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Making Tough Choices | How to Select an Effective Rehab Center

There are many options when it comes to rehabilitation programs and facilities – finding the right one for you or a loved one can be difficult and overwhelming

Recovery from addiction is one of the most difficult things a person can ever go through. To be certain, the hardest step in overcoming addiction is the very first one – understanding and acknowledging that there is a problem with drugs and alcohol and that help is needed. However, not everything that follows is smooth sailing. From repairing the physical damage caused by long-term substance abuse to uncovering and addressing the underlying causes of addictive behaviors, to learning how to build healthy and functioning relationships and dealing with reemerging emotions, the path to recovery has plenty of obstacles to overcome.

Before we even get to any of that, there is a very important decision to be made – researching and selecting an effective treatment program at a professional rehabilitation center. This decision can have a profound impact on the success of the individual that is struggling with addiction. It is vital that we have an understanding of exactly what is offered and how it will benefit their recovery.

There are so many options in treatment available to a person that deciding on a treatment center can be overwhelming. Every person is different, and will respond differently to any particular method of treatment. Without knowing what to look for or which questions to ask, it is entirely possible that a person may end up selecting a program or treatment center that isn’t going to fit their needs.



This is part of the reason why the treatment program at Best Drug Rehabilitation was developed. We realized that different people would find different methods of rehabilitation to be more beneficial to them. So, rather than put each individual through the same “cookie-cutter” program, we decided to give them a choice in treatment. We offer a variety of options that allow each patient to decide which path to recovery they will travel. “I think the main reason that we’re better is because of the program options that we have,” says Casey, one of the Case Managers at BDR. “There’s three main ones that you can choose, and then we have a bunch of different Tracks and 12-Steps that you can do, from traditional to Native American and Buddhist.”

Another problem that many people have in different rehabilitation programs is that they are rushed through the program in order to fit into a certain timeframe. At Best Drug Rehabilitation, we base our patients’ progress through their individualized programs on results rather than expecting them to fit into any 30-, 60-, or 90-day period. Some will work at a faster pace, while others will need more time to get through the process. This also gives the patient an opportunity to explore all of our treatment options to find the best one for their individual needs. “I finished SMART Recovery last week, and decided to take another program,” says Jeremy, a patient at BDR. “That’s great, because I felt I wasn’t ready and they’re not going to be like ‘Well, ok, time to go’. They do care.”

Jeremy has had a history of addiction, recovery, and relapse. Having been through a couple of different rehab centers, and in and out of recovery since he was 18, he has a unique insight into what works in a treatment facility. For him, aside from the various options that we offer and the freedom to take as much time as he needs to work through his program, one of the most important characteristics of our rehabilitation facility is the compassion that our staff shows for our patients. “I feel like a rehab really needs a caring honest staff,” he observes. “Staff who knows or has dealt with it firsthand is always better.”

Many of our staff members have been through the recovery process themselves, or have witnessed a loved on in their struggle with addiction. Having that firsthand experience with addiction and recovery means that our staff has a deeper understanding of exactly what our patients are going through, and allows them to be able to connect with each patient on a more personal level. From counselors and case managers to group facilitators and even our kitchen staff, each member of the Best Drug Rehabilitation family has made a personal investment in the success of every patient that comes to us seeking help in overcoming addiction.

Sifting through the many different options in treatment programs and recovery centers can seem like a daunting task, and many are overwhelmed by the idea of it. This can lead to poor decisions being made, as some may just think to themselves “Any program is better than no program at all”. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, if the program doesn’t fit the needs of the individual, they might believe that it is their fault – that they failed rather then the program failed them. This could lead down a path of self-doubt, where many may think that rehabilitation simply won’t work for them.

This is a dangerous way of thinking that could end up being deadly in the end. That is why it is so important to make sure that the program or facility that you choose offers what you or your loved one really needs – a path to recovery from addiction that can address the individual needs of any individual that needs help overcoming addiction. At Best Drug Rehabilitation, we believe that we have found a better way to recovery. Our unique program is designed to be adaptable to the needs of any individual, regardless of age, gender, race, or personal spiritual beliefs. Our patients find a path to a happier and more positive lifestyle that works best for them.

