March 22, 2022

How to Help Someone With A Drug Addiction

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Substance addiction is our most serious national public health problem. Millions of Americans of all ages, genders, and socioeconomic levels, abuse drugs and/or alcohol. Many of them have families that are affected in various ways, triggering a range of reactions. Are you wondering how to help someone with a drug addiction? The credentialed professionals at Gratitude Lodge offer some guidance.

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Families with loved ones who become addicted to drugs or alcohol often become angry or confused and blame the addict for their choices. The fact is, everyone makes bad choices; some have greater consequences than others. Drug or alcohol dependence disorders are medical conditions that can be effectively treated. Millions of families just like yours have loved ones who are successfully completing a recovery program right now.

Many people addicted to drugs or alcohol are productive members of society. They maintain careers, relationships and outside pursuits. This can often create a false hope, in the victim and their family, that the problem “isn’t that bad,” or that there isn’t a problem at all. Denial is common among those who are addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Different substances have different levels of toxicity and appeal. They also vary in how much must be used before the user forms an addiction. Once a user becomes addicted, they will struggle with personal, professional, financial, and social consequences as a result. Learning more will help you with confronting your loved one about getting help with their addiction.

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HOW TO HELP SOMEONE WITH A DRUG ADDICTION

If you notice any of the signs of substance abuse or addiction, it’s time to confront your loved one about getting help. Treatment is available, and many people undergo addiction therapy each year and get sober for the long term. There is hope for your loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Here are some suggestions for what to do next.

1. DEMONSTRATE COMPASSION

Addiction is a disease and can be treated, just like any other disease. If a loved one has cancer, do you berate or shame them? Do you turn your back on them? Of course not — you run to them and offer support in every way possible. This is what your loved one suffering from addiction needs from you the most: a sense of compassion and understanding.

Often, there are external factors that likely contributed to their addiction, such as stress, mental illness, peer pressure, anxiety, or depression. Addiction can stem from coping mechanisms that were sought to provide temporary relief or a means of escape. Repeatedly seeking relief in this form led to addiction.

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2. EXPECT THE CONFRONTATION TO BE HARD

Your loved one may be reluctant to seek treatment for their addiction, even denying that an addiction exists. They may feel shame over their actions, fear of being ostracized, fear of endangering their career or relationships, a desire to avoid the social stigma associated with substance abuse, and more.

Knowledge is power. Educating yourself on addiction and available treatments can give you more tools in your toolbox to help your loved one seek help. Many resources are available from our team at Gratitude Lodge, and also online. Patiently overcoming their objections to addiction with knowledge and understanding can take time. But the alternative is allowing your loved one to destroy themselves.

3. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Self-care is necessary before you can benefit anyone else. Make sure that you are healthy, both mentally and physically. Addiction is tough on everyone, from your loved one to their loved ones and anyone else involved. Seek professional help if necessary. A counselor can provide resources to maintain your own equilibrium, so you are better equipped to help your loved one.

Continue to pursue your own family relationships, career, hobbies and pursuits that are not connected to your loved one battling substance addiction. Time away for yourself is important to recharge and keep yourself well.

4. BE PATIENT WITH THEM

It’s important that you not have unrealistic expectations about your loved one’s recovery from addiction. Recovery from substance abuse is a process, and it takes a different shape and timeframe for every victim. Begin by viewing your loved one’s recovery as an ongoing process that will have highs and lows along the way. Be patient and encouraging at every step.

Some detox and treatments require more time than others. Some are harder on the patient than others. Sometimes, various treatment protocols must be tried before the best one is discovered. Recovery is not a cut-and-dried, mathematically determined process. Dealing with people in recovery is art and science, relationship and medicine. It will take time.

DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT AT GRATITUDE LODGE

The credentialed and experienced addiction recovery professionals at Gratitude Lodge provide medically supervised detoxification and treatment for the following:

With Southern California treatment center locations in both Long Beach and Newport Beach, CA, Gratitude Lodge offers medically supervised detox, in-patient rehab, options for outpatient rehab and sober living opportunities that help those suffering from substance addictions get sober and stay sober for the long term.

Contact us today at Gratitude Lodge if you suspect your loved one is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction. We can help. Recovery begins here!

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Joe Gilmore

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Joseph Gilmore has been working in the addiction industry for half a decade and has been writing about addiction and substance abuse treatment during that time. He has experience working for facilities all across the country. Connect with Joe on LinkedIn.
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Jenni Busse MS, LPCC

Jenni Busse MS, LPSS is the Clinical Director at Gratitude Lodge. Jenni oversees the clinical program and the clinical team at Gratitude Lodge as a whole. Jenni has worked in treatment for almost 14 years. Her background as a licensed therapist and her passion for helping others intersected with addiction recovery when she started working primarily in detox residential treatment.

Drug detox can vary according to the patient’s addiction factors, including the substance abused, how long the addiction has lasted, the patient’s medical condition, if any other disorders are present, and more. Our skilled and credentialed team at Gratitude Lodge work closely with every patient going through drug detox, facilitating the beginnings of a successful recovery at our rehab addiction centers in Orange County, CA.

Drug detox can vary according to the patient’s addiction factors, including the substance abused, how long the addiction has lasted, the patient’s medical condition, if any other disorders are present, and more. Our skilled and credentialed team at Gratitude Lodge work closely with every patient going through drug detox.

Many patients don’t realize the toxicity of prolonged alcohol abuse and how it affects the body. Alcohol detox at the luxurious rehab addiction centers at Gratitude Lodge leeches your body of these toxins in preparation for successful treatment for drugs and alcohol abuse. Alcohol detox may not take as long or produce severe withdrawal symptoms, but it is still an essential beginning to your recovery.

Many patients don’t realize the toxicity of prolonged alcohol abuse and how it affects the body. Alcohol detox at the luxurious rehab addiction centers at Gratitude Lodge leeches your body of these toxins in preparation for successful treatment for drugs and alcohol abuse.

Holistic Therapy

Our holistic therapy treatments offer a full-scope approach to recovery, addressing your mind, body, and emotions as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. This therapy is designed to help address underlying issues and integrate alternative therapies to promote overall health and well-being.
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Psychotherapy

An essential part of your treatment experience, we offer individual (CBT and DBT talk therapy) and group addiction treatment counseling to help you explore and address the emotional component of addiction, providing you with the tools, self-awareness, and empowerment you need to maintain recovery.

Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis is a highly effective addiction treatment that addresses substance use and mental health disorders simultaneously. Often co-occurring, these disorders are best managed when treated together with specific and targeted therapy.
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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication-Assisted Treatment provides you with FDA-approved medications to help ease the symptoms of withdrawal while you’re in treatment. This makes the detox process easier and safer, as well as increasing the chances of a successful recovery.

Sober Living

Sober living provides a supportive and substance-free living environment for your ongoing recovery. We partner with a number of upscale and carefully vetted sober living homes that are available to our clients after inpatient alcohol and drug addiction treatment.
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Outpatient Treatment

Once detox and inpatient are complete, we provide an easy transition to outpatient care through our hand-selected partners. This program offers a more flexible approach, allowing you to ease back in to daily life while still receiving frequent & effective care.
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Inpatient
Treatment

Inpatient treatment provides an intensive and comprehensive addiction treatment program in a structured environment. You will receive 24/7 expert care, therapy, and support as you build your foundation for long-term recovery.

Drug & Alcohol Detox

A crucial first step in the recovery process, our detox program provides a comfortable, medically supervised environment that addresses the physical aspect of addiction and eliminates substances from your body.

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