I’m Seeking Treatment for a Loved One
Common Questions and Answers for People Seeking Treatment on Behalf of a Loved One
How do I know if my loved one is addicted?
No one wants to admit that their spouse, child, or friend has a problem with drugs or alcohol, but coming to terms with the problem is one of the best things you can do to help your loved one get better.
Since every person experiences addiction differently, it doesn’t always look the same, but there are several telltale signs of drug use and addiction that you can look for. If you believe your loved one is addicted, it may help to answer the following questions:
- Is your loved one unable to control his or her drug usage?
- Does your loved one continue to use drugs despite the physical, emotional, and relational harm it causes?
- Does your loved one spend the majority of his or her time using drugs instead of doing things he or she used to enjoy?
- Does your loved one get into dangerous and/or life-threatening situations while under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
- Does your loved one neglect important obligations like work, school, or family?
- Does your loved one spend all his or her money on drugs and alcohol?
- Does your loved one frequently isolate his or herself from the rest of your friends or family members and act very secretive?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of the questions listed above, your loved one may be physically dependent or addicted to drugs and should get help immediately.
How do I get my loved one to go to treatment?
If you haven’t spoken to your loved one about seeking treatment, approach them in a caring manner and let them know that you are concerned about them and believe they need help. Be careful not to be accusatory and point fingers. Instead, emphasize the harm that the drug use has caused in their life (as well as the lives of others around them) and use specific examples to illustrate your point. In addition, try to use “I feel” statements like, “When you (insert specific action), I feel (insert emotion)” to further explain how their substance abuse has impacted your life personally.
Although a one-on-one conversation may be enough to get some people into treatment, others may be in denial about their addiction. In fact, denial is very common in situations like these. If your loved one refuses to believe that he or she has a problem, Nova Recovery Center can help connect you with a professional interventionist who will assist you in planning a productive intervention for your loved one. We pair clients and interventionists based on individual circumstances and financial abilities.
What are my loved one’s treatment options?
Your loved one may choose to pursue a variety of different treatment options at Nova Recovery Center, but many people need to start with a drug detox program before they can enroll in rehab. After your loved one completes a detox program, he or she will have the following treatment options at Nova.
Drug and alcohol detox – Detox is a brief period of medical treatment and counseling that helps a person overcome their physical and psychological dependence on a drug. It can last anywhere from five to seven days (or longer) at one of our detox centers. The primary goals of detox are to help the client get sober, relieve any uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal, and treat any co-occurring medical or psychiatric conditions. These treatment objectives help prepare the client for entry into a drug and alcohol rehab program, which is the next stage of addiction treatment.
Drug and alcohol rehab – Drug and alcohol rehab at Nova Recovery Center is designed to help clients overcome their addiction and maintain their sobriety. We offer a long-term rehab program that lasts 90 days. Although this may seem like a long time compared to other 30 or 60-day treatment programs, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that addiction treatment that lasts at least 90 days is associated with more positive treatment outcomes. Nova’s gender-specific inpatient addiction treatment center is located near Austin, Texas and provides a comfortable, home-like experience for clients throughout the duration of their rehab program, which consists of 12-step group work and a variety of evidence-based therapies and modalities to treat drug and alcohol addiction.
IOP – Nova’s IOP or intensive outpatient programs are structured addiction treatment sessions facilitated by a licensed clinical counselor. IOP typically lasts eight weeks and group sessions are held in a safe, comfortable clinical setting in Austin and Houston, Texas. Discussions cover topics such as social skills, restructuring thoughts and behaviors, relapse prevention, problem-solving and more. IOP treatment can be a good substitute for inpatient rehab if the client cannot commit to a 90-day inpatient program, although completing both residential treatment and IOP is also very beneficial.
Sober living – Our sister company, Eudaimonia Recovery Homes, provides sober living programs that are designed to help clients make the transition from rehab to independent living by providing a safe, structured, and sober group home environment. Clients may remain enrolled in a sober living program for weeks, months, or years depending on their needs. The primary goals of our transitional housing programs for men, women, and LGBTQ individuals are to empower each client with structure, support, and accountability as they learn to live sober on their own. We achieve these goals with regular drug and alcohol testing, recovery programming, and support services, including employment and education assistance and personal monitoring. Eudaimonia offers sober living houses and apartments in several locations around the country.
Aftercare – After a client completes a sober living program and has successfully rejoined society as a sober individual, he or she may choose to continue treatment with an aftercare program. These programs are designed specifically for alumni who have already completed our drug and alcohol rehab program but who would like continued support and accountability to maintain their sobriety. Group sessions meet once a week and can be used as sobriety check-ins. The groups frequently discuss personal problems, challenges they are facing, and encourage one another in their sobriety.