A Day At The Beach – Best Drug Rehabilitation Celebrates Memorial Day

Taking a welcomed break from the often-difficult recovery process, BDR patients and staff observed Memorial Day on the shores of Lake Michigan

Addiction is a tough road to travel, and overcoming it is no picnic either. While it is ultimately worth all of the effort and difficulty, recovery is not an easy task. It is stressful, and there are plenty of obstacles to surpass. From going through withdrawal and repairing the physical damage caused by long-term substance abuse, to uncovering and addressing the underlying causes of a person’s addictive behaviors, to learning how to handle reemerging emotions, numbed by months or years of drug or alcohol abuse, in a positive and productive manner, every part of the rehabilitation process has something to deal with.

While our patients’ progress through their treatment program is of the highest priority at Best Drug Rehabilitation, we also understand the benefit of taking some time to step away from the recovery process to relax, unwind, and blow off some steam. Often, especially when facing a particularly tough part of the program, focusing on something else for a while can allow the patient to return to their program feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, and better able to work through whatever might be causing them difficulty.

We offer our patients many opportunities to do this throughout their stay at our treatment center. There is some amount of free time available to them each day to socialize or to reflect on their recovery. There are also community outreach events that they have the option of participating in, such as charity fundraising 5K walks or volunteering at the local animal shelter in Manistee, MI, where our facility is located. Additionally, during the observance of certain major holidays, we will often plan special functions or outings for our patients.

This past Memorial Day, that national holiday where we honor those fallen soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country’s freedom, many of our patients and staff members headed to the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan for a day of fun, food, and fellowship in the sand. We could think of no better way to honor those brave men and women who gave their lives for our freedom than to enjoy that freedom to its fullest.

That isn’t the only freedom that our patients were celebrating. They were celebrating the freedom that they discovered in the rooms and hallways of our recovery center – freedom from the addiction that led them to our doors. They were celebrating their newfound ability to enjoy the things that the world has to offer them, and to handle the stress of daily life in a positive and productive manner. They were celebrating the optimism and hope that they now have for their future.

The weather was beautiful, as the last days of the often-chilly Michigan Springtime began to give way to the warmer days of summer. Not wanting to waste the opportunity, we fired up the grill for a feast of the traditional American cookout fare, complete with hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and everything else one would expect to find at a lakeside picnic on Memorial Day. Playing volleyball, walking in the surf, or simply enjoying the feeling of bright, warm sunshine on their skin, the patients and staff were all smiles. On a day where many of them would have been reveling in their intoxication a year ago, they discovered that it is more enjoyable and fulfilling to experience life for what it is, without that foggy haze of drugs and alcohol dimming their memories.

On the surface, this fun day at the beach may seem like just a quick break from the recovery program to let loose and clear the head, but the patients are also learning a less obvious lesson that will help in their continued sobriety after they graduate from our treatment center. “I think it’s a really good thing to not have drugs or alcohol clouding up your mind when you go out on a day like today, and have fun and enjoy the holidays,” explains Jamie Rossi, the Director of Training at BDR. “Everybody’s not drinking and people aren’t using drugs – they see that ‘Hey, we can have fun. We can enjoy life. This is what life really is.’”

Yet another added benefit to day trips like the Memorial Day cookout at Lake Michigan is the personal interaction that our patients have with each other. They have grown close during their time at our recovery center, and have gained an incredible amount of strength and support from each other. Taking a day to enjoy life, and to enjoy the company of others, strengthens the bonds of friendship that are still being formed. That connection with others helps our patients to learn how to form healthy and functioning relationships, and to repair the damage that their substance abuse may have caused to other relationships in their lives.

At Best Drug Rehabilitation, we aren’t just offering our patients a way to get clean and sober. We provide a thorough and effective recovery strategy that brings about a complete lifestyle transformation that will help them to stay clean and sober in the long term. With the various options that we offer in treatment method, the wide array of supplemental groups and life skills courses, and the opportunity to discover practical applications of the concepts and ideas learned through the recovery process, our patients are able to find the path to overcoming addiction that will work best for their individual needs. They gain a sense of self-confidence in their recovery, and an understanding of the level of personal responsibility that they hold in their sobriety. They find an inner peace and serenity, and the strength within to work towards a brighter future full of hope and promise, free from the bonds of addiction.

