How to Get Help for AddictionDylan Romero
First – congratulations! Whether you’re someone who suspects they may have a problem or the relative of someone struggling with addiction, you’ve just done the hardest thing. By researching this topic, you’ve taken the first step to healing. Below, we’ve outlined some key steps to getting help for addiction. From identifying potential issues to pursuing treatment, we hope that these guidelines will be helpful to you and your family.
How to Tell if Someone Has a Problem with Drugs or Alcohol
Addiction is a complicated disease – it looks different on each person. A substance that makes one person loud and outgoing may cause another to become reclusive, introspective, and quiet. Some people may need to consume a large amount of a substance in order to feel its effects, while others are noticeably affected after just a small dose.
Perhaps the most important thing to know is that typical stereotypes aren’t the gold standard for identifying an addict. While most media depicts people with substance use disorders as those at rock bottom, with no jobs or family left, that is often not the case. People in active addiction may have great careers, beautiful homes, and a significant amount of personal wealth. They may also be wonderful family members and friends to others. Keep in mind that there is no one image of what an addict looks like.
In spite of individual differences, there are certain key signs that your or someone you know may have a problem with drugs and alcohol. They include:
- Attempting to quit and being unable to
- Having a preoccupation with drugs and alcohol
- Consuming an increased amount of the substance to achieve the same effect
- Displaying a marked change in personality after using the substance
- Behaving dangerously while under the influence (driving or swimming while drunk, for example)
- Forgetting conversations or actions from while they were drunk or high
- Becoming secretive or withdrawn, flaking on social obligation
- Losing interest in previously enjoyed activities or hobbies
- Experiencing issues at work or home
- Spending time with new, unsavory group of friends
- Mentioning money problems, borrowing or stealing money
- Dedicating more time to obtaining, using, and recovering from their substance of choice
After you’ve determined that you or your loved one are exhibiting signs of addiction, the next step is to seek treatment. Often, the process of finding a center can seem overwhelming. Consider using the dial-in provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or a local behavioral health services directory. Be sure to find a center that has several licenses, accreditations, and affiliations, specifically from CARF, NAATP, or the Joint Commission. These serve as signs that the facilities, treatment plans, and curricula are all continually audited and validated by reputable third parties.
You should also look for a treatment option that addresses your specific concerns; don’t seek out a center that doesn’t specialize in what you need. There are a variety of programs – some faith-based, others agnostic; some 12-step, others structured in an alternative fashion. Regardless of what your personal checklist looks like, there is definitely a center out there that will work best for you.
Should You Travel for Rehab?
One of the key decisions you must make when pursuing treatment is whether you wish to attend rehab in your hometown, or if you want to travel for the experience. There are pros and cons to each. For those who only require an outpatient program, local treatment makes the most sense. In this way, they are able to continue to fulfill obligations at work and at home while undergoing treatment.
For those who are surrounded by unhealthy home environments or potential triggers, traveling for treatment is usually the preferred option. If loved ones are also addicted to drugs and alcohol, it can make things particularly challenging for someone trying to get (and stay) sober. Once you’ve distanced yourself from these temptations and have gotten clean, your treatment provider will work with you to create a plan for your future moving forward.
Ultimately, the choice of where to attend rehab is fully up to you – there is no right or wrong choice. The important thing is that you’re choosing health, happiness, and your own well-being by pursuing a new life of recovery.
Effective Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Concise Recovery offers premier addiction detox and recovery services from our two conveniently-located Southern California facilities. Regardless of how severe the addiction, our team of professionals and clinicians will work with you to craft an individualized treatment plan. Call 888-978-5424 to learn how much of your treatment will be covered by insurance.