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Find the Best Addiction Treatment Program for a Loved One

Posted on :  February 1st, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Drug addiction and recovery is not just a Canadian thing. It is an epidemic all around the world. The problems that come with addiction and recovery do not just affect the addict; the friends and family of the addict are affected, too. So, what should friends and family do when they need to help a loved one who is struggling with addiction?

One of the best things to do is find professional help. This is challenging for friends and family who have never had to deal with addiction and recovery. They may wonder what the options are and what the best treatment is for their loved one. Here is a quick tutorial on types of treatment and how to pick the right place for a loved one:

What types of treatment programs are available?

  • Outpatient programs
  • Inpatient programs
  • Residential programs
  • Counseling

The different types of programs all work in similar ways. By using a variety of different techniques based on the addiction, they strive to remove the addictive substance from the body and teach the addict how to cope with life after addiction. Some will use independent and group counseling and some will use drug therapy, like methadone to break deadly addictions.

How to Help Your Loved One

Once you recognized that a loved one has an addiction, it is best to remain calm. Addicts will notice if a friend or family member seems uneasy. Before you make any rash decisions, it is best to talk to a professional, like a therapist who specializes in drug addiction. When it comes to helping an addict, education is the key to success. The more you know, the more you can help.

Many addicts will not want to talk about the addiction, so it is important to be able to talk to your loved one. There are several methods of intervening successfully with an addict and there are several things that friends and family can do that will close off any lines of communication. Before you make an attempt at an intervention, work with a counselor who can help you learn what to do and what to say.

Things to Consider

It is also a good idea to visit different treatment programs in your area. There are treatment programs that are designed for 28 days or up to 90 days before releasing the recovered addict. Your loved one might not need anything that long – an outpatient program might be best. Different drug addictions require more work to fight, so speaking to a representative from the different programs is a good way to judge what would be best for your loved one. There are studies that have shown that longer programs are more successful than the short-term ones.

You will also want to consider the location of the program. Your loved one might succeed in a center close to home, or you might know that your loved one needs to be far away from home for success. A treatment center close to home does add convenience for friends and family, but it could also put your loved one in an uncomfortable predicament if someone he or she knows works there or checks in. It is important to be flexible in deciding where to get help.

It is also important to choose a facility that is well-maintained. You will want to visit so you can see how clean the facility is and how regularly rooms are cleaned. Check out the meal schedules and what is served. It is also helpful to look for different accreditation programs to see what standards the treatment center meets. It is also a good idea to ask the representatives from the treatment center about their programs for addicts.

At Towards Recovery Clinics, we serve heroin addicts with our methadone programs. We are always happy to discuss options with friends and family members before they decide to intervene with an addict.

Contact us at 905-527-2042 or email at with questions.

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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