How to Identify the Signs of a Possible Relapse

Graduation from the Best Drug Rehabilitation program is only the first part of a lifelong path to recovery from addiction

The simple truth about rehabilitation is that it is not a “cure” or a “fix” for addiction. Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process. It is a journey, not a destination. Rehabilitation is just one chapter in the story of life, but recovery is the rest of that story. Successful recovery from addiction requires daily work and effort. The obstacles will always pop up, and the stress of daily life will always be present. Rehabilitation is a way to learn how to handle those stresses and face those obstacles without resorting to using drugs or alcohol.

For many people who are on the path to recovery from addiction, relapse is an inevitable occurrence. This is not true for everybody, but it is certainly true in plenty of cases. One thing that we must remember is that relapse is not a failure. It isn’t the end of recovery. Albert Einstein once said, “You never fail until you stop trying.” This is especially true in cases of relapse. Rather than looking at relapse as an unsuccessful attempt at sobriety, it must be looked at as an opportunity to get it right the next time.

While relapse might seem inevitable for some, many may be able to avoid the issue entirely by knowing the signs of a possible relapse and being able to identify the potential for backsliding into the old habits and addictive behaviors. Recognizing these indicators might mean the difference between relapse and continued sobriety. They include behavioral changes, certain painful or traumatic events that are tough to process emotionally, and even the perception of others, imagined or not – all of these are things that can push a person over the edge and back into their old habits.

“Some of the signs that would show a person is going into relapse would be getting overtired, trying to do things on their own, and not being with other recovering people,” explains Julie, a counselor at Best Drug Rehabilitation. “Normally, a relapse starts a few weeks before they pick up anything. They go off in seven directions at once trying to clean up everything that they’ve done, and they can’t. That’s just impossible to do, it’s overwhelming.” A person who is fighting their compulsive behaviors and the urge to use must remember that the coping skills they are accustomed to, drinking or using drugs, were part of the symptoms of their inability to handle the various obstacles and stresses of daily life. Taking on too much at once is a way to self-inflict even more stress. One solution to this is to try to live life one day at a time, working on each individual problem as it comes rather than trying to solve every problem all at once.

Sometimes, the obstacles and stresses that a person in recovery comes up against are much more difficult than what daily life hands them. Things happen, and sometimes those things are extremely painful or shocking. “My grandmother died when I was 4 months sober,” says Vanessa G., a patient at Best Drug Rehabilitation who has been in several different treatment centers. The pain she felt at losing a loved one was a factor that contributed to her eventual relapse. “I had to go home, and I just wasn’t ready at that time,” Vanessa continues. “Then I had another encounter with health, and then what I did was I started lying about little things, like calling my sponsor, working my program. So, basically my relapse started with a lie.” She wasn’t ready to deal with a tough situation like the passing of her grandmother, and she went back to the only way she really knew how to cope with such a painful experience – using drugs.

With all of the different things that a person can look for when they are concerned that a loved one may be heading towards relapse after graduating from a rehabilitation program, there is one major factor that they might be overlooking – the effects that their actions, behaviors, and attitudes may be having on that person.

Sometimes, particularly in cases where the individual’s choices and behaviors became dishonest as a result of their substance abuse, it can be hard for those around them to trust them again. Rebuilding a relationship takes time, and it trust is not given but earned. Even so, it is vitally important to the recovery of a loved one that the people around them remain supportive and positive. Overcoming addiction is difficult enough for someone to go through without the people that they care about treating them with constant distrust.

While trust takes time to rebuild, if they feel like everything they do is under scrutiny, it may make them feel defeated. “I frequently hear that,” Counselor Julie points out. “You know, ‘They are accusing me of doing things that I’m not doing, so why don’t I just go do it?’” When the people that they care about treat everything that they do with suspicion, even if it is out or concern, it might be enough to push them over the edge and into relapse.

Of course, the choices that they make are their own, and their continued sobriety is their responsibility. However, positive reinforcement is much more effective than negative mistrust when it comes to helping a loved one who is battling their addictive behaviors. This is one of the reasons that we offer an extensive Aftercare Department to our patients at Best Drug Rehabilitation. We remain committed to the success of our patients even after graduation, and do all we can to help them and their families transition to a healthier and more positive lifestyle.

