Finding the Right Treatment
Keep in mind there are many different types of recovery programs. There are long term and short term residential treatments, or outpatient treatment centers that allow for the patient to be treated while continuing to function in everyday life.
Many facilities are structured around the classic 12 Step program. These places often supplement the twelve steps with a variety of therapies, from group and individual, to art and music, to reconnecting with nature.
There are also places that use holistic treatments that emphasize addressing the causes of addiction and not just the symptoms. Religious and higher power based programs aim to replace addiction with spirituality.
Do Not Forget About Your Needs
Addiction affects everyone. Just because you are not the one with the substance abuse problem does not mean that you do not need help as well. For your own mental health and protection, it is a good idea to join a family of addicts support group. Push yourself to share your feelings and experiences with others, it will help both you and the other people in the room.
Above All Else: Show Your Support
The road to recovery can be long and strenuous. It is a vulnerable time for someone who has a history of substance abuse, but admitting they have a problem and accepting help is a huge step. The best thing you can do to help your loved one is to consistently show and express your love and support.
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Bethany Hatton is a retired librarian with 32 years of experience. She runs PreventAddiction.info, which she created after her oldest grandson became addicted to opioids. As her grandson recovered from an overdose, the number of questions Bethany had about his illness swelled: How had his addiction developed? Could she and other family members have done anything differently along the way? And most importantly, how could she help him get better and ensure others in her family and community didn’t suffer the same fate? She now dedicates her time to sharing the most reputable, reliable information she can find on the subject.