How To Pack For Rehab

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration‘s National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that of over 22.5 million people who suffer from addiction, less than 20 percent get treatment.

So while going to rehab for addiction treatment can be scary, it’s important to keep your eye on your long-term goal — reaching sobriety and learning to live without drug abuse. This is a new beginning, and you’re not allowing yourself to just become another statistic. In order to get the most out of your experience, it’s important to know what to expect and pack appropriately.

Now, all treatment programs have their own specific set of rules and lists of items you are permitted to bring, so it is important to reach out to yours before going. That said, this is a general packing guide you can follow:

Bring the Essentials

While many rehab facilities are indeed luxurious and designed to help you relax, it’s important to remember that you are not at a spa retreat. You’re there to focus on detox and addiction recovery, and any personal items that do not help facilitate that can get in the way. Because of this, most treatment centers prohibit many personal items that are not deemed essential to your wellbeing or everyday care.

Essential items are general categorized as the following:

  • Toiletries – These include essential bathroom and personal care products like  toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, shampoo and conditioner, body soap, basic makeup, etc. All items must be alcohol-free.
  • Comfortable clothing – You’re not going to rehab to dress to impress. Wear whatever will help you stay calm, relaxed, and receptive to treatment.
  • Sunscreen / sunblock – You may be outside for longer periods of time than you realize, and many rehab programs offer plenty of time in the sun.
  • Cozy pajamas – It seems like a no-brainer, but be sure to pack for comfort at all times, not just during the day!
  • Extra underwear – Especially if you are going through detox, you may sweat more than usual and will want to change more frequently to stay comfortable.
  • Some cash and/or a debit card – You may have opportunities to purchase snacks or make other small purchases. 

Other Items You May Want to Bring

There may be some items considered “essential” to rehab that you may not consider in everyday life. During most programs, you will spend time both inside and outside, and you will also have opportunities to exercise and focus on health. It’s also perfectly normal to want to bring along at least some small items for comfort and inspiration. 

With these things in mind, other items you may want to bring include:

  • A workout outfit and sneakers / tennis shoes – Entering addiction recovery is the perfect time to start practicing overall health. Many rehab centers offer fitness classes or have a gym on-premise for your wellbeing.
  • Sandals / flip flops – Not only may these options be more comfortable for you, but you may also be taking shoes on and off more frequently. 
  • A modest swimsuit – For most rehab facilities, this means swim trunks for men and a one-piece for women. 
  • Bathrobe and slippers – Just another way to keep comfortable!
  • A journal – Some addiction treatment centers will give you a journal to write in, but either way, it’s a good thing to bring. Chronicling your progress and exploring your thoughts will help keep you on track. 
  • A small photo or encouraging letters from family and friends – Contact the facility first to ask what is and isn’t permitted in this area, but a reminder from home that you are loved and cared about is usually acceptable.

Things to Avoid Bringing

Again, all facilities have their own sets of rules. However, you will generally want to avoid bringing the following items. Not only can these get in the way of your treatment (and that of others), but you may also not have an opportunity to use them in the first place:

  • Entertainment devices – Most electronics are prohibited in the first place, so don’t bring any entertainment devices that require charging and/or internet connection. Many rehab facilities even require you to leave items like phones and tablets at the front desk when you check in to prevent any distraction during treatment.
  • Aerosols, alcohol or chemicals – Make sure none of your toiletries should contain these items as they may invoke drug abuse urges. 
  • Opened vitamins or supplements – Many places will allow you to bring these in for health reasons, but only if they are unopened. If you have any medication you need to take, disclose it upfront while you’re checking in.
  • Weapons – Even if you are legally carrying the weapon, it will not be permitted inside for your safety and that of others.
  • Candles or incense products – This is usually for safety reasons, but other people in the program may also be irritated by these scents.

 

Still Looking for an Addiction Treatment Program?

