We understand that families often feel a tremendous amount of responsibility when it comes to providing support that their loved ones need. We also know that regardless of what you do, you may at times feel like you could be doing more.
Drug and alcohol addictions do not just consume the life of the individual battling the addiction. They also have lasting repercussions on the everyday lives of family members, which is why we would advise you not to attempt to deal with drug and alcohol treatment on your own.
It is a common misconception that seeking intervention will prevent you from directly supporting your loved one, but when drug and alcohol issues are present, professional treatment such as rehab is the best solution.
How to Know When It Is Time to Intervene
If you have reason to believe that your loved one’s relationship with alcohol or drugs has escalated, we would first advise you to consider whether you have noticed any physical or psychological differences in them. These differences may include;
- – Excessive consumption of alcohol at various times in the day
- – Lack of energy
- – Changes in moods, including an increase in mood swings and defensive behaviours and attitudes
- – An excessive amount of money being spent, but nothing to show for it
- – An increase in excuses being made for missing events, being late home from work, going out late at night or not going to work
- – Slurred speech
- – Unexpected weight loss or weight gain, or other changes in physical appearance
If you have spotted a number of these differences, the next step is to have a calm conversation. Discussing that you believe intervention is in their best interest can be a somewhat difficult discussion, not only for you but for them too.
Many individuals that require drug and alcohol rehabilitation will not believe that they need support. They may not even believe that they have an addiction. It is highly recommended that you have this conversation with them at a time that they are unlikely to be under any substance influence, such as first thing in the morning.
It is also time to intervene when the drug or alcohol addiction begins to take its toll on your physical and psychological health. While you may think it is selfish, you simply cannot provide the support your loved one needs when their relationship with drugs or alcohol creates a toxic home environment, nor are you expected too.
The Referral Process – Referring Someone Else
As daunting as making initial contact with us may seem, our professional team are here to offer free, confidential advice and support to you and your loved one.
When you contact us, we will ask you to explain the signs and symptoms that you have noticed to enable us to offer the right help. If rehab is the best solution, we will then contact a suitable drug and alcohol rehab in Stretford to arrange an intervention. If rehab is not the right solution, we will recommend other treatments. This could include detox or therapy with a counsellor.
What Will Happen at Rehab?
The Drug and Alcohol Rehabs in Stretford are private, which means that when your loved one enters rehab, they will become an inpatient. As a result, throughout their treatment, your loved one will live at the centre while they receive treatment.
While the thought of your loved one living away from home as they receive treatment may be unsettling, we guarantee that they will have everything they need during their stay in rehab.
Depending on their addiction and the amount of treatment they require, inpatients typically spend four to twelve weeks in rehab. During this time, they will progress through three stages of treatment.
- – Detox – When entering rehab, the first step of treatment that your loved one will experience is detoxification. This initial treatment usually lasts for seven days and sees toxins flushed from their systems. Throughout detoxification, it is common for individuals to experience withdrawal symptoms. As a result, rehab will provide them with around the clock care and support.
- – Therapy – Having successfully completed their detoxification treatment, individual and group therapy sessions are carried out. These therapy sessions provide inpatients with the skills and tools they need to successfully deal with any triggers they may experience in the future. Equipped with the right tools, they will be less likely to relapse and will have a successful long-term recovery.
- – Aftercare – upon completing their treatment in rehab, we continue to support individuals to mitigate drug or alcohol relapse. This is often conducted through additional counselling sessions or by attending groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
How Do I Support Them?
Before, during and after your loved one’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation, you can provide support in a number of ways.
During their time in rehab, phone calls and care packages are permitted. These packages could include photos that will remind them of happy times and letters telling them that you are proud of them for the progress they are making. It is advised that you discuss with the rehab if there are any items that they do not permit as your loved one goes through treatment.
As they leave rehab and commence aftercare, simply lending an ear or letting them know you are there for them goes a long way.
What Should I Do Next?
If you are looking for a suitable drug and alcohol rehab in Stretford for your loved one, let us give you a helping hand.
Call us today on 0151 268 6992. Together, we can ensure that your loved one receives the support they need.