Art in Recovery – Positive Methods of Self-Expression

In our Art Therapy group, patients discover a healthy and constructive way to handle negative emotions and stress without needing to use drugs or alcohol


The substance abuse treatment program at Best Drug Rehabilitation is much more than just a way for our patients to get clean and sober. Though some may not quite grasp it, overcoming addiction is not just about dealing with the symptoms of drug or alcohol dependency. True recovery is realized when the underlying causes of a person’s addictive behaviors are uncovered and addressed, and when they are able to discover the tools and skills needed to remain clean and sober after graduation.

One of the root causes of addiction for many of the patients we see at our recovery center is the desire to numb themselves of negative emotions or the stresses of daily life. They have either forgotten how to express those emotions or handle those stresses in a healthy, constructive, and positive manner, or they never really learned how. As a result, they resorted to using drugs or alcohol to “escape”, and they found themselves locked in a much darker prison with much stronger chains.

Learning how to deal with negative emotions is vital to the success of our patients. It becomes even more important as those emotions begin to reemerge after months or years of being suppressed by substance abuse. If they don’t learn effective methods of dealing with those feelings, chances are high that they will fall back into their old coping methods, and addiction will once more take control over their lives.


The recovery strategy at Best Drug Rehabilitation is designed to help our patients find those skills that will help them to remain substance-free when they graduate and return to their daily lives. We offer a wide variety of extracurricular groups and courses that build on the foundation provided by their core program selection. These supplementary groups focus on finding real-life practical applications of the concepts and principles discovered in the core program of the patient’s choosing.

One of the more popular supplementary programs that we offer to our patients is our Art Therapy group. This group concentrates on using visual art to express feelings and emotions and to manage stress in a healthy and constructive manner. The Art Therapy group is an effective program option for anybody regardless of how accomplished he or she may be as an artist. “They have a tendency to say ‘Oh, I’m not good at drawing’,” explains Sue Miller, the facilitator for the Art group at BDR. “I stress that this is not an Art Class. The purpose is to identify feelings, talk about coping skills, so it’s another way for them to express themselves.”

Art Therapy 

Aside from healthy self-expression of negative emotion, the Art Therapy group can also be a great way for our patients to learn how to repair relationships that may have been damaged through their substance abuse. As they work closely with each other, they begin to trust others again, and to trust themselves to work towards a common goal in a team atmosphere. “We’ve done a lot of teamwork building,” Sue says. “You’ll see the big mural on the wall, where they have to come together to complete it.” The ability to form and maintain healthy and functioning relationships also helps tremendously in forming the strong support network that will serve the patient in remaining clean and sober after graduation from our recovery center.

The Art program can be a way for some patients to rediscover an old passion that they once held. As addiction begins to take control over a person’s life, things that were once important to them are forgotten or left behind. Art, music, sports, writing, even friends and family all take a back seat to the desire to get high or drunk. Art Therapy can offer some patients a way to reconnect with something that was once incredibly important to their lives. “I kind of put art aside to do the things that I shouldn’t have been doing,” admits Vanessa M., a very talented artist that found her life being affected by her substance abuse. She was very excited to hear that Best Drug Rehabilitation had an Art Therapy program option, and even bought a new drawing tablet before she came to our recovery center. In a way, it was symbolic of her desire to start over with a fresh, clean slate. “It’s actually really relieving. Anytime I get upset or have a craving, I tend to pick up a pencil and draw. I think it’s cool to finally find me, without a substance.”

The Art Therapy group, along with the other supplemental programs that we offer, such as Music Exploration, Yoga and Meditation, and Beginners Martial Arts among others, give our patients an opportunity to discover what will help them most in recovery from addiction. They are able to find the things that they can turn to in order to handle negative emotions and stress so that they don’t have to resort to drugs or alcohol. Our patients are able to find the path to overcoming addiction that will be most effective for them. They discover a sense of confidence in themselves and their sobriety, and a renewed hope for a healthier and brighter future.

How to Get Off of Drugs

To find true recovery from addiction, we must break down the barriers that keep people from seeking help in in their struggle.

