Addiction affects an individual and everyone in their circle of influence.
In reality, their life is altered from the moment they start abusing drugs or alcohol. Not all people start out with substance abuse in mind. Some individuals become addicted to the painkillers prescribed by their doctor. This can occur even when they follow the doctor’s instructions to the letter. Some addicts started abusing substances at an early age, and have become seasoned addicts. Then there are those who utilize substance abuse as a way of fitting in with the crowd. Whatever the reason for abusing drugs or alcohol, addiction can become life-consuming and life threatening. Getting help is crucial if one is to become and remain sober.
The road back to normal, if a person has not gone too far down the road to destruction, is a smart decision to make. Life is valuable, and there are too many variables that led a person down the path to addiction to contend with. First, it is a brave act to make the decision to attend a treatment facility. Entering rehab helps a person manage their urges, emotions, and vices. Professional clinicians know the ropes, and have helped millions of people to understand their addiction, stop using, and avoid the triggers that can lead to relapse. Family members can also be involved in their loved one’s treatment. Family support goes a long way in helping an individual recover.
For the addicted person, individual counseling is available. For family members, counseling helps them to better understand and communicate with their loved one. It also opens up insights as to how they may be enabling their loved one’s behavior. At Sprout Health New Jersey, we understand the challenges that an addicted person faces, and we are here to help every step of the way.
Resources for Addressing Mental Health Issues
We have found there is a definite relationship between substance abuse and challenges with mental health. Friends and family members, along with the addicted person, are encouraged to fully understand addiction and its causes. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is at the core of our treatment processes. CBT is solution-focused and can deliver positive results. It helps an individual to solve problems and learn new skills. Our goal is to help people get better, and remain better long after their stay with us. If a person can change their thinking processes, they can realize different outcomes. A person has to want rehab and recovery for it to work.
Aftercare and Follow Up
Treatment and detox are only a small element of the equation for recovery. The longer a person remains in treatment, the better their chances for long-term sobriety. Some people can return to their life and remain completely free of the temptations to abuse drugs or alcohol. Others, may find it more challenging to avoid the temptations that led them down the path to addiction to begin with. This is why we place such emphasis on following up with patients to make sure they avoid relapse. With continuing counseling, scheduled meetings, and group sessions, individuals are provided with an extra level of accountability to help them avoid revisiting old, harmful habits. Patients continually learn about:
Avoiding Relapse – One of the most important elements of rehab is to teach the patient how to avoid relapse. A minor slip, if addressed immediately, does not have to turn into a full-blown relapse. Knowing how to rebound from an occasional slip is critical for rehab success.
Aftercare programs can help the individual who slips to get back in the saddle. Peers are always willing to help the individual gain footage to avoid having to go through rehab again