Addiction isn’t a moral failing or a personal weakness—the person involved has no choice but to keep using. Their brain’s craving for dopamine compels the individual to seek out and use their drug of choice (physical addiction); or they take drugs to be able to deal with their everyday lives (mental addiction). Either way, the person has no choice but to keep using.
This is the crisis point—the stage in the process at which addiction becomes dangerous. A person’s loved ones should seriously consider rehabilitation for anyone who has an addiction which is adversely affecting his or her life. A competent rehab center can address both the primary addiction issues and the co-occurring psychological disorders which worsen it. Find out more about rehab plans that can help you or your loved one by contacting NC Drug Rehab Charlotte at (704) 961-9577.
How Rehab Helps
Drug rehab is a schedule of detoxification, therapy, and psychological counseling intended to help the patient recovery permanently from their addiction to any substance, be it prescription drugs, alcohol, or hard street drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine. Patients may also be prescribed approved medications to treat their psychological disorders, combat cravings, and ease the symptoms of withdrawal.
The Nature of Addiction
One of the things which makes addiction so tricky to treat is that it has both mental and physical side effects. Certain substances such as cocaine and alcohol create physical dependence in the user’s body and can put the user through uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms if the person suddenly ceases using them. In addition, drugs subtly alter brain chemistry, releasing large amounts of dopamine and conditioning the brain to release this chemical whenever the drug is imbibed, and this creates a vicious cycle of mental addiction. The two-pronged attack which addiction launches on the human body is difficult to treat holistically, but it can be done.
The Benefits of Intervention
On occasion, a person may not believe that he or she has a problem with drugs are alcohol. Whether through fear of quitting or stubborn pride, an addicted individual may not be able to come to terms with the fact that he or she needs help. This is where intervention comes in. Formal interventions are overseen by trained professionals and consist of a surprise gathering of the individual’s family and friends. Informal interventions have no supervision, but progress in much the same way, with the intent to make the individual aware of their destructive habits and get them into treatment as soon as possible. In a calm and logical manner, family members inform the addicted individual about the link between their behavior and the problems in his or her life, and the problems their behavior causes others. If the intervention goes as planned, the addicted individual sees how their drug habit has been negatively impacting his or her life and the lives of loved ones and agrees to enter treatment immediately.
Types of Interventions
- Direct: The most common type of intervention is much as described above—a group of concerned family members presenting their addicted loved one with concrete examples of their negative behavior and the inconvenience they’ve imposed on the individual and the group as a whole. The group also announces predetermined consequences which will be visited upon the individual if they don’t face their addiction and get clean.
- Indirect: The addicted individual is invited to the meeting, but their attendance is not required—the group meets with a trained addiction counselor who coaches the group in effective strategies for handling their addicted family member’s behavior.
- Motivational: The substance user meets with a counselor for a series of motivational talks and exercises designed to engender or strengthen their commitment to getting help.
- Family: Instead of counseling the addicted individual, an advisor meets with the family members and teaches them how to stop enabling their loved one’s addicted behavior, treating addiction from the ground up. With no one to enable their behavior, the addict is often forced to seek help.
Getting the Help You Need
The treatment process begins with a simple five-minute phone call. Contact NC Drug Rehab Charlotte at (704) 961-9577 any time of the day or night to speak with our compassionate staff and learn how you can start down the road to a more fulfilling, drug-free lifestyle.