Getting Past the Fear 

For many people that are having a problem with drugs or alcohol, overcoming that addiction can be the most difficult thing they will ever go through in their lifetime. First, there is the need to understand and admit that they have an addiction, and that they need help. Then, they must dig deep to uncover and address the underlying causes of that addiction. There is also learning how to resist the urges and avoiding any triggers of relapse in their continued long-term sobriety. Without a doubt, the path to recovery from addiction has many obstacles that must be overcome.

 One of the first, and biggest, obstacles to get past is fear. For some, it could be a fear of change, because they are used to the way things have been for so long and are unsure of how to go about living life without using drugs or drinking. Others, particularly those who are in the public eye or hold positions of responsibility, might be afraid of a stigma that could affect their image, even though recovery from addiction is nothing to be ashamed of. Yet, many more people deal with a different kind of fear when it comes to getting clean and sober – fear of withdrawal symptoms.

To be certain, withdrawal can be extremely frightening. When a person is so reliant on certain substances to be in their system at all times, to the point where they are physically dependent, withdrawal symptoms are almost always a major factor in continuing on the deadly path of addiction. These symptoms, depending on the substance and amount used and the length of addiction, can vary from mild discomfort and sleeplessness to severe pain and nausea. In the most extreme of cases, withdrawal can potentially be life threatening.

Seeking Help

“For me, I couldn’t handle withdrawals”, says Cary H., one of the patients here at Best Drug Rehabilitation. “If you are withdrawing, don’t try to do it alone. Come to a facility where they can help you out.” One of the most helpful things that we can offer our patients is our Medically Supervised Detox Clinic. This is where our nursing staff and certified withdrawal technicians can assist the patient through even the most uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. While the effects of withdrawal can never be avoided completely, the caring and compassionate staff in our Detox Clinic does everything that they can to help ease any discomfort.

Bianca is a Behavioral Interventionist at Best Drug Rehabilitation. She has seen many different patients through her work at our recovery center, each with their own struggles and their own concerns. “I know a lot of people will try on their own,” she observes. “There’s different aspects of recovery. There’s the mental aspect, the physical, and the spiritual aspect. If you take away one and you don’t nurture the others it’s not very successful. From my perspective, I think you have to have a healthy balance of all three. The best way to nurture those three aspects is to have the help of a facility with well trained staff.”

Finding a Program that Works for You

Another factor that can make many people who are struggling with addiction afraid to seek help is the fear of failure. A lot of the patients that we see at our treatment center have been through other recovery programs or facilities before coming to us. They often feel like nothing is ever going to help, and that they will always be stuck in the vicious cycle of addiction.

“Rehab centers that I’ve been to have all been 12-Step programs,” Cary says. “As far as BDR, they have different programs, like SMART Recovery and ACC.” In developing our recovery program, we found that there is more than one effective method to overcoming addiction. Every patient that we see is a unique individual, and each one will respond differently to any particular method of treatment.

Our program is designed to be adaptable to the needs of any individual who comes to us seeking help in overcoming addiction. “They don’t just offer a ‘cookie-cutter’ approach, where every client does the same exact thing,” Bianca explains. “They have AA/NA, they have Native American, they have ACC, which is Applied Communications Course, they have SMART Recovery. So there’s a variety.”

Additionally, we do not force our patients through their personalized program to conform to any 30-, 60-, or 90- day timeframe. They are able to work through the process at their own pace, taking as much time as they need to explore all of the options that we offer in order to find a treatment method that will work best for them.

“ACC has taught me how to be comfortable with myself,” Cary continues, “and confront situations that I’ve ran from my entire life. Instead of running from my problems, they’ve taught me how to confront them – deal with it instead of using drugs to cover it up.” With the ability to explore different avenues of rehabilitation, Cary was able to find a treatment method that will be most effective and beneficial for his situation and his needs.

At Best Drug Rehabilitation, we believe that we have found a better way to help people get clean and sober. More than that, we believe that we provide the most thorough and effective way for them to discover the tools that will work best for them in maintaining long-term sobriety after they graduate from our treatment center. They find a sense of hope and optimism for a brighter future in recovery.

