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An intervention is a carefully planned process that may be done by family and friends, in consultation with a doctor or professional such as a licensed alcohol and drug counsellor or directed by an intervention professional (interventionist). It sometimes involves a member of your loved one’s faith or others who care about the person struggling with addiction. During the intervention, these people gather together to confront your loved one about the consequences of addiction and ask him or her to accept treatment. The response: · Provides specific examples of destructive behaviours and their impact on your loved one with the addiction and family and friends · Offers a prearranged treatment plan with clear steps, goals and guidelines · Spells out what each person will do if your loved one refuses to accept treatment
When you reach out for help from a professional alcohol and drug rehab program, you begin the first stage of your recovery, treatment initiation. Whether you seek help voluntarily or you are forced by circumstances to enter rehab, your recovery process will begin with you beginning a professional treatment program. In the early hours and days of your rehab, you probably will have some ambivalent feelings about giving up your drug of choice permanently, and you may think that your substance abuse problem is not as bad as others. Beware. Ambivalence and denial can be your worst enemies in the first days of your recovery. Once you have committed to continue treatment for your substance abuse problem, you will enter the second stage of rehab known as early abstinence. Often the toughest stage to cope with because of many factors, including continued withdrawal symptoms, physical cravings, psychological dependence, and a host of triggers that can tempt you into a relapse. It is during this early abstinence stage that your trained addiction counsellor will begin to teach you the coping skills that you need to start to lead a sober lifestyle. The tools that you learn to use now will help you throughout your recovery.
Most people know that treatment can help an addict overcome their addiction. But like many other diseases, it is often a winding road to get there. So, what are the steps to a healthier, drug-free life? Seek treatment. The first step to recovery is to decide to seek treatment. It’s hard for people to recognize or admit they have a problem, even when they are putting their lives – or the lives of others – at risk. It doesn’t help that the brain’s decision-making center impairs when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Treatment may mean medications, behavioural counselling, or a combination of the two. Learn new habits. Relapse (or returning to drug use) is familiar with addiction and is an expected part of treatment. Returning to the people, places, or things associated with former drug use can trigger a relapse—before the addicted person is even aware of it. Behavioural therapy can teach the person in recovery to avoid these triggers and learn new coping skills so they can make better decisions. Take it one step at a time. Recovery takes time. Treatment works best when it is long-term, at least 90 days in most cases. And because people treated for drug addiction are vulnerable to relapse even after they’ve been off drugs for a long while, most treatment professionals would say that someone with a past drug or alcohol problem is “in recovery” for a lifetime.
Can You Overcome Addiction Without Rehab and Can You Overcome Addiction On Your Own? If you’ve been wondering, “Can I quit using drugs and alcohol by myself?” “Do I need rehab/treatment?” the answer depends on your particular situation. Data suggests that about half of people who recover do so with some help, while about half do so on their own. Many of the people who recover on their own do so with the help of community support, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, instead of going to formal rehab. So what path is right for you? Let’s explore what you need to know before making this critical decision. Although the addict can manage the majority of the recovery process, We highly recommended that you seek out professional help for the first stage of recovery: detox. The acute withdrawal symptoms that occur when you first stop using a substance can be severe – not only unpleasant to experience but also life-threatening in some cases, especially when coming off alcohol or benzos. At a detox center or other medical facility, you will have physicians checking your vital signs regularly to ensure your safety and to intervene if your symptoms become dangerous. They may also be able to prescribe medication to help ease the severity of the symptoms, making withdrawal less painful. For heroin and opioid addiction, it’s not the physical withdrawal symptoms that can kill you, but rather the state of mind it puts you in through the process. Withdrawal is known to cause suicidal behaviour in some cases, so medical supervision during detox helps keep patients from hurting themselves in a low moment. If you do decide to detox from opiate addiction at home, make sure there’s someone else there to watch over you and that you remove all dangerous items from the house. Rehabilitation – which is staying off drugs and alcohol after the initial acute withdrawal period is over – can be done on your own, as many people have proven through their own experiences. Whether you choose to recover on your own or in a rehab program, it is always you that is rehabilitating yourself. No one can make you get sober; you have to want it on a deep level. You have to be willing to do what it takes to make the necessary changes in your life. You have to embrace the trial by fire. Without that, no treatment program or AA process will be able to help you. What everyone does usually need is some support along the way. Recovery is hard enough; doing it with the help of others eases the burden. However and wherever you choose to recover, you may need some or all of these things: · Support from people like you who’ve been through this and understand what you’re going through, and can provide advice on what worked for them · Tips and training on how to prevent relapse · Counseling or therapy · Medication to ease post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) · Help with establishing a new life. Work, living arrangements, etc. · Ongoing encouragement during this months-long (or even years-long) process
Addiction can be inherited through genetics, although this is not always the case. Some people can suffer from addiction and have no family history of addiction whatsoever. In other instances, addiction might skip a generation, but can also go from generation to generation. Genetics is a factor, but also, exposure to substances/substance abuse can play a crucial role. Some disorders are inherited from previous generations, however, some disorders such as P.T.S.D (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), can develop as a result of exposure or involvement In a traumatic event such as death, divorce, sexual assault, abuse, etc. Each individual is different, and all factors need to observation when dealing with finding the cause of addictions.
