An addict is living with a chronic disease that affects his or her ability to make decisions. For them, the substance is in charge and they don’t have a choice about whether they will continue to use or not. They have to keep using or they will start experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Making a choice to start addiction recovery treatment is not something they are likely to do until their lives get to the point where they are unmanageable in some respect.
Until that time, it’s not uncommon for addicts to be in denial that they have a problem at all. Many of them use strategies to convince themselves that they are coping really well and hiding their addiction from family members successfully, when in reality they are not doing a good job of keeping their chemical dependence to themselves at all.
Hitting Rock Bottom Before Going For Treatment
Some people think that you need to hit “rock bottom” before you’ll know that it’s time to start your addiction treatment. What that looks like will be different for everyone, but it could mean losing your job, your home, your family and being left with nothing. When you have absolutely nothing left, you’ll see that you need to make some major changes in your life and get help.
Doors To Treatment Can Be Opened In Other Ways
There are other paths to treatment other than waiting until there is nothing positive left in your life. Sometimes, being arrested for a DUI or other legal offence is enough to open the door to addiction recovery treatment. It’s a wake-up call that cannot easily be ignored.
In other instances, the family will hold an intervention to share how the addiction has negatively affected them and to say, firmly but lovingly, that they are no longer prepared to support the addiction. During an intervention, family members and friends will make it clear that they will help an addicted loved one get well, but that they will not do anything to enable the addict’s behavior or drug use.
If you are faced with the choice of going to treatment or no longer having the support of your family, the best choice is to accept the gift of help. The prospect of life without drugs or alcohol may be scary, but losing your family would be a lot worse…and scarier.
The Dunes Addiction Recovery Treatment – Comfort And Respect
We here at The Dunes are staffed by caring professionals who understand that clients may have misgivings about starting addiction recovery treatment. We will do everything they can to make you feel comfortable and respected.
All of our clients receive an individualized course of treatment designed to help them reach their recovery goals. You won’t be treated like just another client – we take the time to get to know each person who comes to us for help.
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