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Overcoming Addiction Through Rehab


Published on Addiction is a terrible condition that can take it's toll on those who are addicts and their loved ones. Coping with addictions is difficult, but with the right steps and adequate assistance, recovery is possible.

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Overcoming Addiction Through Rehab

  1. 1. Addiction Rehabilitation Coping With Addiction
  2. 2. The Disease Model Of Addiction Many of us have a person in our lives that suffers with addiction. For a long time it was believed that undesirable behavior such as compulsive gambling, unsafe sex, and substance abuse was merely caused by a lack of morals. Doctors these days recognize that addiction is an illness, and that is good news for those who suffer from addiction. The disease model of addiction gives hope, rather than giving those of suffer from addiction an excuse for their behavior. Those of suffer from addiction can seek methodsto get better through addiction rehab programs and becomenormally functioning people, because of the knowledge that addiction is a disease.
  3. 3. The Manifestation Of Addictions There are many different of ways that the disease of addictioncan appear. The disease at the core is the same, no matter whatbehavior a person specifically struggles with. It may seem harder for the addict participating in prostitution or crime to enable a habit of street drugs, than it does for those whose disease of addiction is quieter and easier to hide, and this is part of what can make addiction difficult for concerned family and friends to comprehend. The nature of addiction keeps the people who need help most from asking for it and seeking addictiontreatment and rehab. Instead, those with the disease of addictionexist in a world of isolation and desperation, cloaking their issues from society.
  4. 4. The Stress Created By AddictionsLoved ones become overly stressed attempting to assist those ofsuffer from addiction in their lives, but as much as they love theirfamily members or friends struggling with addiction, they lack the understanding of the disease of addiction that would enablethem to make more of a difference. The disease of addiction is a treatable disease and many addicts recover, but helping the still sick and suffering addicts is not always easy.
  5. 5. Refraining From Addictive BehaviorThe very first thing that family members and friends should do to assist the addicts in their lives is to entirely refrain from enablingthe addicts addictive behaviors. Often it is the addicts spouse or parents that will feel guilty and helpless, and end up providingthe ways and means for the person to keep using, but it could be anyone. The disease of addiction makes addicts do things they dont want to do, to get things that they dont want to get. This includes manipulating the loved ones they care about the most, so that they can keep up their harmful behavior.
  6. 6. The First Steps Towards RehabOnce the enablers in an addicts life refuse to be complicit in their loved ones addiction, the suffering addict has no choice but to look at the harsh reality of their disease. Now begins anuncomfortable period for family and friends as they see someone they love deeply experience pain and can not give help, but it iscrucial for addiction rehab and recovery that they do not interfere and offer an easier softer way.
  7. 7. The Pain Of Withdrawal This is a time when the people in an addicts life must understand that they too are powerless over their loved ones addiction. The friends and family who have been watching and waiting can step in and help them recover, when an addict has exhausted ways and means to get more and is willing to get help. Addiction is an insidious disease and the last person to realize just how unbearable things are is usually the addicted person themselves. Addicts are masters of selective memory, rationalization and justification. Many endure through tens of years of the disease while believing that its "not that bad". Any assistance offered before the addict reaches a point of desperation and reaches out for help on their own is usually ineffective. Recovery can begin, however, when this point of willingness is reached. The most helpful thing that concernedfamily and friends can do now is help the person they care about enroll in an addiction rehab.
  8. 8. Addiction Rehab CentersIn addition to helping addicts get through detox, spending time inan addiction rehabilitation gives addicts many other resources for their recovery. Becoming a member of a recovery group within the rehab gives the recovering person a sense of belonging and shared experience that they most likely havent felt since their addiction began. The rehab workers give hope and guidance, especially in counseling sessions where the addict get a chance to vent and explore issues that they may have kept hiddenbecause of fear or feelings of shame. Perhaps most importantly, time in a rehab can get the addict ready to re-enter society, by exposing them to supportive groups such as addiction recovery groups.
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