The answer is yes. Some people are more likely to have multiple addictions than others. Some people have“an addictive personality.” Resulting in co-occurring disorders and mental health issue(s). Some of which include, chronic depression, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance addiction, and/or process/behavior addiction. Treating individual circumstances on a case by case scenario is essential.
Alcoholism is an addiction and does not differ from other addictions except in respect to the substance itself. Some people can drink regularly, yet this may not affect the manageability of their lives. The moment a substance or action (such as drugs, alcohol, gambling, shopping, eating, etc.) begins to affect a person’s life or the lives of those around them, help should be sought to help correct such behaviors and actions. Addiction is any behavior that becomes an out of control obsession. Again, this may be the result of a preexisting mental disorder or family history.
In some instances, the depression can directly relate to the addiction itself. In time, once the person stops the addictive behavior, the brain may begin to function back to its original state and emotions and feelings of anxiety and depression may start to diminish. In other cases though, underlying mental disorders may play a role in keeping the individual in the cycle of depression and/or anxiety. Proper treatment is essential in helping those with addictions to overcome them. Appropriate treatment includes long-term strategies to improve the individual to learn appropriate coping skills and also exercises that promote lasting recovery.
The treatment is provided on a case by case basis. What we have found has had the highest degree of success in recovery programs in a safe home-style environment. In-house support, with specialists who deal with both substance abuse issues and mental health issues. In some cases having direct communications and the cooperation of Mental Health Services
The answer is yes. The primary factor in getting better is your commitment to overcoming your addictions. Discussing your experiences with drugs and alcohol and also maintaining a level of honesty about your addictions and addictive behaviors. Many people do relapse, however, those with a higher level of commitment, generally, have a much higher degree of success overcoming their addictions.
You might find out information regarding the specific type of addiction by speaking to your physician, G.P., or a counsellor. Contact information for treatment centers is readily available online; however, you should contact them beforehand to see if they deal with your specific type of addiction(s). Another resource can be recovery programs such as A.A, N.A., C.A, Al-Anon, etc.
Our experienced and qualified staff can direct you to the proper channels, to find someone who understands your type of addiction. We employ many Certified Level Counsellors, Care Coordinators and Recovery Coaches. We also have an abundance of resources at our disposals such as Mental Health Services and Provincial Treatment Programs, to assist you in finding the right person/people who will understand and help you recover from your addiction.
Many addicts are never fully ready for treatment. It can be terrifying to change a natural behavior; however, addiction in most cases is a life and death situation. Success not only comes from abstaining, but also comes from understanding the addiction itself, and how it manifests inside of the addict. Accepting that there is imminent danger from the misuse and abuse of drugs and/or alcohol, also plays a vital role.
Substance abuse is the result of mental disease. Addiction can be arrested; however, it is a progressive disease. Many people relapse and do not recover. Abstinence had the highest rate of success and will help to improve your overall, mental, physical and emotional health.
In some cases, government funding/support may be available for people with mental health issues to help assist with payment. Some employers also have programs in place, that will assist employees dealing with addictions and substance abuse, and may help with covering costs. Contact our support workers to discuss options in helping you to obtain the funding for treatment.
Some people do have the ability to overcome addiction without help; however, programs such as A.A., N.A., C.A, etc., have a higher degree of success preventing relapse. Addiction is a very complex disease, and underlying issues may play a significant factor in helping one to recover from their addictions. Self-help support groups such as A.A and N.A, offer support from others who have similar addiction issues. Treatment facilities provide around the clock support to help the addict when they begin to experience cravings/triggers.
A typical day in treatment consists of education, relapse prevention training, recreational activities, personal reflection and group sessions. Although the addictions are discussed, other underlying issues also focus on such as attitudes and behaviors that brought the person to addiction. Support workers are always present to help teach new strategies to those struggling with their addictions.
In time, the cravings will begin to subside. Behavioural addictions or triggers are the results of habits or patterns the addict forms over a period of time. We teach techniques to combat these triggers so the person will begin to identify such behaviours that can trigger cravings, thus reducing the chances of relapse.
Although one likes to believe the treatment will “cure” them of addiction, it’s chronic disease. Utilizing the skills one learns during recovery can help prevent a relapse. Once many people experience a period of being clean, they feel as if they are cured and think they can return to using. This can set in motion the dangerous patterns that brought them to treatment in the first place. Once you learn the skills to learn to manage dealing living with your addiction, abstinence from using or partaking in your addictive behaviours, offers the highest rate of success in arresting addiction.