Once you get to the point you know help is needed, even more confusion sets in as you try to figure out the next step.
I believe one of the greatest hurdles for many people is deciding which direction they are supposed to go in finding the proper help. What service do you need, what kind of professional, and what kind of facility?
There are a few things to consider when you look for help. One of the first issues to think about is, what is the person’s drug of choice? If you are talking about an alcoholic, is it someone who drinks everyday or has the person gone several days without a drink? Alcohol is a very dangerous withdrawal. If your person is actively drunk or within 24 hours of their last drink, then detox is what you need first.
There are different detox facilities across the city. In the local hospitals that have detox units you go through the emergency room to get checked out and possibly admitted. Independent detox facilities work a little differently and you can call them directly to learn their procedures.
With any substance, if your person is actively under the influence, the best first step is detox. Substances wreak havoc on your body and mind, and some are very dangerous. Medical guidance is always a good idea to start.
Next, is to consider if your person is in need of inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, individual counseling, or a sober living environment. This sounds like a lot of options, but depending on the situation it becomes clear which way to go.
The most important thing you can do is contact a professional to help guide you through the process of addiction help. It is overwhelming trying to create a plan when you aren’t even clear on which direction to go. And the thing I hear most from families is how much relief they feel when we put a clear cut plan together that makes sense.
Inpatient treatment is a great option for someone getting sober, after detox. Outpatient treatment is a good option also under the right circumstances. And sober living has shown evidence of nearly doubling the success rate of recovery. It’s my opinion that sober living is a must after inpatient treatment, and oftentimes a must in tandem with outpatient treatment.
The important thing is to seek guidance. Any kind of treatment is a very serious decision and it deserves the time and energy to make a good choice.
There are a lot of options, and we are happy to help.