How do you get people to treatment, especially those who don’t realize they have a problem?
It depends on the severity of the problem and the openness of the individual. Candidly discuss your concerns with the person, refer to a therapist, refer to support group, or utilize an interventionist.
- If you are drinking at the risky level or taking prescribed medications, monitor your use
- How often and how much
- How does it affect you
- What are pros and cons
- Ask for help
How would someone go about finding a treatment center?
Ask a therapist or physician who you know. You can search the web, but ultimately, you need to talk to the place and ask the right questions (typical length of stay, discharge plans/activities, use of medications for psychiatric and addiction…), etc.
How would someone find the right treatment program for a loved one?
Answers to the following questions will help you find the right program:
- Do they have a physician
- Do they treat other psychiatric conditions
- Mood 28-29%
- Anxiety 23-37%
- Do they have individual and group
- Do they encourage support group participation
What about 12 Step programs? Do they work? I see in TV commercials that some programs do not believe in 12 step programs.
12 step programs (AA, NA) work. While there has been limited research as to the efficacy of 12 step support programs, we know that people who participate in 12 step groups as part of their overall treatment or as part of their discharge plan tend do have better outcomes than those who don’t.
I360 is not a “12 step” program. i360 brings together the results of the past 2 decades of research into the treatment of addictions, including addiction and psychiatric medications, individual and family counseling, addiction education, support groups, nutritional and physical well being and a number of other services dependent on client needs.
What can I do as prevention, if someone in my family is high risk for addiction?
Talk about risk factors for them (family history, environment, personal)
Increase awareness of consequences with your loved one.
Learn the signs of use/abuse (change in school/work performance, change in relationships, new friends, drug paraphernalia