It’s not too late to confront your drug abuse and go to rehab. At Footprints of Serenity, we help individuals from all walks of life find the addiction treatment program that works for them. Get in touch with us today to learn more about your options and what to expect in rehab. 

The Importance of Interventions

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Addiction, for lack of a better phrase, sucks. It can ruin the addict’s life and also deeply affect the lives of their friends and loved ones. Someone’s addiction can even affect their colleagues and other professional relationships. An addict can experience feelings of hopelessness and if you’ve been caught in the crossfires of someone else’s addiction, you probably feel hopeless too. If you currently know someone struggling with addiction and don’t know how to help them, an intervention is the best way to get them initial help. 

What are Interventions?

The first step for an addict to take to get help is admitting they have a problem. Sometimes addicts hit a ‘rock bottom’ and are able to determine on their own they need help. Other times addicts are so consumed by their addiction they don’t even know they need to stop. An intervention is a tool to help an addict realize they need to stop using drugs or alcohol.

An intervention is a formal process conducted by friends and family of an addict, and a trained professional, such as an interventionist. The end goal of an intervention is to motivate the addict to get help. Help for addiction can include going to a residential treatment center or attending 12-step meetings. Types of addictions that can require interventions are alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, eating disorders, and even gambling. An intervention is a non-judgemental, safe, confrontation of an addict’s drug use. 

How Interventions Work and The Importance of Interventions

If you are looking to stage an intervention for someone you know or loved one, Footprints of Serenity is happy to walk you through the process. 

A plan will be put in action for you and whoever is attending the intervention before it actually happens. This plan will include gathering information on your loved one’s addiction and researching the best treatment options for them. It’s our hope that at the end of the intervention, your loved one will accept the help offered to them. 

A date, time, and location will then need to be chosen for the intervention. It’s important to pick a date that you know your loved one will be available for. If your loved one currently sleeps late due to their drug or alcohol abuse, the intervention should take place in the afternoon or evening. You’ll also want the intervention to happen in a safe place. If you know your loved one likes going to their parent or sibling’s house, you can have the intervention there. 

During the actual intervention, you will confront your loved one. The interventionist will kick off the meeting usually by letting your loved one know why you are all gathered together. Every person at the intervention will have a chance to let their loved one know how their addiction has affected them and why they think they need help. It’s imperative to come from a place of love when speaking to the addict. You’ll also want to state-specific consequences that are going to take place if your loved one doesn’t accept treatment. If the addict currently lives with you, maybe you’ll ask them to move out. If you currently employ the addict, you can fire them from their job. Make sure to target specific behaviors and not the actual addict. It’s easy to let our emotions get the best of us, especially when we feel hurt, but it’s important to remain calm, and let everyone speak one at a time. 

Benefits of Interventions

  • An intervention will raise awareness to your loved one on how they’re actions while using drugs or alcohol have hurt you 
  • The addict will no longer think their addiction and behavior are a secret
  • The addict will receive the option to get help

It’s common for an addict to not know the extent of their addiction or how to get help. An intervention will let them know that they do indeed need help and it’s out there waiting for them to take advantage of. 

Footprints of Serenity Can Help Intervene

At Footprints of Serenity, we’re dedicated to providing support for you and your loved ones while they battle addiction. We’re here to help you with every step of an intervention. We also offer treatment placement options, recovery coaching, recovery companionship, detox placement, and more.  Contact us today to get help for your loved one! 

Finding The Right Addiction Treatment Program For Your Family Member

Realizing your loved one has a problem with drug addiction is an extremely tough situation but it’s important to realize you’re not alone. In fact, statistics from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) show nearly 20 million American adults (defined as ages 12 and up) struggle with a substance abuse problem in a single year.

Sadly, this also means that millions of families are struggling with the damaging behavior of someone they love. If you have a loved one with a drug addiction problem (or you suspect they do), you already know that it wears away at your relationship with them. Perhaps they feel like they’ve grown distant and reclusive, or their emotions are all over the place. Maybe they’ve already said or done things that have damaged your family as a whole. 

