Short answer: any drug user can be rehabilitated; even a severe meth user. Whether or not it is possible is not the question. Whether the drug user wants to and if there is an available facility to me the user’s needs is the answer. Many times it is up to friends or family members to give the addict the support they need to find an adequate rehab center. There are several things you need to understand before you intervene into your loved one’s lifestyle of addiction. This is not just a “yes” or “no” choice. There are fears, doubts, and other mental issues involved. An addict agreeing to going to a rehab center is in essence agreeing that they have a problem. That is not easy to take for some.
The competition for rehab centers is very overwhelming. One center will boast the highest success rating, another will boast the best results; finding the right one can be a task in its own. However, embarking on the road to recovery will be a high climb for your addicted loved one and they will need all the support they can get. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has listed various points in regards to effective treatment. These are but a few of the points that should be considered while researching the various drug rehab facilities in the nation.
1) Addiction affects the brain and function of a person. The drugs that the person has introduced into their body have affected various points of the brain and can lead to behavioral issues long after use. Relapse is very common in facilities that do not completely cleanse the body of the physical drug because the body will then begin to crave it in the withdrawal stages.
2) No “one size fits all” when it comes to rehab. Every person comes into rehab with a different story, body type, and their own set of “triggers”. There is no universal rehab that will cure every addiction, so the type of rehab is very important. Look for centers that have flexible styles and will curb a program to match the needs of the addict.
3) Rehab must be ready NOW. Because addicts can be hesitant to go to rehab in the first place, their program should be ready now. Addicts can change their minds and continue to spiral down in life if the service isn’t readily available.
4) Time to recover is a must. There has to be a program that allows the individual to stay at the facility, or work through their rehab with enough time to fully recover. According to extended research, three months is the recommended minimum for an addict to get their life back. Any service that boasts a quick, two-week recovery should be overlooked.
5) Programs should change as the patient changes. The programs for the addict should be continually monitored and changes as the patient’s needs change. Once they begin to deal with their issues, they might need to be in counseling for a bit longer, or need a bit less of their medication. It is important for a facility to understand that as the person changes and grows, or represses, so too should the program.
A 25-Year Miracle Through Narconon Arrowhead Treatment
Salila’s sister was an addict for over 25 years. Then in January 2000 she found Narconon Arrowhead. The staff there helped shape up her life, giving her just the rehab she needed to get through that phase. In July 2000, she completed the program and has been unquestionably clean ever since. With Narconon, she found a new outlook on life. After 25 years of destroying herself physically and mentally, she was able to climb out of the darkness and is now living her life to the fullest. Anyone can overcome a drug addiction, no matter how far in they are. They need the right attitude and the right facility.
National Institute for Drug Abuse – http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/principles-effective-treatment