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Signs You Might Be Ready for Drug Treatment

For anyone who has struggled with drug addiction, the road has been undoubtedly long and difficult. In addition to the life experiences that led to the addiction; most commonly trauma and abuse (verbal, mental, emotional, physical or sexual). The addiction also affects friends and loved ones; can compromise school work or jobs; and the inevitable mental, emotional and physical side effects of the disease.

These negative consequences of addiction further compound personal feelings of guilt, shame and self-loathing, driving a person deeper into his or her addiction. Indeed, the addiction acts as a dysfunctional coping mechanism – often the only reliable source of comfort and distraction from feelings and circumstances for which the person does not feel sufficiently equipped to deal.


You Can’t Talk Your Way Out of a Situation You Behaved Your Way Into

At some point, most people have tried to kick their addiction on their own, claiming their willpower is enough. When these efforts come up short and they relapse, whatever fragile self esteem may have existed feels obliterated. Often, a person jumps head first into his or her addiction. They have a renewed fervour to fall as deeply as possible into the addiction abyss in order to never face the feared reality that he or she is fundamentally flawed at the core. They think that no amount of help will ever mend the dysfunction.

To the people in this person’s life, this process may look like the person was doing better, only to go off the deep end again. This leaves the loved ones baffled and frustrated, not knowing what to do next, and fearing the worst is just around the corner. It is at this point that inpatient treatment may be the person’s best option.

Know the Signs of Drug Abuse and Addiction

Most people see residential treatment as a last resort, they want to be sure that they fit the criteria necessary for admittance. If you or someone you know can say yes to the majority of these things, residential drug treatment may be the next step for him or her:

  • They use a substance in larger amounts and for longer periods than originally intended.
  • The abused substance has contributed to negative effects on the person’s relationships, school or job performance.
  • The person cannot get through the day without using the substance.
  • The person needs the substance to feel “normal”.
  • Attempts to quit using have failed.
  • During attempts to quit, a person has experienced physical symptoms of withdrawal, such as headaches, heart palpitations, nausea, irritability, heightened depression and anxiety.
  • A person continues to use the substance despite the negative effects.
  • A feeling that the addiction is more powerful than the person’s desire to get well.

If this sounds like you, then residential/inpatient treatment can help. There are many resources available in every state and city and at various price points. The majority of drug treatment centers accept insurance and have knowledgeable staff to guide you through the process, often completing much of the work for you.

Reach Out for Help, Find Out About Treatment

Treatment centers that specialize in specific populations can be found throughout the country. They include faith-based treatment, gender-specific treatment, and treatment for pregnant women or single moms with small children. Treatment center staff will also collaborate with any outpatient clinicians to ensure continuity of care and to set up the client for long-term success upon discharge.

Additionally, treatment center programs include a step-down process by which a person slowly integrates “everyday” activities into his or her life, while still being fully supported by staff. This process serves to build the client’s personal confidence in his or her ability to put the skills learned into practice.

Continual support must be a constant presence in the person’s life. Ongoing therapy and support groups are recommended upon their discharge to make their transition better. This is essential for long-term success.

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