Recovery from Drug Abuse and Addiction

Recovery from Drug Abuse and Addiction Columbus, OH (614) 448-2233

Recovery from drug abuse may seem impossible for some. In severe cases of abuse, the controlling effects that substances like heroin, cocaine, and even alcohol, can have on the human body and psychological state of mind are disturbing. Family members of drug addicts can all relate to the feeling that they've "lost" their loved one. The habits and the behaviors that come along with addiction are hard to observe in someone that you love. Being lied to and having things stolen from you is a painful experience, especially when you're trying to help.

Family Roles and Addiction

The key to successful treatment and recovery from drug addictions is support and supervision. Even an addict with the desire to put drug dependence behind him, cannot be expected to cope with withdrawal symptoms without oversight. Unfortunately, the irrational and sometimes aggressive behavior that can be attributed to drug abuse and intoxication can easily push friends and loved ones away permanently. This is the "double edged sword" that drug addicts struggle with. They need help and support to quit, but their addiction makes them repulsive or intolerable to the people in their lives. This is why family members are not always the best candidates to support a recovering addict. The roles and responsibilities in family relationships can create a communication barrier, preventing the proper counsel and direction from getting through to the addict. Imagine the challenges a 14 year old boy would face, trying to convince his father not to drink anymore alcohol; or a wife who can't control her husband's aggressive behavior while he's intoxicated. These emotionally challenging scenarios reveal the importance of Intervention.

Rehabilitation and Recovery

Addiction rehabilitation centers provide the medical attention and motivation that a recovering addict will need to survive and persevere. An addict may have spent months or years developing negative hygienic and social habits. Habits that isolate the addict from the circles he or she used to be involved in. Treatment and rehabilitation centers will help an addict become more aware of these habits, and develop a routine that will help him or her to eradicate them all together.

Even an addict that has stopped using for 10 years has the potential to relapse. This is why substance abuse treatment programs involve weekly or monthly update sessions where a health care professional will follow up with a recovering addict to make sure they are still on a sober path. These sessions also focus on restoring professional relationships, creating relationships, and building self-confidence so a recovering addict can reclaim control of their actions.

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