Addiction Advice For Those Planning to Go to a Treatment Centre
Addiction is a progressive illness that takes over the entire life of both the sufferer and also has the capacity to delude their closest loved ones.
It can seem overwhelming to deal with and getting the right addiction advice can make the ensuing difficult steps much easier.
Often, once we're contacted for advice on addiction and the recovery process, we can educate people and their families alleviating much of the anxiety associated with this difficult time.
Making it easier to handle and far less daunting is out task.
Using an addictions counsellor for addiction advice lets us do what we do best and allows the family and friends close to the addicted person, and more importantly the patient, to focus their attention and energy on their recovery.
The following six points offer some great addiction advice and will help give a greater understanding of what to expect from an addictions treatment centre or alcohol rehab and the entire recovery process.
Commitment from the Individual It may seem obvious, but as addiction is such a stigmatised condition that draws everyone in emotionally and everyone seems to have such strong opinions on, I'll say it anyway.
When seeking addictions advice please ensure that you get advice from qualified and well experienced addictions professionals.
The most common misperception about addictions and their effective rehabilitation is that the patient must be entirely ready for and committed to treatment for rehab to be effective.
The stark reality is that by its very nature addiction makes the patient, and often their loved ones a little too, deluded in this one specific area.
So family may function well and be rational in all area's but when it comes to their loved ones addiction they just can't define the best way forward, hence the need for sound addictions advice.
The best addictions advice will probably come from those working in the field of addictions treatment.
These professional addictions counsellors, doctors, nurses, psychologists and psychiatrists have the necessary training and experience to identify the nuances of specific addiction problems.
Not all people are similar and different addictions, whether to alcohol, gambling, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, all have specific problems that may arise with resulting specific needs for each individual.
All quality addictions treatment centres will insist on an assessment prior to admission.
The initial screening interview is done to assess eligibility (can you afford them) and appropriateness (whether the clinic is the best one to meet your needs).
Some patients may be psychotic as a result of drug taking or possibly from some organic function and may need to be more accurately assessed and stabilised at a psychiatric unit prior to admission at an addictions treatment centre for their rehab.
Hopefully at that stage they would be entirely detoxified and some of the work will have been achieved when they're admitted, although some drugs, like benzodiazepines can have PAWS (post acute withdrawals) associated with the detoxification and these protracted withdrawals can result in detox lasting up to 12 weeks.
Other patients may have a propensity toward violence and be at a risk of harm to those around them and would generally not be accepted at an addictions rehab centre until they were at minimal risk to those around them.
Again a psychiatric setting would be more appropriate until they're stable and willing to engage in non-violent communication.
Some patients may be at risk of harm to themselves either through attempts at suicide or self harming.
Seeking advice from a qualified and experienced professional addictions counsellor would result in each individual case being assessed and a comprehensive treatment plan drawn up as a result of these assessments.
You may now be beginning to get a feel for how important it is to seek addictions advice from a qualified professional as there are a multitude of different paths that can result from the initial screening assessment.
Quality addictions advice would help you to determine whether: A)You're addicted or abusing drugs and therefore whether out or in-patients treatment would be better suited to your needs.
B)You're entirely suited to that clinic and they're best placed to meet your needs.
This is where a qualified addictions advisor adds value by in placing addicted people in the most appropriate addictions treatment centre for each individual persons needs.
However it's important to remember that any addictions advice given during a screening assessment is also a two way street, and needs to consider that perhaps you don't like the look and feel of the place, the way they treated you or even perhaps someone that you know from active addiction is already on the programme? If there's someone already on the addictions treatment programme that you have an active addictions association with it can make hamper treatment for both of you, decreasing the chances of success.
Having someone that you used to party with, drink and use drugs with will make the necessary transition to recovery behaviours more problematic.
Quality addictions treatment centres will look to stagger these admissions where necessary and possible.
So in summary, what is the main advice for someone going to an addiction treatment centre? Get an assessment by an addictions expert to ensure you have selected the best form of treatment and that the treatment centre is the most appropriate for your needs.
How do you know who to turn to for advice? Ensure any advice is from a qualified addictions expert who has a track record of helping people, and for an independent opinion use someone who is able to refer to many different addiction treatment programmes.