But you are not doomed to stand by and do nothing; nor do you have to sever your ties with them. By helping your family member get the addiction treatment they need, you can help save both them and your family. It all starts with helping them find the right treatment program.

What Forms of Addiction Treatment Are There? 

While time is often of the essence, it’s also important not to rush your loved one off to the first substance abuse center or rehab you can find. You do have options, and your loved one will have a much stronger chance of reaching long-term sobriety if you research different treatment programs. As science advances and studies are done more treatment methods are developed and found to be effective. 

Footprints of Serenity is a unique, modern approach that acknowledges there is no “one size fits all” approach to drug addiction treatment. We work to provide support and counseling to families struggling with substance abuse, from interventions and case management to thorough aftercare options. Our extensive network of substance abuse treatment professionals extend across the country and specialize in a variety of treatments. Most of our programs combine the latest and most effective treatments and technology with luxury, peaceful environments. 

Here are just some of the ways we can help your loved one tackle drug addiction and get a fresh new lease on life:

  • Inpatient Detox and Rehabilitation 
  • At-home Detox 
  • Partial-Day Treatment
  • Individual Counseling 
  • Group Therapy 
  • Recovery Companion
  • 24/7 Accompaniment

How Do You Know When They Need Treatment?

You probably want your family member to trust you and understand that attending an addiction treatment program is in their best interest. But unless they feel like you are coming from a loving and compassionate place, they may reject your attempts to help. It’s important to know how to recognize addiction signs in the first place and know what is happening to your loved one.

While the signs someone is in crisis may vary greatly from person to person, there are still a variety of ways you can have reason to believe there is a problem:

  • Behavioral Changes / Relationship Changes
  • Dietary Changes
  • Reckless Behavior / Failure to Meet Responsibilities 
  • Money Issues that are Unprecedented
  • High Fatigue Levels
  • Lengthy Times of Disappearance
  • Mood Changes and Personality Shifts
  • Hygiene Problems
  • Unexplained and/or Frequent Health Issues
  • Hidden Stashes of Alcohol or Other Substances
  • Missing Items

If you’re unsure or have any questions about your loved one’s behavior or possible substance abuse issue, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. If you feel the situation is an emergency or your loved one has passed out, call 911 immediately and don’t leave them until help arrives. 

Talk to An Interventionist

While having an intervention is not the right choice for everybody, it can prove to be highly effective for a lot of families. For some, an intervention is all they need to get the motivation necessary to fight drug addiction. For others, it will be the important beginning of a long journey forward. 

At Footprints of Serenity, our experienced interventionists are here to help you every step of the way; from early consultation to recovery coaching and family aftercare. Our interventionists are there to help you guide your struggling family member into the realization that they need addiction treatment. They are also there to answer questions about what the treatment and recovery processes are like and what the best course of action may be. 

Interventionists can assist you in crucial planning for the future. After all, your loved one will still have a long road ahead of them once they are past the initial stages of treatment. They will have to stay strong and confident in making the right decisions and learn to curb their impulse behavior. Your interventionist can help you learn how to support them and help keep them on the right track. 

We’re Here To Help

Don’t wait to get your loved one the help they need. It’s not too late, and our experienced staff at Footprints of Serenity is here to help you throughout the process. Get in touch today to learn more. 

The Financial Side Of Addiction

What is Addiction?

Addiction is all-consuming, “I love you more than my home, parents, wife, children, and job” need.  People with addiction (severe substance use disorder) have an intense focus on using a certain substance(s), such as alcohol or drugs, to the point that it takes over their life.

Although there are many forms of addiction, the two most common are drugs and alcohol. Addiction starts out somewhat subtle and progressively gets worse. Generally speaking, someone doesn’t wake up one day randomly and is addicted to heroin. They may start taking pain killers, then start to build a tolerance and buy them illegally. Soon enough they can no longer afford to buy prescription pills and turn to a more affordable opioid, such as heroin. 

