track. Although many people may experience addiction and recovery this way, the idea that all addicts have to hit rock bottom is a myth that can actually be problematic.
The Myth about Addiction and Rock Bottom
One of the issues with the idea of rock bottom is that some people may believe that there is nothing you can do to help an addict until they reach this point. Some people may think that they simply have to wait until the person with the addiction creates enough problems in their life that they will want to seek help on their own. While it can be difficult to get an addict to realize they have a problem, that doesn’t mean you have to let them continue in their own destruction.
The concept of rock bottom can cause people to believe that they are powerless to help a friend or loved one who may be in need. It can also cause the addict themselves to believe that they don’t need help yet because they haven’t reached their lowest point. Believing the myth of rock bottom can delay much needed treatment and cause more damage than is necessary when someone has an addiction.
The reality is that the sooner a person gets treatment for their addiction, the better chance they will have of avoiding health problems and other issues that could make recovery more difficult. People who are addicted to drugs or alcohol for many years may be more vulnerable to developing co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety as a result of their dependencies. They can also end up with issues such as liver or brain damage that will require medical treatment if they do not get the help they need.
Rock bottom can also lead to serious financial ruin which can be devastating for a person’s life and their family. Allowing a person to reach that point can mean that they truly lose everything and may have a much harder time bouncing back from their financial loss. Rather than their job and all their money, it may be better for them to recover before they are so devastated by addiction.
Getting Help Early
Instead of waiting for rock bottom, it is better for a person to get help as early as they can so that they can have a successful recovery. At any point that you begin to realize that you or your loved one is suffering from addiction, you can start to take steps toward treatment. Don’t avoid responsibility because you believe that rock bottom is the necessary starting point for recovery.
If someone you love has an addiction it is never too early to consider talking to them one on one or staging an intervention so that you can discuss the possibility of them getting help. Early treatment can actually be a life saving opportunity for someone who might suffer significantly from any delay in getting help. If you yourself believe that you have an addiction, reach out to someone as soon as possible so that you don’t have to experience all of unnecessary pain and struggle that goes along with addiction.
Although for many people rock bottom may have been the only way they were able to end their denial about their addiction, others can be receptive to treatment sooner before they lose everything. Ending addiction is a personal experience and never happens the same way for everyone. Take advantage of any opportunity you have to get yourself or someone you love the treatment they need.
Posted on: December 15th, 2017 by Serenity Malibu Rehab No Comments
Making the decision to get treatment for an addiction is already a very difficult and frightening change to go through. Receiving a dual diagnosis of an addiction combined with a mental illness can be a devastating blow as you worry about what to do next. How can you recover from your addiction while coping with the symptoms of your mental illness at the same time?
The important thing to understand about dual diagnosis is that it is a very common problem for people with substance abuse issues. Mental illness and addiction often go hand in hand because the two problems are closely related. People with mental health problems frequently turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with their issues and substances tend to worsen a person’s mental health.
Whether you had a pre-existing mental illness or your drug use caused some symptoms to appear, it is crucial that you get the right kind of treatment. Someone with a dual diagnosis will not fare well at a more general addiction treatment center because they will not have the support they need to reduce the symptoms of their disorder. In the same way, someone receiving treatment for their mental illness will not make much progress if they are still abusing drugs.
Although it might seem intimidating to consider the idea of treating two disorders simultaneously, it is the only way to ensure that you are able to make a complete recovery. Special programs cater toward dual diagnosis because it is such a widespread problem. According to studies, 37 percent of alcohol abusers and 57 percent of drug abusers also have a mental illness.
Finding Help for Dual Diagnosis
Once you are diagnosed as having co-occurring disorders, the next step is to educate yourself about the problem and seek the right kind of treatment center. You can research dual diagnosis and different treatment methods that tend to have a high success rate. Look into any local programs that offer dual diagnosis inpatient care that also fit within your budget.
It is helpful to research the subject thoroughly and take your time finding the right program that will suit your needs but don’t wait too long to get help. You will need a lot of support from a treatment team in order to recover and the longer you wait the more complicated your problem will become with continued substance abuse. Dual diagnosis is a difficult problem with a high risk for self-destructive behavior and even suicide so the sooner you get help the better.
When you find a dual diagnosis treatment program that will meet your needs and suits your personal budget you can start the process of enrollment. You might first receive an assessment that will determine the severity of your addiction as well as the specific symptoms of your mental illness. This assessment and evaluation will allow the professional team to come up with a customized treatment plan that will provide the best results.
