Tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug abuse costs the US about $700 billion annually, according to a study conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). It’s become a national crisis that affects everyone–the rich, the poor, the young, the elderly. Still, finding out that a loved one is suffering from drug addiction can catch you off guard. Even if you’ve never dealt with this, it’s good to be prepared, to know what you can do to get someone out of the hole and back to life.
Get Help for Addiction
There are a lot of options for treatment after detox, some swifter than others: extended hospitalization, rehab, counseling, residential treatment, sober living–and several types of each to choose from.Your decision will depend on your insurance plan and how much you can allocate for program expenses. Don’t be discouraged by the money in the equation. There’s always a way.
Read all you can about addiction, about your loved one’s particular addiction. Figure out what sort of treatment could most benefit them. Then get into contact with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to figure out how to get there. There are various options: personal loans, payment plans nonprofit groups, sliding scales.
Apply Your Knowledge
Before you register a loved one into a treatment program, you should have a good list of options thoroughly considered and a long list of questions thoroughly answered. How well is the facility maintained? How are the meals? What is the pathway, the protocol, and the process of detoxification? What is the recovery success rate for patients? Check to make sure the program has been accredited by either the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, The Joint Commission, or the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, and browse the internet for testimony from ex-patients and their families. How well do they feel the treatment helped them?
Get a Helping Hand
One of the best things you can do is meet with an intervention specialist—for both determining treatment duration and convincing the addict to go. Making the decisions is tricky, and getting your loved to agree can be impossible. Different rehab programs have different durations—anywhere from 28 days to 90. Whichever duration you and your loved one choose will depend on the severity of the addiction. To get into contact with an intervention specialist, you can contact the Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS) or browse the list of intervention specialists they keep on their website.
If you’re interested in getting someone into treatment here at The Last Resort, call today: 512.575.4710.