How Addiction Affects Finances

Addiction directly affects the finances of the drug user and the people around them. Drugs and alcohol cost money. The more of a substance someone abuses, the more they have to spend to sustain the habit. Addicts will spend all of their money and then often resort to borrowing or stealing money from someone else. 

Spending Own Money

If someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol is able to maintain employment, they’ll have money to buy substances. Since this person is making their own money they feel they can spend it however they please. What they don’t realize is in their altered state of mind, not only are they wasting money, they probably are spending all of their money on drugs or alcohol. It’s common for addicts to get into debt because while all of their money is being spent on drugs, they still need to feed themselves and buy things like gas for their car. 

When Their Money’s Gone

When someone is deeply addicted to drugs, it’s nearly impossible to work. Eventually, drug users will quit or get fired from their job. They’ll run out of money of their own and not know what to do next. Since the cravings to use drugs are so powerful nothing else feels like it matters, it’s common for drug users to steal from loved ones.

Stealing money from loved ones becomes just another way to sustain the addiction. They can reach a point where they feel like they have nothing left and nothing to lose. As a friend, family member, or loved one, it’s easy to get upset but important to remember that this person isn’t stealing to be malicious, they’re just so desperate to get high that they’ll do anything it takes.

Repairing What’s Broken

Personal finances are overwhelming regardless if you’re a drug addict or not. If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol and in a bad place financially, the best thing to do is treat your addiction. It’s nearly impossible to repair your financial situation if you’re still using drugs or alcohol. At Footprints of Serenity, we can help you get your life back and become financially independent. Contact us today!

 

When Your Family Member Is Struggling With Addiction… What To Do:

Drug addiction is a terrible disease that can be detrimental to a healthy lifestyle, and often leads people into a downward spiral that is hard to get out of. This leaves them feeling hopeless which can lead to further decline.

The statistics and effects of drug and alcohol addiction are astounding.

Terrifying Statistics:

The statistics on drug and alcohol addiction should be a major concern to all of us. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), over 19.7 million people in the U.S. have been struggling with abuse issues as of the report which was released in 2017. The report further states that:

  • Of those suffering from substance abuse, 74 percent are suffering from alcohol abuse; 38 percent are struggling from illegal drugs.
  • Nearly 1 out of 8 adults are struggling with drug and alcohol abuse at the same time.
  • Many people, up to 8.5 million in the U.S. suffered from mental illness at the same time as their alcohol and drug addiction.
  • The use of opioids has also continued to increase. Each day, at least 130 people in the U.S die as a result of opioid addiction and death.

The Cost of Addiction:

The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that drug addiction is very costly, the use of tobacco, alcohol and other illegal drugs cost over $740 billion in our Nation each year due to lost productivity, healthcare costs and other costs incurred due to crime. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has chronicled the “economic burden” the U.S. is experiencing due to opioid addiction issues. The combined cost of healthcare costs, lost productivity, treatment programs and crimes associated with opioid abuse exceeds $78 billion each year. This number is expected to go up along with an increased incidence of opioid addiction.

It’s Never too Late For Treatment:

When it comes to substance abuse, it affects more than just the addict. It affects friends, families, co-workers, and others involved in the addicts’ life. Often, the addicted individual doesn’t recognize the severity of their addiction or the effect it has on loved ones. In this case, friends and family members often need to take things into their own hands and look for addiction treatment options.

Often the first course of action is having an intervention. This is a gathering of people that the addict loves and respects who present their feelings in a non-threatening manner, hoping the addict recognizes they need help.

Family members and friends play a critical role in helping the addict recognize their problem, finding the right recovery resources and be a support system during their recovery.

Steps to Recovery:

As stated, often the first step in recovery is conducting an intervention.