Comprehensive and Inclusive Treatment
Patients with a dual diagnosis will benefit the most from treatment programs that include group and family therapy as well as counseling and education. Someone with a dual diagnosis needs to understand as much as possible about their own mental illness which may be a new idea to them. They may have lived for years with the symptoms but never understood that they had a specific disorder.
It will take time and patience to learn how to cope with a mental illness while you are in addiction recovery. Group therapy can be an especially helpful way to understand more about how your mental illness has affected you by hearing other people’s stories. If they have the same disorder you might relate to their experiences and begin to get a better idea of the bigger picture of having a mental illness.
Family therapy is especially important because every close member of your family also needs to learn about and understand your illness as well as your addiction. They need to know how to handle your symptoms and provide their support throughout your recovery. When family becomes more educated it tends to help the individual to continue their success as they return back home.
People who have been given a dual diagnosis need lots of regular sessions of psychotherapy to address both their addiction and the treatment for their mental illness. Therapists who have extensive experience in treating people with a dual diagnosis will understand how to support each patient in recovery. Therapy can be a transformative experience that makes it possible for people to move on from many of the difficulties that have plagued them for years.
If you have just received a dual diagnosis, make sure to find a rehab facility that specializes in dual diagnosis care so that you can receive the best treatment possible.
Posted on: August 26th, 2017 by Serenity Malibu Rehab No Comments
The founder of Tesla, Elon Musk has recently opened up about his personal life and mental health problems in a series of public tweets. The successful engineer and businessman admitted that he suffers from issues of depression which continues to affect his everyday life. His reality, he said, is a mix of “great highs, terrible lows and unrelenting stress” as a result of his battles with mental health.
Musk replied to user tweets reacting to his admission of personal struggles, one of which asked if he was bipolar. He initially responded yes but then followed up the tweet saying “maybe not medically”. Musk has never been diagnosed by a psychiatrist but his high pressure job may be causing him to experience what feels like manic depression due to the highs and lows of his life.
As the creator of his own company, Musk knows that he willingly chose a stressful job and believes that the struggles he experiences are what he signed up for as an entrepreneur. He has major responsibilities that impact other people which puts him at risk for high amounts of stress leading to anxiety, anger and depression. Psychologists believe that high power jobs and executive positions can often lead to isolationism and various mental health challenges.
Entering the Business World and Creating Tesla
Elon Musk was born in South Africa and as the son of an electromechanical engineer he had many natural gifts. He developed an interest in computing and taught himself computer programming at the age of 12. He went to college in Canada where he studied physics and economics and instead of continuing to pursue a PHD he decided to pursue his aspirations as an entrepreneur.
Musk started a few businesses over the years including a web software company called Zip2 along with his brother as well as an email payment company called X.com which merged with the company Confinity, ultimately becoming PayPal. Musk was CEO of PayPal for a period of time and when it was acquired by eBay in 2002 he received $165 million. Musk also founded SpaceX which develops and manufactures space launch vehicles and was awarded a contract with NASA in 2006.
The Tesla company had already been in early development before Musk took over as CEO and product architect following the financial crisis of 2008. Tesla Inc has been successfully creating and selling electric cars, something that Musk has become passionate about as part of the effort to reduce the effects of global warming. Since taking over Tesla, Musk has been involved in several other projects related to clean energy and transportation including SolarCity and Hyperloop.
Success, Stress and Mental Health
With his involvement in so many different projects, it is not surprising that Musk has to cope with the ups and downs that come with these various pursuits. As an executive, it can be difficult to find the time or space to handle mental issues especially with so many people depending on you. There is often a stigma associated with problems like anxiety and depression that makes it hard for top level professionals to admit that they are dealing with more than they can handle.
Many people in high power positions worry that if they admit to having a disorder like major depression or bipolar disorder they will lose their credibility and it might affect their career. They may fear that asking for help and support or even seeking treatment may make them look weak. They also may fail to take time off to address their personal problems because the stakes are too high.
From what Elon Musk has revealed in his tweets, it seems like the stress of his career has taken its toll on him and he has not yet received any help from a professional. Musk admitted that he channels all of his good and bad energy into his work as a way of coping with his emotions. He said that his solution is to “take the pain and make sure you really care about what you are doing.”
Like Musk, many executives are still highly functional in spite of their mental health problems and believe they can power through their feelings. The reality is that they can still benefit from treatment even if their problems do not necessarily affect their jobs. Instead of suffering in silence and escaping pain through hard work, this type of personality can still get help and balance their work life.
