Addiction is caused by the continuous use of a drug or substance which further causes damage to an individual. Addiction can also be referred to as insanity. Addiction has the power to manifest itself through the abuse of narcotics, alcohol, and even by prescribed drugs. Personal relationships, families, and friends are affected by every type of addiction, and the addict loses his job too.
In the worst case, the addict can die from an overdose. Self-help does not work in most cases and treatment becomes necessary if the addict wants to recover. Getting proper treatment is like taking a long road to recovery but it is worth it in the end if you are motivated enough to get recovered.
Direct and indirect intervention
Convincing an addict to get into treatment, requires two types of interventions. A direct intervention involves luring the addict in a setting where the family and the friends of the addict can confront him about the severe condition of his addiction. This is a planned drama but it sometimes turns to work on the addict.
Whereas an indirect intervention involves treating the entire family to curb the addiction as well as other behaviors of family members that might aggravate the condition. There is no ‘help yourself’ thing, it will always require the help of a professional doctor or a counselor.
Residential and outpatient treatment
There are a variety of sources for the treatment of addiction that can help an addict find his way to recovery. Some rehabilitation centres use residential treatment for addicts that require 24-hour supervision.
Other facilities for outpatient services and the addict can come and go as per his schedule.
Denial: an addict’s best friend
Recovery is a long and painful journey. If left untreated, addiction isolates the addict in his world leaving no ability to care about himself or his family.
The addict will need proper therapy and medication if he wants the drug abuse treatment to be effective. Denial is one of the most common traits of the typical addict. The addict must admit that he has a problem standing any chance of recovery.
Professional help is necessary
There is hope for the addict and his family if the addict’s family comes together to enlist the support of professional therapists to get the addict to surrender and agree to treatment to diligently work towards recovery. Established treatment methods exist and are available for those who need them.