Intervention:

· The goal of an intervention is to encourage the addict to get into treatment. This should be done in a loving way and not placing blame on the addict or others. 

· Encourage the addict to accept responsibility for their actions so they are ready to take the next step in the recovery process.

· Family members should do their best to not distance themselves from the addict, enable them or blame themselves. They need to be supportive and show love and support.

· Do not unwittingly support the addict by providing a place to stay, paying their bills or giving them money.

· Conduct the intervention before the addict hits rock bottom, address the issue as soon as a problem presents itself and before it is too late.

· Work with professionals that understand what your loved one needs to begin traveling down the road to recovery

Other Addiction Treatment Services:

Depending on the health of the addict, their drug of choice and the severity of their addiction, the addiction specialist may also use other treatments such as:

· Individual health assessments

· Recovery coaching and assigning a recovery companion

· Develop a treatment plan and addiction counseling

· Detox treatment at home or at a facility, as needed

· Transportation to/from a facility

· Relapse prevention plan

Footprints of Serenity:

A great option for those focusing on recovery is Footprints of Serenity. Located in North Hollywood, Footprints of Serenity will provide the support the addict and family needs during this difficult time.  They will assess the addict, assign a caseworker and develop a plan to successfully achieve recovery.

Footprints of Serenity have a confidential client list so all treatment modalities will be private. They provide support to not only the addict but to family and friends as well, so they can provide support during the recovery phase and thereafter.

If you or someone you know needs help with substance abuse, contact us today at 213- 807-6327.

Five Tips: Perform an Easier Intervention For a Drug Addict

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When a loved one is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it is normal to feel worried. It is okay to feel angry. It is typical to feel scared, helpless, and afraid. The cycle of substance abuse can be vicious and can leave family members and friends looking for answers. One of the most common tools that loved ones will employ to help someone who is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol is called an intervention. At the same time, some interventions are more successful than others. There are a few tips that everyone should follow to give the intervention the best chance possible at being successful.

Make Sure to Plan Ahead

The first tip is to make sure to plan ahead. When an intervention is successful, it is not because it was spontaneous. It is because it was planned meticulously to ensure it was tailored both to the individual and the people holding the intervention. First, think about the location. The location should have an emotional attachment to the individual, such as a living room surrounded by photos of loved ones. Then, choose a time. Make sure that the individual will be present. It is helpful to know his or her schedule ahead of time. Then, consider having the presence of a licensed interventionist. This is a trained professional who has experience dealing with similar situations. Then, consider taking a practice run ahead of time. Be prepared to offer advice, love, support, and a variety of addiction treatment options. 

Try to Frame it in a Positive Manner

Next, an intervention has a higher chance of succeeding if it is framed in a positive manner. Substance abuse and addiction can not only devastate the health and safety of the individual but can also have a tremendous impact on someone’s psyche. This is how it takes a toll on family members and friends. Yes, an intervention develops out of desperation for the health of the loved one; however, it is critical to phrase this in a positive manner. Point out how many people showed up because they care. Stay away from being judgmental and blaming anyone. Present the facts of the situation. Reiterate that it is possible to recover with the help of trained professionals. This will make the intervention seem like a positive development because it is.

Be Prepared for Tension

Even though it is a good idea to plan for a positive outcome, it is also important to prepare for tension as well. People do not like being confronted with the negative consequences of their actions. It is a good idea to have food and drinks because the intervention may go on for a while and people need to be encouraged to stay. Make sure to remove anything from the room that might be used as a weapon. Sometimes, physical violence can happen; however, with the help of a trained professional, this risk will be minimized. Be prepared for anything to happen at an intervention. 

