Naturally, if you discover that a loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder, a lot of questions come to mind. How did this happen? Did I play a part? What can I do to help?
Addiction has two outcomes: seek help and learn to live a life in recovery, or ignore it and witness the disease quickly or slowly take one’s life. It goes without saying that the former decision is ideal. In the 21st century there are countless options available for treating the disease of addiction. While substance use disorders appear uniform on the surface, the reality is that every addicted individual is different and some treatment programs that work well for one patient may not meet the needs of another. There are also some basic requirements that you should look for when choosing the a treatment facility or program.
The National Institute On Drug Abuse (NIDA) has created a guide to help you narrow down your search for a treatment facility. You should ask yourself:
- Does the program use treatments backed by scientific evidence?
- Does the program tailor treatment to the needs of each patient?
- Does the program adapt treatment as the patient’s needs change?
- Is the duration of treatment sufficient?
- How do 12-step or similar recovery programs fit into drug addiction treatment?
When looking for treatment options, most people will turn to the internet. There, you will find thousands of websites for treatment centers located around the world. At Family Recovery Specialists, we work with families members who often feel overwhelmed when they search for programs on the internet. We are experienced therapeutic consultants and can help you find the right program for your loved one. We work with you to identify treatment facilities that actually follow through with on what their website promises. We travel regularly to visit and evaluate programs so we can understand their strengths and know what types of clients they may work best with. In some cases, we even know the best therapist within a program to work with a particular individual or issue. Finding the right program requires professional experience and expertise and significantly increases the chances of a successful outcome.
Programs offer a variety of different services and clients all have different needs therefore it is crucial to effectively match clients to programs and services. Our professionals do not believe that a family must wait for the addicted individual to “hit bottom” before they can be helped. In fact, it is our philosophy that we can “raise the bottom” for these individuals and compassionately encourage and motivate them to seek treatment through the process of an addiction intervention.
The intervention process can only begin once the family has decided they are no longer willing to live in the face of active addiction. Family Recovery Specialists can help the family prepare for an intervention in a manner that is caring and compassionate, allowing the addicted individual to maintain their dignity, while increasing their willingness to accept help. We will guide you through the process of intervention and help you secure the best possible treatment for your loved one. We meet you where you are and help you to start the process of recovery for your entire family.
If any member of your family (adult, young adult or adolescent) is struggling with drugs or alcohol, please do not hesitate to reach out for help.