Educate Yourself About Addiction and Treatment

Find out about Treatment Options

One of the hardest things you will ever have to do is watch a loved one self-destruct with drug addiction or alcoholism. When you finally get to the point that you know you need to do something, the very first thing you should do is educate yourself. Here we will give you some tips about what you need to know and how you can go about educating yourself.

Learn the Warning Signs

Families and loved ones often overlook the signs of addiction. They might make excuses for the person, or simply turn a blind eye to the situations that have become the norm. This is not helpful to the addict or their family, and only allows addiction to worsen over time. Learn the warning signs of addiction, and look out for them in your loved one’s life and behavior. Knowing what to look for is the best way you can prepare to help someone who is addicted. By being aware and taking action quickly, you can help the person before things get too out of hand.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has a questionnaire that helps families analyze their loved one’s drug use. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence is another great resource for families looking for warning signs of addiction.

Addiction is a Disease

Before you even talk to your loved one about your concerns over their addiction, you should educate yourself about addiction. This will help you deal with your loved one in the most productive way, so that they will see their need for treatment and get help.

Addiction is a disease. According to the latest definition, addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Addiction actually changes the person’s brain chemistry, making it impossible to stop using on their own. It takes much more than willpower to overcome an addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has a wealth of information about the science behind the disease of addiction.

Understand Your Own Behavior

While you are waiting to talk to your loved one or for them to begin treatment, you will still need to interact with the person. It is important to understand how your own behavior will impact your loved one and his or her likelihood of getting help. The number one mistake family members make is to enable their addicted loved one. Don’t make it easy for them to continue in their addiction by making excuses for them, giving them money, or even ignoring the problem. Consider joining a support group like Al-Anon to learn more about your behavior and how best to interact with an addict.

Find out about Treatment Options

Finally, learn about your loved one’s treatment options. If you go into a conversation with the addict armed with options to help them overcome their addiction, you will be more successful in getting them to accept help. Learn about the different treatment programs available, and talk to the admissions staff at the program you are considering. Find out answers to questions like: Does my loved one need inpatient treatment? Is there long term care available for my loved one? What philosophy for recovery will work best for my loved one? Will insurance cover rehab? Actually calling a rehab and learning about their program, their admissions process, and things like insurance and program cost will make it much easier for you to talk to your loved one about getting help.

For more information, visit the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

California Department of Health Care Services

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