Elon Musk has taken a brave step by admitting his issues with mental health on Twitter and speaking candidly with people on the site about what he goes through. Speaking out about mental illness can help reduce the stigma especially for those in high power jobs that worry how depression might affect their careers.
Posted on: July 2nd, 2017 by Serenity Malibu Rehab No Comments
Although plenty of people dream of being a famous musician, singer or actor, the price of fame can be high and it is all too common to lose some of our favorites artists to addiction. Celebrity overdoses have always been a rampant problem even since the 1960s when talented legends like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin died young from drug related issues. Over the years, drug statistics have the tendency to rise and fall but celebrity drug use remains stagnant. What is this the connection between celebrity status, drug abuse and overdose? Although each individual’s story of addiction is different, there seems to be a pattern related to fame and what it involves that causes drug abuse. Celebrities often have unbridled access to drugs combined with issues of depression and anxiety that can be common in creative people. Looking at different celebrity stories may make it easier to understand why this problem is so prevalent.
Prince’s Struggles with Opioids
Prince was known for his outlandish looks, passionate performances, impressive guitar playing and unique skills in songwriting. He honed and crafted all these talents in spite of growing up in desperate poverty, his family barely able to afford food after his parents divorced. He had epilepsy as a child and was often bullied in school which made him crave attention and develop anger issues as he grew up. Prince began playing in a band when he was just 14 and by the age of 19 he was already the youngest artist signed to Warner Brothers with contract allowing him complete creative control. He had breakthrough hit albums in the early 1980s like Dirty Mind and 1999 which sold 3 million copies. His issues with opioids began more recently after he started suffering from hip strain which caused him to have chronic pain. Many of his friends knew that he was in a lot of pain even though he chose to keep performing and recording, using prescription opioids to continue working as much as possible.
Prince was found dead in April of 2016 at his home in Minnesota and it was determined through a toxicology report that he overdosed on fentanyl, an opioid prescribed by doctors for cancer treatment that may have been obtained illegally. Friends and family revealed that he had been dealing with an addiction Percocet for a number of years. It was later discovered that Prince’s prescriptions for oxycodone had been written under his bodyguard’s name, Kirk Johnson, for “privacy”. This suggests the possibility that some of those in Prince’s inner circle were helping him obtain medication in spite of his addiction, an issue that is commonly seen in celebrity overdoses.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Fatal Heroin Addiction
A critically acclaimed actor with multiple awards and nominations for a long list of films, Phillip Seymour Hoffman was known as one of Hollywood’s elite talents. He was also a devoted father of three and had been sober for decades before relapsing back into heroin abuse and eventually spiralling out of control. Hoffman had a deep love for theatre and very high standards for his acting which at times could cause him to feel tortured about his artistic performances. He had checked into rehab for a heroin addiction just after graduating college when he was only 22 years old. Once he became sober he began his career mostly with small roles until he started collaborating with directors like Paul Thomas Anderson in “Boogie Nights” and eventually went on to win leading roles such as that of “Capote” for which he won an Academy Award.
Hoffman had been off of heroin for 23 years but the problem started resurfacing and he started relying on prescription drugs to break the habit again. Friends and neighbors said that he could be seen at the bar alone at night looking dark and depressed. He was kicked out of his family home because his heroin addiction started spiraling out of control. Although Hoffman returned to rehab and was briefly sober again, he was later found dead in his apartment with a syringe still sticking out of his arm. Police found 70 bags of heroin in a drawer inside his home and people in his inner circle confirmed that his heroin use had been very heavy before his death.
Scott Weiland Loses His Battle to Drugs
Even though he was a rockstar with a career spanning three decades, Scott Weiland dealt with some personal demons and drug abuse that ultimately took his life. In the 1990s he rose to fame was the frontman for the popular band Stone Temple Pilots, later moving on to the supergroup Velvet Revolver with members of Guns N’ Roses in the early 2000s. Over the years, Weiland battled an addiction to several drugs including heroin but at one point had quit all of his habits. His drug abuse had caused rifts between him and people in his life and many of his performances suffered due to being intoxicated onstage. He was seen on a few different occasions forgetting lyrics and even falling off stage at one show.
Even though he had been sober for some time, shortly before his death there were rumors floating around that he had returned to drug abuse and cocaine was found on the bus that he died on. Weiland was known to have suffered from depression for years and even took medication for bipolar disorder. He spoke in interviews about his tendency to use heavy drugs until they exacerbated his depression which ultimately gave him something to write about in his music. When sober he felt uninspired and admits that he probably subconsciously took drugs to fuel his creativity.