Think About Inpatient Treatment Ahead of Time

If someone elects to seek medical care as a result of the intervention, it is important to think about inpatient treatment. Often, following a successful intervention, the next few steps can unfold quickly. It can be helpful to have a bed secured ahead of time. If someone has to wait for a bed to come open, he or she might end up with a change of heart. Do not let this happen. Try to call an inpatient facility ahead of time and try to secure a bed as early as possible. Then, after the intervention, the loved one can proceed to substance abuse and addiction treatment quickly. Be prepared to escort him or her to the facility as well.

Remind the Individual They are Loved

Lastly, it is important to remind the loved one that he or she is loved. An intervention takes place out of care and compassion. Even though this can feel like a negative experience, interventions never happen unless someone cares. During this difficult time, remind the loved one that there is a powerful support network and, with everyone’s help, addiction can be conquered. This love is going to be critical during every step of the recovery process, from intervention to inpatient and on through outpatient programs and sobriety. 

Trust the Addiction Treatment Professionals at Footprints of Serenity

At Footprints of Serenity, we are alcohol and drug interventionists in Los Angeles. We provide a unique luxury program that combines modern treatment options with proven traditional methods in order to give our clients the best chance possible of recovering. We are here to help everyone along the journey to recovery with the care and compassion that each individual deserves. To learn more about how we can help you, call us today!

The Benefits of a Drug Addiction Intervention to The User

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Getting Intervention Help Could Save Your Life

Having an addiction problem can cause serious issues for your personal and professional life. It can prevent you from getting ahead in life and can cause a variety of problems that will end up alienating you from the ones you love. Addiction can end up crippling you in terms of health, finances, and interpersonal relationships. Addiction is oftentimes treated as a disease that can become a major problem in your life if it is not addressed directly. One of the most common types of addictions that people exhibit is illegal drugs and they remain steadily used in our society. Fortunately, there are addiction treatment options available that will help you overcome your addiction problems and find peace within yourself.

However, the first step towards recovery is to admit you have a problem. A lot of people do not want to admit that they have an addiction problem and will continue abusing the substance of their choice. Fortunately, there are interventions that can be held that will end up helping the person who is suffering from addiction. These interventions are meant to show that there are people out there who care about your well being and want the absolute best for you. Let’s take a closer look at how an individual can benefit from an intervention and how it can end up saving your life.

Understanding The Benefits of an Intervention

An intervention is something that is meant to show how much you care for an individual by coming together as a group with the intent of self-betterment. It is known that a person who receives an intervention will receive a wake-up-call that they were not aware of. However, it is important to understand what are the most effective ways of hosting an intervention for someone who is suffering. People do not always like the fact that they are receiving an intervention and may become defensive. Let’s take a closer look at some options that will help you reach out.

Preparing Your Intervention

Planning ahead of time what you are actually going to say is incredibly important. It will allow you to come up with what you want to get across to the person who is being affected by addiction. Understanding the person’s personality and their unique behaviors should help you come up with a game plan. Unfortunately, some people get very defensive when it comes to problems they may be having. This is why you want to make sure you have an interventionist on call in the event that the person cannot be reached by friends and family alone.

Choosing The Right Time and Place

Choosing the right time and place for intervention is an incredibly difficult thing to do. Some people may be caught off guard by the fact that they are approached randomly by a group of people whenever they are not expecting it. This is why you should discuss with your friends what a good time and place will be. Let it be on the person’s day off whenever they didn’t have anything planned for example. Planning an intervention before someone goes to work will end up leaving a bad taste in their mouth and they may resent you for it.

Surrounding Your Loved One With Positive Influences

Making sure that the person who is being affected by addiction has positive influences in their life will help them improve their wellbeing. Rehabilitation facilities such as Footprints of Serenity is an excellent example of how a community can come together to help someone heal and become a better person. It is important that you practice patience during this time of recovery. An intervention may not garner you the results you want immediately. Keep attempting to reach out with your friends and family to show the person that you truly care about them and that there is help out there. 

