Treatment guidelines for addiction
A family member struggling with addiction can be hard see and you always want to help. It is important to understand what that person is going through and have a good understanding of addiction before you really help them with interventions. You cannot force a person to go for treatment. They have to reach that point where they realise for themselves how serious their situation is and that it is now time to make a change. They are fearful of what treatment entails and how they are going to manage, but when they are ready, they will ask for help. This is the time when they need the support of friends and family the most.
An addict and the family involved require help in treating addiction, and medical doctors, therapists and counsellors are the people that deal with these situations. Symptoms of drug use and withdrawal come hand-in-hand with recovery, and they can have fatal consequences. It is detrimental that the addict is closely monitored, not only to prevent relapse – which is often the easiest answer for an addict – but to make sure they remain medically stable throughout the recovery process.
Treatment changes for each person, with the underlying methods of treatment remaining the same. The methods used are classic therapy methods like counselling or interventions that will focus on the addict and their behaviour, feelings, perceptions and emotions regarding their situation. On the medical side, addicts are put on medication – under very strict supervision – that could help deal with symptoms, side effects and conditions related to withdrawal, such as psychosis. An addict is dealing with so much at the time and may feel overwhelmed, because along with addiction they will have to start thinking about the future (the people in it, working, living independently); therapy gives them the means to cope.
Whatever course of action therapy takes and no matter how it turns out, the addict is responsible for the change they want to make in their life, through the guidance and professional opinion of qualified individuals. Addict needs to admit they do not know better, and that following the protocols provided will help ensure complete recovery and success once they put their minds to it.