Corey Monteith’s Tragic Overdose
One of the stars of the hit show Glee, Corey Monteith, was only 31 when he was found in a hotel room dead from a mixed drug toxicity of heroin and alcohol. Monteith had a lifelong struggle with addiction but was trying to get on the right track by spending a month in rehab prior to his overdose. His drug and alcohol use had been a problem since he was only 12 years old trying to escape his troubled youth. He began jumping between 16 different schools including alternative programs for problematic kids. Asked by his family to quit drugs, Monteith decided to get sober and move to LA to start acting in 2009. It wasn’t long before he landed his breakout role in “Glee” where he began to gain some notoriety. It was while working on the show, however, that Monteith relapsed and many of the cast members and producers became concerned. They staged an intervention, asking him to attend rehab and get clean to which Monteith complied. Soon after completing rehab however, he overdosed most likely because of a decreased tolerance from his period of sobriety.
Whitney Houston’s Addiction to Cocaine
Pop princess, Whitney Houston, has long been touted as one of the most talented singers of all time. However, her issues with drugs caused the star to pass away at the age of only 48 years old. Houston was groomed to be a star by Arista president, Clive Davis but she began rebelling against the pressure to be perfect by taking drugs in her early 20s. The singer often felt that she couldn’t be herself completely because of her fame and she had to hide many of her insecurities, family issues and personal emotional problems that plagued her throughout her career. Houston especially resented the control that Davis had over her and the clean image that he wanted her to present at all times. Friends and colleagues said that Houston used drugs to escape her pain but her addiction began to spiral. They also said that she was surrounded by enablers who allowed her to continue her abuse and do whatever she wanted. The singer entered rehab multiple times but her drug problem ultimately took her life.
Lisa Robin Kelly’s Drinking Problem
One of the stars of the popular series, “That 70’s Show”, Lisa Robin Kelly rose to fame playing the older sister, Laurie, alongside Topher Grace. She worked on the show for five seasons until her character was written out of the series by leaving home to go to beauty school. The reality was that Kelly was unable to continue working because of her heavy addiction to cocaine and alcohol. The producers of the show insisted that she enter rehab but she was ultimately fired in 2002. Kelly’s issues with drug abuse soon became much worse as she was arrested multiple times including once for driving under the influence in 2010, and later again for spousal abuse two years later. The star admitted that she had a miscarriage as a result of her drinking and over time she became almost unrecognizable due to her addiction. In 2013, Kelly attempted to get help by checking into a rehab facility in California to quit her alcohol issues. It was while attending rehab that the actress overdosed and passed away.
Amy Winehouse’s Troubled Life
A singer-songwriter with a unique artistic ability, Amy Winehouse was adored by fans and critics for her deeply personal and sometimes dark music. While her career was at its peak, Winehouse died of an overdose at the age of 27 in her London home. Winehouse’s issues with drugs and alcohol were no secret to fans as her most famous hit song “Rehab” detailed her refusal to get help for her substance abuse. In spite of the anthem, Winehouse actually did enter rehab a few times but left early for each program. She admitted in several interviews that she suffered from manic depression and even symptoms of an eating disorder combined with self-injury. Winehouse had a troubled relationship with her on and off again boyfriend and fellow drug abuser Blake Fielder-Civil. Many of the lyrics on her hit album “Back to Black” were about Blake and their difficult romance. The pain and depression that Winehouse expressed in her lyrics were what made her connect with listeners and even her addiction became part of her artistic persona. Her career was cut short when she died of alcohol intoxication following a long battle of substance abuse.
Heath Ledger Dies from Prescription Drugs
The beloved actor who played the Joker in “The Dark Knight”, Heath Ledger, was a rising star when his highly publicized death turned his career into a tragedy. Ledger was known for his impressive acting skills but his talent became overshadowed by his issues with drugs. He was found in his Manhattan apartment where he overdosed with six different types of prescription drugs used for anxiety and sleeping problems. Ledger was on and off drugs but frequently took prescription medication to help him with his insomnia which sometimes led to harder drug use. The actor was committed to all of his roles through method acting, often getting deeply involved in entering the mind of the characters he played. Fans wonder if his final role as the Joker took its toll on him mentally and physically but Ledger was already filming his next project at the time of his death. The actor was the father of a two year old girl to whom he was a devoted parent in spite of his issues with drugs.