Inpatient Drug Treatment

What You Can Expect From an Inpatient Drug Treatment Program

The best type of drug rehabilitation program is one that uses unique treatment methods for addiction and teaches patients how to take full responsibility for their actions. This type of treatment is centered on the idea that the actions that lead to substance abuse and addiction are learned behaviors that can be changed with the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This treatment method helps to resolve spiritual, emotional and physical issues that patients who struggle with addiction tend to have. In order to get the best results from this therapy program, it is best for patients to seek inpatient treatment. Choosing inpatient treatment will give patients the opportunity to learn essential recovery skills.

We feel that patients should be able to choose their own recovery method. In order to help make this possible, we provide structured treatment methods that can be fine-tuned to fit a patient’s specific requirements and needs. Every aspect of the program is intended to help patients reach their own specific goals. Read on to learn more about the main aspects of our treatment program.

Individual Treatment

With an individual treatment plan, the patient will work one-on-one with their main counselor. This will guarantee that all of their particular needs are met throughout their treatment process. Once the patient creates a set of goals that they would like to achieve, the counselor helps them to choose the most beneficial programs for them to take part in.

Counseling for Groups and Individuals

Individual counseling sessions give patients an intimate setting in which to resolve the issues that cause their addictive behaviors. Group counseling allows patients to discuss shared issues with a group of peers who are also going through similar treatment programs. These group sessions tend to focus on resolving the negative thought patterns, behavior problems and emotional trauma that caused their addiction. Once the patient has completed the inpatient program, their counselor can help them to create a plan to receive on-going counseling sessions.

Educational Lectures

Lectures are an important aspect of addiction treatment because it teaches patients about the effects that certain substances have on their bodies. Lectures also include information on how to develop basic skills for living a sober life and being a productive member of society. Important skills like stress management are essential things that patients need to learn in order to maintain their sobriety. The resources and information that patients receive in these lectures will prove to be quite valuable after they complete the program. Below are the groups and lectures that patients will be able to take part in:

  • Basic Overview of 12-Step Programs

In these lectures, patients will learn about 12-step programs like NA and AA. Instructors will discuss the basic elements involved in these programs along with a brief history. These support programs offer on-going support to recovering addicts and greatly reduce the likelihood of relapse.

  • Moral Reconation and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

This type of therapy is intended to help patients create a healthy self-image and develop a positive mindset. These skills will greatly increase patients’ level of cognitive reasoning. They will also be able to uncover additional talents that they can use to improve their self-confidence and remain motivated to reach their goals. Patients are less likely to return to their addictive behavior once they realize how much they have to offer others.

  • Self-Discovery Inventory

This program teaches patients how to come to terms with negative past events that lead to their problems with addiction. These unresolved negative events can keep patients from reaching their goals or living up to their highest potential. Helping patients to resolve these past issues gives them the chance to start their addiction-free life with a clean slate.

  • Identifying Addictive Triggers

After a patient completes the program and leaves the treatment facility, they must know how to avoid people and situations that can trigger negative thoughts and behavior. This is one of the most difficult aspects of remaining sober. Certain triggers can cause patients to return to their addictive patterns. This program gives patients the tools to know how to identify and avoid their triggers after they leave in-patient treatment.

  • Preventing Relapse

This program aims to help patients understand that sobriety is an on-going process and that it is completely up to them whether they fail or succeed. In the event that certain indicators of relapse appear, patients will be armed with the skills and resources necessary to overcome them.

  • Anger Management

In order to help patients remain in control of their stress and anger levels, we also offer anger management programs. These programs give patients the skills needed to manage stressful situations in a positive way. They will also learn other important skills like forgiveness and how to release feelings of resentment and anger.

  • Life Skills

In this program, patients will learn important skills that will get them through many areas of life. Facets of this program include:

• GED Preparation
• Time Management
• Parenting Skills
• Financial Management
• Coping Skills

  • Physical Fitness

This program helps patients to learn how to improve their level of physical fitness. In addition to improving their overall health, this program helps them to develop a sense of pride in themselves and their appearance.

  • Spiritual Therapy

This is a discussion-based group program that allows patients to understand and get in touch with spirituality. They also learn various methods for using spiritual guidance to combat their negative addictive behavior.

  • Music Therapy

This program uses music to increase relaxation, motivation and encourage verbalization. Patients can choose to listen to music or play a musical instrument of their choice.

