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Ways to help loved ones recover from addiction

Ways to help loved ones recover from addiction

Addiction is one of the most dangerous self-inflicted diseases. It makes a person lose his/her cognitive skills and become subservient to the resulting compulsions and urges. The individual feels helpless in freeing himself/herself from the clutches of the menace. Fortunately, proper medical intervention can help such individuals in recovering from their addiction and lead a sober life.

An addiction treatment primarily involves detoxification, followed by therapies to reverse the ill-effects of the substances abused. Often, the detoxification process is painful, causing  a lot of physical and mental discomforts. In such a situation, the support from friends and family works like a magical potion helping in a speedy recovery from the illness. Hence, presence, love, and care from close relatives are as essential as the medical treatment. Below are a few tips through which family members of those suffering from drug addiction can help their loved ones get rid of addiction:

  • Supporting person through thick and thin: When suffering from an addiction, the individual often faces backlash and criticism from the society, and even some friends. Such people are questioned not only for lifestyle choices but also about their character and willpower. However, family members’ unconditional support and backing can help them sail through the hard times with ease. One should express trust and faith in the person so that he/she can trust you back.
  • Keep encouraging him/her: While social stigma can act as a big spoiler, the detox treatment itself can discourage the patient from seeking further medical intervention. Therefore, it is important for close relatives to keep encouraging him/her amidst all the odds. Offer constant company and support to keep the individual motivated. Make him/her believe in the bright future that would come after the recovery.
  • Offering company and lending ears: Patients suffering from addiction are in dire need of a constant support. While they prefer having somebody during their visits to doctor or while undergoing therapies, they also need someone to hear them. Hence, a close relative should listen to them and try to feel their emotions without any prejudice or judgment.
  • Doing one’s own research: Educate oneself about the drug addiction that one’s loved one may be suffering from. Doing research will help one gain a better understanding of the person grappling with the condition. It will also help in searching for a correct treatment facility and alternatives for the addicted person.
  • Accepting the relapse: Relapses are fairly common when recovering from an addiction. Often, many patients who are able to recover well in the controlled environment of the rehab suffer from relapse after their release. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that the recovering person gets post-recovery treatment as well, as that will help him/her handle the urges and compulsion in the real

Dealing with addiction

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2016, an estimated 7.4 million Americans aged 12 or older were suffering from an illicit drug use disorder. However, addiction of any kind is treatable. What counts is an early diagnosis and seeking timely treatment. Addiction can be treated with medication or therapies or a combination of both, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Strictly, one should not self-medicate with over-the-counter drugs or alcohol, as this can aggravate the condition.

If you or your loved one is suffering from any kind of addiction, get in touch with the Colorado Detox Helpline to know about one of the finest detox treatment centers in Colorado. You can call at our 24/7 helpline number (866) 730-5807 or chat online with our expert to know about world-class detox centers across Colorado.

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