Forty million Americans, according to informed sources, are addicted to drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes. What’s even more alarming is that only a small percentage of these millions will ever receive proper addiction care. You or your loved one don’t have to be one of them. Alcohol and drug addiction is a serious condition that only worsens with time. It’s vital to get professional help for an addiction as soon as possible.
Many people, however, don’t know where to turn for competent addiction help. Lots of folks addicted to alcohol or drugs in America want to quit, but aren’t sure where to begin.
The first step is one of acceptance and commitment. It’s not always necessary for a person to acknowledge that they have a problem to benefit from rehabilitation treatment, but a clear sense of purpose and resolve always helps. When a person can see that they have a problem—a debilitating disease which is slowly killing them—they can successfully commit to change and form a plan of action.
If commitment isn’t in the cards and the individual who is addicted is reticent or reluctant to admit that they have a problem, an intervention may be necessary. An intervention is a planned and organized meeting between the addicted individual and his or her family and friends, overseen and mediated by a qualified interventionist.
One of the most important steps in the process is to choose the right rehabilitation facility. There are many different factors to consider (see the infographic for more details). The idea is to select a center that can best address the patient’s individual needs in recovery and provide for a safe, effective recovery period.
Detox usually forms the initial part of the rehabilitation process. For several days or weeks, depending on the length and severity of the addiction, the individual eats healthy foods, regulates their sleep schedule, and waits as their body purifies their system of drug-related toxins. Exercise and dietary changes may form a central part of detox. Finally, rehab and counseling help the patient to come to terms with their mental and psychological problems.
The following infographic details the steps commonly encountered in the drug and alcohol addiction recovery process. Give it a click and see what you think. Everyone’s experience varies, obviously, but the infographic is intended to give you or your loved one a generalized overview of the recovery steps.