How to Support an Addicted Loved One

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Addiction is a crisis on a national level. Odds are that you have a loved one who needs addiction treatment. But finding ways to help your loved one get the treatment they need isn’t easy. They may feel like they don’t have a problem, or that they don’t want to stop. The addict may be afraid of stopping and uses excuses like they’ll lose their job or home if they seek treatment. How do we, as family and friends, help our loved ones get the treatment they need? It starts with understanding addiction as a mental illness, becoming aware of our actions, treating our loved ones with compassion, and finding help for ourselves to heal.

Understanding Addiction

Addiction isn’t a character defect or a moral failing. It’s a mental and physical illness. When a person becomes addicted, the neural pathways in the brain change. It rewires itself, and the body adjusts to relying on the substance to feel “normal.” The addict no longer has control over the substance. They experience a compulsion and mental obsession to use regardless of consequences.

Along with the physical and mental changes that happen with addiction, your loved one is also dealing with a lot of emotional issues around their substance abuse. Addicts start using because they are covering up feelings and emotions they don’t want to deal with. Many have a trauma they have experienced. When they come down, those feelings bubble up again, and they need to use to make them go away. Their substance of choice has become their coping mechanism for life. They’re afraid of giving it up because it’s the only thing that has ever worked for them. They experience incredible shame and self-loathing with their using.

Co-Dependency & Enabling

We can’t get our loved ones sober or into addiction treatment, but there are things that we can do ourselves to help. Many people who love addicts engage in codependency and enabling behaviors. They take responsibility for the addict’s actions. They ignore their own needs and focus on their loved ones. Family members may focus on “fixing” the other person and not have boundaries. These habits and behaviors keep our loved one sick.

You can stop enabling your loved one. Allow the addict to take responsibility for their actions. If they get arrested, don’t bail them out. If they run up a debt, don’t pay it off for them. These actions enable the addict to continue with their substance abuse. You should set boundaries that you feel comfortable with. For example, don’t participate in situations where your family member is using. Set an example by not indulging in recreational drugs or alcohol yourself, otherwise, they may see you as a hypocrite.

How to Support Your Loved One: Compassion

While some of these suggestions may sound harsh, it’s important to use them with love. The most important thing when dealing with a loved one who needs addiction treatment is to treat them with compassion. People who suffer from addiction often feel like no one cares about them. They’re full of self-loathing and believe they’re worthless. Instead of reinforcing the shame they already feel, try non-confrontational and supportive techniques. Recognize that your loved one is suffering and listen to them so that they feel heard. If they don’t want to talk about it, that’s okay – tell them that you’re there for them and will listen when they’re ready.

You want to validate any feelings or emotions they have and make sure that they know you care about them and will be there to comfort them. If you come to the addict with anger, you’re reinforcing what they already feel about themselves. Instead, let them know that you’re there for them, that you love them, and that you recognize that they’re suffering. Offer help and resources for addiction treatment. Be there for them when they’re ready.

Take Care of Yourself

As family and friends of an addict, it’s no surprise that addiction is actually a family disease and that you too will need treatment to recover. You need to deal with your feelings and emotions in healthy ways, otherwise trying to treat your loved one with compassion isn’t going to work. You need to take care of yourself, recognize your own emotions and needs, and meet them. You may not think that you are helping your loved one seek addiction treatment by taking care of yourself. But, if your world centers around the addict in your life and you put your feelings and needs first, you create healthy boundaries. Seek the help of a therapist or support group like AL-ANON. Learn how to detach with love and compassion. Learn how to take care of yourself and your family.

Loving an addict can take a lot out of you. But you need to remember that you didn’t cause the disease of addiction, and you can’t cure it or control it. What you can control is your actions, reactions, and the way that you interact with your loved one. Communicate with them lovingly and compassionately, and let them know that you’re there for them – that you see them, you hear them, and you love them. And hold onto the hope that they will seek the addiction treatment they need.