In many cases of celebrity overdoses, the individuals are uniquely talented and often tortured artists that struggle with fame and personal demons. Actors and musicians can sometimes have troubled pasts and problems with depression which help to drive their creativity. While they may be able to turn their pain into something beautiful, it does not always ease their suffering. Fame can also come with its own drawbacks because it means living in the spotlight and having to present a certain image. Celebrities at the height of fame also have enough money and access to drugs to engage in rampant abuse. They are also frequently surrounded by enablers or fellow drug abusers who never question their choices. There are plenty of famous actors and musicians who are able to continue working for their entire lives but unfortunately some of the most talented and gifted people never manage to escape their demons.
Posted on: June 26th, 2017 by Serenity Malibu Rehab No Comments
When you first realize that you need to get help for an addiction, you may not know what to do or what kind of steps to take for your recovery. The beginning of recovery can be one of the hardest times in your life and preparing yourself for treatment can be mentally and physically demanding. People often have a lot of worries about rehab and wonder what will happen throughout the process.
Understanding more about how rehab works, what takes place while you are there and what type of options are available for a treatment center can help you feel more prepared for recovery. Addiction is not just a temporary problem, it is a chronic illness that needs to be controlled and managed through a complex variety of solutions. Rehab addresses different aspects of addiction and helps patients get through all the most difficult emotions that they are experiencing so that they can feel more comfortable living as a sober person.
Intake and Assessment
When you begin rehab you will have to go through the process of intake which includes a kind of evaluation of the state of your addiction as well as your physical and mental health. Physicians must have a better idea of how severe your dependency is and if you have any medical or psychological issues that will need to be treated alongside your addiction. Intake provides you with the opportunity to talk with someone about your stay at rehab and find out if the treatment center is a good fit for you.
They might run some diagnostic tests and screenings to help tailor a treatment plan that will work best for your individual needs. The treatment center will likely ask about your personal history of drug use, your family history of addiction and any prior mental health issues or diagnoses. If you have been diagnosed with a mental illness in the past or you are determined to have one during an intake screening then you will need to get specialized treatment for both your addiction and your co-occurring disorder.
The First Step is Detox
Before entering a rehab program, most treatment centers require that you first complete some time in a detox program. As the very first step in recovery, detox is usually one of the most challenging parts of getting sober. For many people, this is their first time ever transitioning from a life of addiction to total abstinence from any drug use. It is a major adjustment that can be stressful to go through especially if you are used to drinking or using a certain substance on a daily basis.
During the detoxification phase, patients must refrain from any substance abuse and allow their bodies to rid themselves of any chemicals or toxins in the system that are causing them to be physically dependent. This is an important first step because it prepares the body for rehab in order for patients to later focus more on their psychological aspects of addiction.
Dealing With Withdrawal Symptoms In Detox
Because detox eventually leads to withdrawal symptoms, it is usually medically supervised by trained staff that know how to handle any issues that might come up. Withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable for the most part but in more severe cases they can be dangerous. That is why it is important to complete detox in a supervised environment where staff members provide care around the clock.
Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on how much a person was abusing drugs prior to treatment and their own individual reaction to abstaining. Most symptoms typically include issues such as insomnia, decreased appetite, body aches, vomiting, sweating, and other flu-like symptoms. The majority of patients also experience emotional symptoms including anxiety, depression, irritability and strong cravings or the desire to use again. The most severe symptoms of withdrawal tend to subside after a few days but some patients stay as long as a week or so to fully complete their detox.
Inpatient vs Outpatient Treatment
Once you finish a detox program then you are finally ready to enter a rehab treatment center. At this point you can make the decision whether you want to enroll in an inpatient program or an outpatient program. Both can be equally effective depending on the severity of your addiction and your own personal treatment needs. An inpatient program means that you will be living inside the treatment facility for a period of time, usually a few months.
Inpatient treatment gives people with very serious addictions the chance to be away from all temptations and the stress of their work and personal life so that they can focus on recovery. Living in a residential program gives patients access to helpful staff at all times as well as the support of their peers who are going through the same experiences in rehab while getting sober. Inpatient programs remove the possibility of relapse and give patients more opportunities to connect with others.
An outpatient program is a good option for people with less serious addictions because it means that they will be living at home while attending treatment sessions during the day. Although in an outpatient program you do not have 24 hour access to staff for assistance, you otherwise experience all the same aspects of a treatment program with daily therapy and education.
