How Do You Get Someone to Rehab?

We understand the difficulty of this task and why families often struggle with getting a loved one to rehab. But it can be done and is done daily by families across the country. If you prepare properly before you try to get your loved one into rehab, the process can go much more smoothly and successfully with less wear and tear on everyone involved. Here’s how you can set the stage for a successful transition from addiction to rehab. 1. Start by researching and choosing the right rehab program. If the person has relapsed after going to the same kind…

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How to Get an Addict to Seek Help

The family members of an addicted person often watch in horror as everything valuable to the addict is lost. Relationships are destroyed as the addicted person steals and lies repeatedly. It’s common for a spouse to leave and take children away for their protection. But this doesn’t mean that the family just sat idly by while all this destruction took place. In most cases, they have made repeated appeals to the addicted person to please quit using drugs or drinking. When it became obvious that the problem was not going to go away, they usually began to look for a…

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The Difficulties in Finding Substance Abuse Treatment

The latest estimates hold that there are roughly 20 million people across the United States whose drinking or drug use is serious enough that they meet the criteria for having a substance abuse disorder. These people, men and women from all social strata and all walks of life, share one thing in common: Their struggles with substance abuse are out of control and they are losing a battle with addiction. Of these, around 1 in 10, or 2 million people, make it into treatment for their addiction in a given year. 

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Goals for Getting Help Over New Years for Drug Addiction

New Year’s Day is right around the corner, and millions of Americans will be setting goals for themselves to pursue in 2015. What will your New Year’s resolutions be this year? To lose weight? Make more money? Improve your relationships? Travel more? Quit drugs and alcohol? This last one may not be the most common, but it is certainly one that many people from all walks of life will be making.

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Finding Rehab During the Holiday Season

Each year as the holidays approach, families may postpone their efforts to get a loved one to rehab. It may be that that families are so desperate to see a loved one who was lost to addiction that they don’t even want to think about sending him (or her) away. After all, it may be the only time they see this person this year. Moms and dads may want to have just a few moments of family togetherness with this person they’re worrying about night and day. This feeling is completely understandable.  Of course they want to have a nice…

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A Comment on the Narconon Sauna Detoxification Program

In the field of addiction treatment, what is usually meant when you say “detox” is a medically supervised period of coming off the drugs a person was using. When a person is coming off heavy levels of drinking, close medical care and support are needed to prevent injury during withdrawal. Some other drugs, like benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium and others) may cause dangerous symptoms during withdrawal that also require close support. At the end of detox, a person is sober. He will not be prepared to deal with all the challenges of life on his own, he is just free from…

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The Surgeon General Speaks Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction

The weekend of November 15-16, 2014, the U.S. Surgeon General was speaking at the American Public Health Association meeting in New Orleans. He had plenty to say about the use of drugs and excess use of alcohol. He told his audience, “Without healthy people we are nothing. Without a healthy people, we have no future.” He also reminded the crowd that the World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” There are many paths to being healthy according to this definition. One of…

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Is Addiction a “Moral Failing?”

Across the broad field of addiction recovery, there are many opinions about what addiction really is. Does it really make much difference which definition is correct? It does. Different forms of treatment are based on these differing concepts and definitions of addiction. If the underlying definition of addiction is erroneous, then the treatment based on that definition may miss the mark. For a moment, let’s look at the disease concept of addiction. This concept assumes that it is a physical illness similar to diabetes or heart disease, the diseases most commonly used for comparison. So if addiction is defined as…

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Choosing Among the Many Alternatives for Addiction Recovery

When a family seeks a recovery program for a loved one, the variety of treatment programs they face will probably be baffling to them. Should they find a methadone program or one that provides buprenorphine? An in-patient program or out-patient? Group counseling or individual counseling? The first time a family wades into all these choices, it is normally quite confusing. Unless someone in the family has been through rehab or has worked in this field, the family may just choose the program that’s the most affordable or the easiest to get into right away. It can happen that a person…

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Does Your Drug Rehab Program Focus on Life Skills?

There are all kinds of drug rehab programs in the world. Some have widespread popularity and others are isolated to just a few rehab centers. Like wilderness programs. You can find this type of rehab program with fair ease, but they are not widespread. Equine programs – ones that incorporate care and riding of horses – are a little more common. Some programs don’t focus on this modality of treatment but might include some involvement with horses.

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