How to Reach Out To Your Addicted Loved One

You can never understand the effect alcohol and substance abuse have on an individual until it affects your loved one. At this point, you start wondering; how did they start? What led them to this unhealthy lifestyle? How can you be of help to them? Finding the right answers to these questions is difficult because they might not accept your help. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot reach out to them. Because the addiction problems are unique, you will need to devise ways to help them overcome their problems. Here’s how:

The Things to Avoid

Playing the blame game

Blaming them for their woes is one of the worst things you can do as a person who is reaching out. They will not only make an enemy out of you, but they will also go back to the drugs to drown their miseries. It doesn’t matter whether you are the cause of their habits or they started doing it for fun.

Confronting them when they are high

When an addict is high on drugs, they tend to have irrational thoughts. Confronting or having a candid conversation is an uphill task because of their state of mind. Insisting on doing this not only escalates into arguments, but it also triggers their aggressive behaviors.

Enabling

Your addicted friend or relative can easily make you feel like you are the cause of their decisions. Covering-up or making excuses to justify their habits only allows them to become habitual liars and trigger their habits. It makes them believe that they are justified to take more drugs because they hold others responsible.

Setting unrealistic expectations

You may not like the idea of associating with an addict. You start thinking that it takes a day, week, or a month to recover. Well, that isn’t entirely true. The journey to sobriety is a gradual process that is filled with challenges such as withdrawal symptoms, triggers, anxiety, cravings, and many more. This is a perfect recipe for future heartaches if you had higher expectations.

What to Do

Have a one-on-one conversation with them

Addicted people tend to isolate themselves from people for fear of being judged or intimidated because of their actions. For this reason, they will avoid anyone who tries to talk them out of their unhealthy habits. As a person who has their interest at heart, you need to have a sober one-on-one conversation, instead of gathering a battalion.

Get a quiet place where they feel comfortable. Let them air their frustrations if there’s any. Adapt a compassionate conversation with them to avoid provoking them any further. That way, they will open up to you.

Be positive

Did you know that more than 200 Americans die from drug-related overdose each day? The fear of losing a loved one on drugs is inevitable. Feeling sorry for them won’t help them either. Like any other disease, drug addiction is treatable. This is the time to look on the bright side. When you stay positive, they will also see light at the end of the tunnel.

Encourage healthy habits

Most addicts aren’t keen on what they eat, how they dress, and how they view life. You see, drugs only give them what they want to believe. Addiction worsens their mental, physical, and physiological wellbeing when they indulge in unhealthy lifestyles.

Always encourage them to adopt healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet, exercise, and rediscovering their hobbies. That way, they will be quick to accept professional help and stay healthy.

Recommend professional help

A person with an addiction problem isn’t quick to ditch the habit because they are delusional. You might not realize the effect it will have on you, and the rest of your family members, until they go back to drugs. At this point, you can stage an intervention led by their loved ones and a professional in a supportive environment.

During the intervention, the assigned therapist will give everyone a chance to voice their opinions on alcohol and substance abuse. Though the addict may remain in denial about their condition, an intervention is a perfect plan to help them to think otherwise.

It takes compassion, enlightenment, and patience to help someone who is enslaved to drugs. If left untreated, it can cause a rift between them. Accepting and reaching out before it gets worse, is one of the best ways to help them.

About Footprints of Serenity

As an intervention facility located in the North Hollywood area of Los Angeles, Footprints of Serenity provides a holistic approach to persons battling addiction. Among the services they provide include; interventions, recovery companion, counseling among others. Visit our official website to book an appointment and to discover the types of services we offer.

Conclusion

Finding the right addiction treatment for your loved one involves a series of steps. You need to understand the Do’s and Don’ts to ensure they drop their unhealthy lifestyles and maintain a good relationship with their families and friends. In everything you do, always remember that addiction is a disease like any other. Remember, how you approach the issue will either help or worsen their addiction problems. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, reach out to us at Footprints of Serenity.