Get Started on Your New Life Today

All of these critical tools for overcoming addiction and remaining sober can be gained by entering an inpatient drug treatment program. Counselors and staff can provide patients in the facility with personal treatment that is fine-tuned to give them the tools that they need in their journey towards a life of sobriety.


Intervention is the First Step in Saving an Addict’s Life

Drugs and alcohol are both popular addictions for millions of people across the globe. Unfortunately, these addictions can kill the people they affect. Family members and friends to not want to hear the news of a loved one passing away due to these damaging addictions. Although many individuals will attempt to help a loved one who has addictions, these interventions may be too late. Many will not see the signs of a loved one’s addiction early enough or will try and fail to intervene. However, if loved ones knew and understood the signs and symptoms of drug or alcohol addiction, they can get the addict the help they so desperately need.

The Center for Disease Control, or CDC, recently reported that men are the most common addict to lose their life due to a drug or alcohol addiction. Although many people believe that young adults are the most common addicts, this is not the case either. The most common age group of addicts who overdose are between the ages of 45 and 54. For loved ones who have family members of close friends in this age group or outside the normal range, understanding the signs and symptoms of a drug and alcohol addiction is imperative.

Denial is Part of the Problem

Denial is one of the most common ailments that addicts and their family or friends have to deal with. Most addicts do not truly believe they have a problem. They may attempt to live a normal lifestyle with work, school, and family life but are dealing with their cravings and making plans to find their next fix all throughout their days. They may surround themselves with others who enjoy the same type of drug to ensure they can easily use when they prefer to. Thankfully, loved ones who feel they are dealing with an addict that they are close to can learn the signs and symptoms:

There are many physical signs of drug abuse including:

  • Bloodshot eyes and large pupils
  • Sudden weight loss or sudden weight gain
  • Unappealing odors from the user’s breath, clothing, body, or home
  • Slurred speech
  • Tremors
  • Coordination issues
  • Possible seizures

Of course, a drug addict’s behavior will also show signs and symptoms including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Inability to be present even to important functions
  • Constant financial issues and possible signs of crime
  • Many personality changes
  • Mood swings, outbursts, anger issues
  • Lack of motivation

Although these signs and symptoms of drug abuse may be seen in many people, including non-addicts, alcohol abuse is much easier to diagnose. Alcoholics may also deny their problem and many will not ask for help until they have pushed away their family and friends. Most alcoholics will reach their rock bottom after they have lost spouses, children, jobs, and homes. However, understand the physical and emotional signs of alcohol abuse can help loved ones in tremendous ways.

Physical and Behavioral Signs of alcohol abuse:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sudden changes in personality
  • Dysthymia
  • Increased consumption in alcohol
  • Coordination issues
  • Self esteem issues
  • Slurred speech
  • Reduced inhibitions
  • Drinking alone
  • Withdrawal symptoms

Planning an intervention does not have to be terribly challenging. Friends, family members, and coworkers can help their loved one receive help by making sure they understand how their problem affects others. However, the intervention should offer the addict a peaceful environment so they do not feel threatened or “bullied.”

First, it is smart to determine who will be present during the intervention and why. Close family, wife or husband, and close friends are all important people during the intervention but the actual persons will all depend on relationships that addict has with others.

Professional Advice is Recommended

It is wise to contact a drug rehabilitation facility for the organization and management of the intervention. The staff can offer experience, knowledge, and actual treatment which will be made available to the addict during the intervention.

It is important for the family and friends to keep an open mind during the intervention and not force the addict to leave or become angry. Loved ones should ask the addicts questions, allow them to speak and share their feelings, and create a calm, relaxed, but serious tone in the space during the intervention.  Moral and emotional support is imperative during the intervention, also. The treatment process will be painful both physically and emotionally for the addict and loved ones must be ready for this.

Regret is a part of many people’s lives. However, loved ones do not have to live with a feeling of regret by not intervening in the life of the addict. If a person feels the addict’s problems are not their business, they will most likely end up living with regret. Fortunately, the Best Drug Rehabilitation Center can help loved ones find help when intervening in an addict’s life.

