What is Addiction Treatment?
You have arrived at this website, and on this page, because you are concerned, worried, maybe even very scared about an addiction problem. Whether it is you, your significant other, your child, a parent, or any other person you love, facing up to the reality of drug addiction is indeed a very frightening thing.
There may be a natural tendency to avoid seeking addiction treatment because it means admitting to a very frightening problem. Refusing to acknowledge the problem does not mean it is not there, however. In fact, every passing day that the drug problem is ignored, glossed over, or excused away somehow is another day that you or your loved one becomes more ensnared in the terrible trap of drug addiction.
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Another reason that many people do not seek out the help of an addiction treatment center for themselves or for their loved ones is that they feel unsure whether there is truly a problem or not.
For example, you may tell yourself “Well, I only take pills, so it’s not as if I have a serious drug problem like those people who are shooting drugs into their arms.”
Perhaps you think, “Even though I have seen my spouse deteriorate right before my eyes, and even though they show all the signs of a drug problem, I still haven’t actually caught them doing any drugs.”
The truth of the matter is that reality is hard to accept. Ignoring the signs of addiction only makes it worse. It is important to realize that facing the reality of the problem is the important first step to solving the problem.
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Talk About the Problem
If you feel unsure about whether there is a problem with drug addiction, or if you feel uncertain whether the issue is serious enough to seek professional help, it can be enormously helpful to speak to an intake counselor.
An intake counselor will discuss your concerns with you in a completely supportive and non-judgmental way. This is what counselors specialize in, and their primary concern is helping those who need it. No matter which method of first contact that you choose to discuss addiction treatment, you are doing a very smart thing and making a highly positive step. This can be step one on the path to addiction treatment and recovery.
How Addiction Treatment Works
Addiction treatment centers run programs in various ways. There is the inpatient treatment programs geared toward helping clients whose cases are severe. There is also the outpatient treatment program where the clients are allowed to come from their respective homes for treatment. This is usually for clients whose cases are still manageable, or for those clients who have already completed an inpatient program. Despite the fact that they come from home, these clients are closely monitored and are also educated on relapse prevention. Relapse prevention often includes warning signs and behaviors that if detected, can help avoid the relapse.