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Where to Find a Drug Rehab for a Loved One?

Addiction continues to be a taboo subject, with most people skirting around the issue rather than facing it head-on.

The issue of where to find a drug rehab often arises once a person has actually come to terms with the fact that he or she has a problem. Getting to this point can be a struggle though and many family members and friends initially find it hard to get a loved one to accept that he or she needs help.

The trouble with substances such as drugs is that they cloud the mind and can actually alter the way the brain functions. When someone becomes addicted to drugs, he or she will be using them regularly, which can result in changed neural pathways and damage to certain areas of the brain; areas that are responsible for clear thinking and good decision making. This makes it harder for addicts to see what is clear to those around them.

So before you even consider where to find a drug rehab for a loved one, you need to get to the point where your loved one is ready to accept help. But how can you do that?

Is Your Loved One Addicted to Drugs?

The signs of addiction can be difficult to spot, especially in the early days. You may have noticed subtle changes in this person’s behaviour, but you could not quite put your finger on the cause of it. Most people abusing drugs will hide what they are doing from those around them, especially if they are abusing illegal substances.

However, their behaviour will start to change and over time there will be no way to hide that something is wrong. As use of the drug spirals out of control, it will become increasingly obvious to those around an addict that some sort of chemical substance is to blame.

Addiction to any mood-altering substance can cause a number of physical and behavioural changes that you can look out for. If you are looking for clues, then you should be alert to the following symptoms:

  • Sudden changes in weight
  • Dilated pupils
  • Bloodshot, glazed, or red eyes
  • Slurred speech
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Lethargy
  • Changes in social circles
  • Change in personality
  • Becoming isolated or secretive
  • Money problems.

While the above are not definitive signs of drug abuse, they will give you something to go on, especially if you find other evidence such as drug paraphernalia or substances that you do not recognise.

Encouraging a Loved One to Seek Help

The first time you broach the subject of drug addiction with someone you love will probably leave you fraught with tension. Addiction continues to be a taboo subject, with most people skirting around the issue rather than facing it head-on.

As there are so much shame and stigma still attached to this illness, most do not want to accuse someone of fear they are wrong. And even those with the illness will not want to accept it as truth and will often live in denial.

Nevertheless, if you believe that someone you love is addicted to any type of mood-altering substance, you need to act as soon as possible. In an ideal world, he or she will already know there is a problem and will be relieved that you have brought the subject up. But you should be prepared to be met with denial, and even anger and resentment.

Even when addicts know deep down that they have a problem, many will not want to admit it and will angrily deny the suggestion that they have an addiction. Readily accepting that they have a problem is not something that many affected individuals are prepared to do, but you cannot give up. Although you cannot force a loved one into treatment, there are things that you can do to give them a gentle nudge in the right direction.

The first is to have a calm discussion with the person and explain your concerns. Try to avoid accusations and anger but discuss the pain and hurt that you are feeling because of his or her actions. You might find that your loved one is more open to the suggestion that you believe he or she is ‘in danger’ of becoming addicted rather than being already addicted. Most people find it particularly hard to admit that they are an addict.

What to Do if Your Loved One Refuses Help

Do not be surprised if the person is not willing to listen to you. Many addicts live in denial and are either unable or unwilling to accept the seriousness of their situation. It may be that your loved one is not ready to give up the substance that he or she is abusing or is unable to see the damage that use of this substance is causing.

If he or she is flat-out refusing to accept help, then you may need to consider staging a family intervention. An intervention is a meeting where you and a group of other people will meet with the individual to encourage him or her to accept help.

The idea is that those who attend this meeting are close to the addict and are individuals that he or she loves and respects. Each person will take it in turns to explain the hurt that has been caused by the addiction. The good news is that interventions are highly successful, but you should be aware that you need to have sufficient evidence or proof of the harm that has been caused.

This means having examples of negative behaviour on the part of the addict that has caused hurt and pain to family members. What you should also be aware of is the fact that you will need to have a plan of action in place should the intervention prove to have a successful outcome.

Finding a Drug Rehab for a Loved One

Before the intervention takes place, you will need to do your research. When it comes to where to find a drug rehab, you will have plenty of options. Rehab is available through the NHS, charity organisations and private clinics. You could also call us here at UK Rehab for advice and information on the options available to you.

Having a drug rehab in place before the intervention is important. You will have only a small window of opportunity to get the affected person into a treatment programme. After an intervention, many addicts will be open to the idea of help and so this is the time when you will have the best chance of getting him or her to start a programme. If you wait for the individual to admit the problem before starting your search, you will be giving him or her time to have a change of heart.

Therefore, where to find a drug rehab is a crucial issue that you need to consider. As previously mentioned, UK Rehab can help with this. What you should know is that you have the choice of inpatient or outpatient programmes.

Private clinics provide most inpatient programmes, and there is a cost involved with this type of care. Nevertheless, the main advantage of private clinics is the fact that they can usually admit patients within hours while the concentrated programme means your loved one will have the chance to get better in the shortest amount of time.

Your other option is an outpatient programme, which will likely be provided free of charge by the NHS or a local charity. The downside of such free programmes is the fact that there is likely to be a waiting time before a place becomes available. The demands placed on these programmes as well as the fact that they are underfunded means that many people have a wait before their initial appointment.

There is a lot to think about in terms of where to find a drug rehab, but know that you can speak to us here at UK Rehab if you have any queries or if you need help finding a programme of treatment for someone you love. Call today for more information about how we can help you.

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