Overcome Addiction

Helping a Loved One Overcome Addiction

The friends and family members of people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs often dread getting “the call” indicating that their loved one has overdosed. The unfortunate fact is that it happens far too often. Many times, loved ones of an addict have some evidence of addiction, but don’t know how to act to get the addicted person help. With the right kind of information and tools to intervene, family members can help their loved one face, and beat, their addiction. Of course, that requires that they know the signs of drug or alcohol addiction and how to approach the subject without adding undue pressure on the addict or enabling further use.

Overdose can result in death or disability, although according to the CDC, men die of overdose more than women. And contrary to popular assumption, people who overdose are in the age group of 45 to 54, not young adults or teenagers. Knowing that someone who is old enough to have teenage kids himself might overdose on drugs or alcohol is a terrifying reality for many to face.

Signs of Drug Abuse

Drug users, especially those deep in the throes of an addiction, are often in denial, even though they anxiously await the next time they can use. At some point, every other priority, such as work responsibilities, family obligations, and household duties take a backseat to their addictions and when they can next get high. The family members of an addict will be best prepared to help the addict recover after they’ve familiarized themselves with typical behaviors and habits of the highly addicted. A qualified drug rehabilitation facility will be able to help you learn what the most typical signs of drug or alcohol addiction are.

Physical Signs and Symptoms

You can determine whether your loved one is using drugs or alcohol by examining the user’s physical appearance, including:

  • Large pupils, bloodshot eyes
  • Extreme, unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Unpleasant odor emanating from the clothing, breath, or body of the suspected addict
  • Speech changes like slurring, general slowness or lack of coordination, shaking, or seizures

Behavioral Signs and Symptoms

There are also changes in behavior that can indicate drug use, including:

  • Disregard for school or work, in both attendance and attention
  • Legal troubles or disciplinary action for fights or other illegal acts
  • Desperation for quickly earned money or constant financial problems
  • Withdrawn, secretive attitude

Psychological Signs and Symptoms

A third way to determine if your loved one is using drugs is to examine his psychological symptoms, including:

  • Inexplicable anxiety or fear
  • Lack of motivation or enthusiasm
  • Sudden anger or unexplained outbursts or mood swings
  • Noticeable personality changes

Alcohol Abuse May be Easier to Identify

Alcohol abuse can be easier to identify in some ways, because an alcoholic may not attempt to hide his activity as much. In addition, it is easier for family members to monitor alcohol consumption, since a serious problem typically constitutes drinking large quantities of alcohol per day. Because alcohol consumption is not illegal, it may be easier for an alcoholic to hide his problem behind celebratory or relaxation excuses.

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Dependency

The signs of alcohol addiction are similar to those of drug addiction, but there are some differences. Here are a few things to look out for:

  • Mild but long-term depression known as dysthymia
  • Denial of any drinking problems
  • Unexplained, sudden personality changes
  • Anxiety, depression, or both
  • Drinking alone or at home
  • Drinking after a bad day or a disappointment; drinking to “deal” with a situation
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Lowered coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Stumbling or tripping inexplicably
  • Inappropriateness in certain situations due to lowered inhibitions
  • Withdrawal from family and friends, fatigue, irritability, nausea, headaches

Because alcohol is so readily available, an alcohol abuser may be able to stay in denial for a very long time. Often, it takes hitting rock bottom–facing losing everything you have left–to get the alcoholic to take action. Faced with losing his job, his spouse, his children, and even his freedom, an alcoholic may become motivated to take action.

How You Can Help

Traditional interventions seem to consist of groups of family and friends ambushing the suspected addict and forcing him to confront how his addiction has affected their family. There are ways, however, to organize a successful intervention that gets these important points across to the addict without making him feel threatened or pressured. Here are a few tips for confronting someone who you think might be addicted to drugs or alcohol:

  • Carefully vet attendants at the intervention: who should be there, and why? If one person, such as a romantic interest
  • with whom the addict has a traumatic relationship, or old drinking buddies, might not be the best choice.
  • Contact a professional interventionist and get some advice on what tactics work the best.
  • Don’t force the addict to do anything they’re not ready to do.
  • Make sure the addict knows you are willing and ready to provide all the moral support he or she needs.

Having an addict in your life can be scary and tumultuous, but it is important that you help him recover as much as you can. Love, support, and compassion are three tools an addict needs to survive and recover from his addiction. Contact the Best Drug Rehabilitation Center immediately to find out more about interventions and how you can help.

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