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Getting Help for A Loved One

Seeing someone you care about or even love go through the challenge of addiction can be difficult for anyone. If you think that someone close to you is living with addiction, you may be wondering how to help your loved one, and one of the best ways is getting your loved one into rehab. This may sound impossible, but getting a friend or family member into rehab and on their recovery journey is one of the best ways to show you care, and it can be easier than you think.

Is Your Loved One Struggling with Addiction?

Before you can get an intervention or treatment plan created, you should be sure that your loved one is struggling with addiction. In many cases, this may already be established, however other cases will require that you be able to recognize the symptoms of addiction in your loved one. 

Some many signs and symptoms may indicate a problem with addiction. Some of the indications are behavioral, some are emotional, and some are physical.

The Behavioral Signs Can Include:

  • Developing attendance problems at work or school
  • Performance or behavior problems developing at work or school
  • Neglecting important events or activities
  • Becoming more isolated and closed-off
  • Disruption of sleep cycles
  • Criminal or legal problems
  • Problems maintaining healthy personal relationships such as marriage
  • Financial distress and lack of money
  • Change in social circles and socialization subjects to those that revolve around substance use

Physical Signs of Addiction Include:

  • Changes in appearance and lack of grooming
  • Body odor
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Sudden changes in weight, often weight loss
  • Significant changes in activity level associated with substance use
  • Repetitive speech
  • Dilated or constricted pupils
  • Red eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Looking pale or gaunt
  • Potential undernourishment

Some of The Emotional Signs of Addiction Can Include:

  • Increased irritability
  • Becoming defensive when the topic of addiction comes up
  • Lack of healthy coping techniques for stressful events or times
  • Lowered excitement for things that used to bring the individual joy
  • Becoming obnoxious or silly
  • Appearing confused or tired all the time
  • Rationalizing their use
  • Minimizing their use
  • Blaming others for their problems

Understanding Addiction and Its Hold

Fighting addiction can be incredibly difficult since the addiction significantly alters the pleasure centers and reward structure of the brain. This makes addiction incredibly hard to overcome and means that those on their recovery journey will need to be constantly vigilant for temptations, and must be constantly ready to cope with potential triggers long into the future. The good news, however, is that there are plenty of resources to help with this.

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How Your Involvement Can Be Beneficial

The most powerful and potentially helpful way to be involved in helping begin rehab help for a loved one is to have an intervention. This is more complex than it may seem and has several different steps involved. 

First, you’ll need to make a plan with the others in the intervention group, often with the help of a professional counselor or therapist. You’ll need to have all your information ready, and may even prearrange the treatment consultation with a facility. Then you’ll form the intervention team, which will be those actively participating in the intervention. 

Make sure that you not only decide on consequences if the individual fails to seek help but be prepared to stick to those consequences. Keep notes handy so that you can say what you need to say without losing track. Keep to the facts, because the addict will be overly emotional. 

When you hold the intervention meeting, you’ll need to do so without revealing the purpose to your loved one. Once they have arrived, each group member will take turns expressing their feelings and concerns about the addicted individual. The follow-up should include the individual enrolling in some form of a treatment plan.

Getting the Help They Deserve

Getting professional help is one of the best ways to ensure a successful recovery journey and lasting sobriety. Addiction is highly isolating, however, and creates a powerful sense of shame in the addict. This can make getting help incredibly difficult for those that don’t have a loving support system at hand. 

What Are the Treatment Options at Absolute Awakenings?

Absolute Awakenings offers a variety of treatment options that not only help you maintain your recovery but also allow you to have a life outside of treatment. For those that need intense recovery support, there is a partial hospitalization program, while individuals that need more flexibility and less structure can enroll in the intensive outpatient program, or even in the traditional outpatient program. 

Individualized Addiction Treatment Planning

The most significant factor in effective treatment is having the treatment plan tailored to the individual being treated. This means addressing not only their addiction in an effective way but also any co-occurring disorders that may be present. For more information, reach out today to the admissions team at Absolute Awakenings.