Friends and family therapy is often seen as an essential area of intervention for maintaining change. Relationship difficulties can be a contributing factor in substance use, but substance use may also contribute to the deterioration of relationships. Family and friends can play critical roles in motivating individuals with drug problems from entering rehab to staying in rehab treatment.
Family Therapy and Referrals
It’s normal to feel panicked, anxious or overwrought when you’re facing the reality of a person you love who is addicted. How do you challenge someone who seems to be intent on destructive behaviour? What do you say to a partner, parent, or child you no longer recognise?
Although therapy usually focuses on the person who has the problem, there’s no question that “the problem” often impacts on families in a big way. A big question that family members often struggle with is whether to let go or not to let go when a loved one is in the throes of addiction.
Sometimes you have to detach yourself with love, as one of the significant principles is ‘you didn’t cause it, you can’t control it, and you can’t cure it. There is good evidence that being abandoned by loved ones hurts one’s chances of getting clean.
In many situations, communication may have already broken down, and by the time someone decides to take action, reaching out might seem impossible. Still, in fact, it’s more important than ever that you intervene now.
Your support is essential, and you could become actively involved in the recovery process in the following ways:
- Encourage your loved one to seek professional help in an alcohol rehab, drug clinic or addiction counselling
- Become educated about addiction and involve other family members or friends.
- Try hard to create a stable, sober home environment.
- Attend therapy sessions yourself to learn how to cope and set boundaries.
- Addressing any of your own behaviours that may be contributing to your loved one’s addiction.
Some activity you can take part in is:
- Have a look at our pages on signs and symptoms of substance use read about the signs and symptoms of substance use.
- Observe the person’s behaviour closely over a period of days or weeks to understand what leads you to think there is a problem.
- Take observations of behaviour and share with other family members and friends to determine how they see the situation.
- Contact a substance use professional, Describe your family member’s substance use pattern to see whether the professional would deem it a problem. Provide details such as the alcohol or drug in question, how much the person is using, how often they are using, give them a typical example of how long the abuse has prolonged, negative repercussions, and the person’s response to discussions or challenges about substance use.
- Try to persuade your loved one to attend a detox or rehab programme.
Typically people are better able to work on recovery if the problem is, all people are better equipped to work on their recovery if their substance use problem is detected and faced with early on. Rehab in the early stages of a substance use disorder is Any family member can make a referral to our services for their loved one. All you need is their consent, and we can help you sort out the rest with a phone call or a visit to one of our centres. This is likely to be less intense, less disruptive, and cause less anxiety.
Most people who experience addiction treatment go to residential or outpatient programmes. In residential rehab, programme care is provided in a facility where clients stay, day and night for usually 10 to 4 weeks. Round, the clock addiction treatment, is provided in speciality rehab centres, some of which are registered hospitals. Addiction treatment services offer both detoxification alone or detox may be used as transition care before rehab.
If you feel a friend or loved has an addiction problem, you can contact us for advice at any time. Our trained counsellors will be able to help you recognise and understand the nature of his or her substance use problem and promote strategies of how you could cope.
Any family member can make a referral to our services for their loved one. All you need is their consent, and we can help you sort out the rest with a phone call or visit one of our centres.
Whilst location is an important factor for all of us, please understand, that recovery from addiction is a journey, and a commitment and the initial foundations should not be compromised.
This means seeking advice to find the best rehab centre and therapeutic program that fits you (or your loved one) personally.
Clearly, it’s vital that you find a rehab clinic that offers the right treatments for you. Don’t worry, you can call the Detox Plus UK hotline today, and our advisors will talk you through the different options. This allows you to figure out what treatments will benefit you the most so you can find rehab centres that suit your needs.
When we talk about going to rehab, this assumes that you’re willing to pack your bags and move into a rehab centre. This is known as residential rehab, and it basically means that you live in an environment that’s closed off from the outside world.
It’s been proven that this benefits patients as it restricts you from coming into contact with things or people that trigger your addiction. As a result, it allows the people there to carry out detox treatment without worrying about relapses.
We strongly advise that you give us a call if you’re having trouble figuring out which option is best for you. We’ll talk to you on the phone to help come up with a treatment plan that benefits you the most. As a result, you’ll soon know the best course of action to kick your addiction.
We offer locations for rehab centres nationwide, call our team on 02072052734 or view our locations for Rehab centres
Contact your own GP and accurately & honestly explain to him or her your addiction problems and express your desire for help and treatment. Your GP should activate your local ADAT Addictions team who will offer you whatever NHS/Social and treatment routes are available. You should also attend AA or NA recovery groups for support and guidance.
Residential stays vary from between 7-28 days depending on the specifics of your circumstances and historical usage. e.g. An average alcohol detox may last 7 days, with a further 2-3 weeks in the therapeutic program to resolve the psycho-social and behavioural aspects of addiction. As above, most experience the best outcomes and lasting long term sobriety following a minimum 28-day residential stay
Medication can include replacement drugs such as lorazepam or phenobarbital, which are administered in tapering doses to help with alcohol withdrawals. Drugs such as Naltrexone, Disulfiram or Acamprosate can help prevent a return to alcohol use.
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