Outpatient can be a great option for people who feel strong enough to live at home or who have certain obligations which prevent them from being able to live in a residential center. Patients who cannot take time off of work or who need to care for their families can use outpatient treatment as a way to fulfill their responsibilities while still getting help for themselves.
Confronting Emotional Issues in Individual Therapy
Whether you decide on inpatient or outpatient treatment, a lot of your time in rehab will be focused on different types of therapy. One of the most important types of therapy is individual therapy which means spending one or more sessions a day speaking with a trained counselor one on one. In individual sessions you will learn to open up and talk about personal problems that you may have been dealing with on your own for many years.
Therapy can be both cathartic and challenging as you try to confront problems head on and deal with feelings that you may have been avoiding for a long time. The reason many people become addicted to certain substances is because they offer them a form of escape so that they don’t have to feel sad, confused, angry or scared. In therapy you can start to let yourself feel these emotions and work through them instead of running away or self-medicating.
Group Therapy for Support and Connection
While individual therapy is a way to deal with very private and personal issues, group therapy can give you the chance to be vulnerable and improve communication with your peers. Group therapy is a helpful supplement to individual therapy because it allows people to hear other stories about addiction and personal struggles that may be similar to their own. It can be cathartic and empowering to realize that you are not alone in the challenges you have faced in life and that everyone goes through their own dark times.
In group therapy, patients learn to listen to each other and be more empathetic so that they develop closer connections and relationships. Many people with addictions often tend to isolate themselves and become distant from the people in their lives in order to pursue their substance abuse. The goal of group therapy is to help addicts learn to be closer to the people around them and rely on each other for support to stay sober.
Activities While in Rehab
There is more to most rehab programs than simply attending therapy every day and talking in group meetings. There are also plenty of fun activities planned to help patients have some time away from the ups and downs of recovery. Activities can also help people in recovery learn how to enjoy themselves while sober and explore new hobbies that alleviate stress.
The type of activities vary depending on the type of treatment center but they could include sports, hiking, swimming, art classes, music or group outings like museum and beach trips. Getting involved in different activities is another way for peers to connect with each other and have interactive experiences that don’t involve any substance abuse. Hobbies and activities can be helpful in difficult times because they help take your mind off of what you are going through. Rehab includes activities so that patients can focus on having fun and occasionally taking a break from the hard work of recovery.
Help with Interventions
If you are concerned that someone you know needs to go to treatment for an addiction it can be a difficult subject to bring up. Talking to someone about their problem can be uncomfortable because they may feel hurt and defensive or fear that you are judging them. Confronting someone about their drug use can be very complex and is sometimes best accomplished through the format of an intervention.
By gathering together a group of people that feel as worried as you do about this person’s well-being you are more likely to reach them. When a number of people in their life have all the same concerns about their drug use rather than just one person they are more inclined to listen. If you are not sure how to stage an intervention or are afraid that it might fail it can be a good idea to get in touch with an interventionist who has experience in the field of addiction. This person can help you prepare for the intervention and give you a better idea of what you can say and do to get your loved one into addiction treatment.
The Necessity of Aftercare
Although rehab is designed to prepare you as much as possible for living a sober life, many people still need help after they finish the program. Not everyone is going to be completely ready to go back to their old life and be faced with cravings and temptations without the help and support that they have in treatment. That is why most rehab programs offer some type of aftercare as a way to help people in the transition between treatment and living at home again.
It is never easy to return to an environment where you used to abuse alcohol or drugs and have to maintain control so that you do not relapse. It is a difficult struggle for people to stay committed to the things that they learned in rehab when they are no longer in a safe and supportive sober community. Aftercare provides people with the resources they need when they have completed their treatment program and need help to stay sober in the first few months of living at home again.
Choosing a Rehab Center
Once you have a good idea of the different components of rehab and what the process entails you will need to focus on choosing one that suits your personal needs. Do you want to receive treatment in a certain location such as somewhere secluded and remote or close by so that family can visit? We’ve also created a guide to finding the best drug rehab. There are a lot of options to think about in terms of a rehab center and looking into a few different treatment programs can help ensure that you pick one that suits your needs the best.
They type of program can vary depending on your financial situation and what you can afford or what your insurance will cover. People with greater financial means might choose something like luxury rehab and others might have to find a place that is comfortable but still within their ability to pay. As long as you visit a rehab center first and get all your most important questions answered, you can make sure that you have chosen the treatment center that will work best for you.