Substance abuse leads to drug addiction when the individual goes from casual drug use in a social atmosphere to being completely emotionally and physically dependent on the drug. Quitting any type of drug when someone is addicted to it is an extremely difficult process causing a lot of pain and suffering which is both mental and physical.
However drug addiction does not just affect the person who is suffering from this addiction; their close family and friends are equally as affected as what this person is going through and doing to themselves, is hurting everyone that loves and cares about them. For this reason, many drug rehab centers are incorporating family therapy and family treatment options which involves the person's close family members and friends in the rehabilitation process which has shown vast improvement over them doing the treatments alone. These services are focused on families both as a support system for the family of substance abusers as well as services for families with more than one member who has become addicted to drugs or alcohol.
Preparing Family for Addiction Treatment
Before you begin any sort of family substance abuse treatment program, you will need to come together as a family and discuss the best possible solutions. Decide beforehand if an intervention may be necessary for some family members who are not yet on board with recovering from their addiction. You may notice the process of substance abuse treatment will vary for each individual family, and some of the treatment even differs for different members of the family. Many families prefer to have an intervention in a private, non-confrontational environment simply as an honest and blunt talk with each other in order to seek treatment as a group. The way you come together to discuss your treatment options are not as important as coming to an agreement as a family with how you will go through the substance abuse treatment program.
During Family Addiction Treatment
Following the intervention or discussion about treatment options, will be one of the most important aspects of family treatment which is the treatment itself. This may be either through inpatient or outpatient substance abuse programs which each have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. The type of treatment you choose depends on your family, but you should seek the treatment that will work for the family member who is suffering the most from their addiction, and have the rest of the group follow suit. Family treatment for substance abuse involves all of the family going to the meeting, counseling, and classes together as well as supporting each other through the first stages of rehabilitation which include the withdrawal and detoxification stages. Inpatient programs often include medication programs which can help you through detoxification from the drug abuse in order to lessen some of the withdrawal symptoms you and your family members may experience. As a family, support each other through this very difficult and often painful process of the rehabilitation program.
Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms
It is important to understand what kind of physical, emotional and psychological ailments you and your family may experience during the rehabilitation stage of treatments. Some of the milder affects from withdrawal include mild insomnia, headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Some family members will have a harder time with more intense physical and psychological effects which may include confusion, body spasms, muscle weakness, seizures, heart palpitations and irregular heartbeats, delirium, hallucinations, anxiety and depression.
After Family Addiction Treatment
Drug abuse and alcohol abuse and addiction are considered family diseases that not only affect family members who use and abuse these types of substances, but also those who do not use them at all. This is why family involvement in any treatment option is so important to overcoming the addiction. There is not really a time when the treatment is over, but rather when the first stages of your treatment program end, and the new stages begin. Once each family member has gone through the withdrawal stage and the beginning of the rehabilitation, comes what is known as maintenance mode. During this phase of treatment, your family will continue to go through counseling sessions and attend support groups with like minded individuals both alone and as a group. It is important to lean on each other for support, and help those in the family who seem to be having more difficulty with overcoming their addiction and holding on to their sobriety. There needs to be a healthy balance between helping yourself and helping your family overcome the addiction together.
Drug Rehab Centers for Family Treatment
A variety of drug rehab centers will offer help and guidance for families who choose to overcome their substance abuse problems and addictions as a group. Many centers prefer families to go through the process together as they can be each other's support system through the entire process from the planning stages and the after-treatment stages.