A Miserable Disease
There are people who suffer from dependency on drugs and/or alcohol, and many people have loved ones that suffer from dependency on drugs or alcohol. Addiction is an awful, unhappy disease to live with. It is not a choice or moral failing, but a disease. It affects the body and the mind so that the addict can’t function properly without the addiction. The body has grown so dependent on the addiction that the addict will do just about anything to stay addicted. If that means ignoring the needs of their loved ones - or in some cases even harming them - they will do it to keep their addiction going.
The solution for any addict is a supervised rehab process. The process of rehabilitation, or rehab, is to help addicts come to realize their dependency, learn to recognize and keep away from triggers that make them use, and learn how to live as a recovering addict. Sometimes an intervention is necessary to show the addict that they need help immediately. If an addict can see the harm that the addiction is causing, they can realize that rehab help is necessary.
The interventionist should be someone familiar with addiction treatment and the best ways of dealing with addiction. In many cases, the interventionist is a recovering addict as well. That helps them better communicate with the addict, for they understand the challenges. An intervention is not the same as rehabilitation. It won’t stop an addict from abusing drugs and/or alcohol. But when followed immediately by rehabilitation, interventions are effective, powerful tools for getting loved ones to help.
Detox and Beyond
Many addicts are required to preface rehabilitation with a period of detox. Detox is a medically supervised procedure that guides addicts during the worst parts of withdrawal. It is possible that an addict could require certain medication or an IV for hydration and nutrition. Detox rids the body of harmful chemicals that are contributing to the addiction. Detox is very important for those who have been hooked on alcohol and opiates since withdrawal from these substances can be deadly without clinical supervision. Detox is not treatment - it’s only meant to assist an addict to safely withdraw from drugs or alcohol.
Unlike other diseases, there is not any ‘wonder cure’ for dependency. But individuals that enter qualified, accredited treatment centers tend to experience the most success in recovery. Rehab centers provide the specialized treatment necessary for each person to gain the skills to overcome dependency. The treatment plans aren’t only fact-based, but medically proven, and they can include individual and group counseling sessions, physical and recreational activities, and participation in 12-step meetings. If you want to get yourself or a loved one free from addiction, rehab is the key. If you live in Philadelphia, you can get information about local rehab facilities by calling 916-249-2665.