Addiction treatment is a long-term process and most often consists of various different stages of treatment. At Nova, our continuum of care is specifically designed to carry clients through each stage of treatment so they can emerge a capable, well-functioning and sober individual.
How do I know what type of treatment my loved one needs?
As you search for a treatment program for your loved one, it’s very important that you ask the right questions. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), there are five main questions you should consider:
- Does the program use treatments backed by scientific evidence? Nova’s drug and alcohol rehab program uses a blend of behavioral therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management and group therapy to help your loved one overcome their addiction. These methods are backed by scientific research and can be individualized to best suit your loved one’s needs.
- Will the program tailor its treatment to the needs of your loved one? The key to finding success in drug and alcohol rehab is to make sure the rehab program addresses your loved one’s needs and circumstances. Nova’s long-term rehab program provides a wide range of therapies and services to meet the specific needs of your loved one.
- Will the program adapt treatment as your loved one’s needs change? High-quality addiction treatment plans should be reassessed and modified as your loved one’s needs change. At Nova, we provide a flexible continued care plan that is updated regularly to provide the best treatment results possible.
- Is the duration of treatment sufficient? The appropriate duration and type of treatment will depend on your loved one’s needs, but research shows that people need at least three months in treatment to reduce or stop all drug use. Nova Recovery Center offers a 90-day drug and alcohol rehab program to give your loved one enough time to adjust to a new lifestyle and learn the essential skills and tools to maintain their sobriety.
- How do 12-step or similar recovery programs fit into drug addiction treatment? Self-help groups like AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), NA (Narcotics Anonymous), or CA (Cocaine Anonymous) are all based on the 12-step program and can enhance the effects of a drug and alcohol rehab program. Nova’s addiction treatment program integrates 12-step work into each client’s addiction treatment program to provide a well-rounded treatment program that encourages peer support and guidance.
When should my loved one enroll in treatment?
There’s never a perfect time to enroll a loved one in an addiction treatment program and despite popular opinion, it is certainly not necessary to wait until your loved one hits “rock bottom” before taking action. In fact, the earlier an addiction is addressed, the better off your loved one will be. As soon as you realize that your loved one is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, you should address the issue and begin talking to them about their treatment options. Please contact the Nova admissions team today to learn more about treatment options or to enroll your loved one in an addiction treatment program.
What are my loved one’s options when it comes to paying for treatment?
At Nova Recovery Center, we provide many different payment options that can make addiction treatment more affordable for your loved one. Payment options include:
- Medical insurance – If your loved one has medical insurance or is covered by your insurance plan, you may be able to use your medical benefits to supplement the cost of treatment. We work with most insurance providers to lower your out-of-pocket cost for treatment. Of course, the final cost of treatment for your loved one will vary based on the insurance policy. A Nova admissions specialist can verify your insurance benefits over the phone today.
- Third-party loans – We also work with third-party loan providers to help our clients pay for addiction treatment. In this case, you or your loved one may be able to take out a loan and make financed payments to cover the cost of treatment.
- Employee Assistance Programs – Many employers offer Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) to help their employees deal with personal issues, such as drug abuse. These plans are typically paid for by the employer and in most cases, the benefits will extend to family members who are covered by your medical insurance. If your employer or your loved one’s employer offers an EAP, he or she may be able to use those benefits to reduce the cost of treatment. A Nova admissions specialist can walk you through this process if you choose to use your EAP program benefits.
- Out-of-pocket payment – You or your loved one may also choose to pay for treatment out-of-pocket with cash, check or a debit card. If so, you may be eligible for a discount.
What will help me cope with my loved one’s addiction?
The effects of drug and alcohol addiction are extremely painful and far-reaching. If you feel like you’re falling apart and you don’t know what to do, you are not alone. Coping with a loved one’s addiction is difficult and you are not expected to do it by yourself. In fact, you should find comfort in knowing that there are others who are experiencing the same things you are.
One of the best ways you can cope with your loved one’s addiction is by joining a family support group like Nar-Anon. These groups are designed to provide support, encouragement, and healing to friends and family members of addicted individuals. Support groups meet regularly and there may be several different options in your local area. For assistance finding a support group, please contact your loved one’s counselor or program coordinator at Nova.
Another great way to cope with your loved one’s addiction is to focus on taking care of yourself. Frequently, when a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, their family members and friends suffer personally in many ways, as they struggle to manage and deal with the consequences of their loved one’s actions. This constant struggle is exhausting, defeating, and can take a major toll on your physical, emotional, and mental health.
While your loved one is away getting treatment for their addiction, use the time to focus on taking care of yourself. Make sure you eat nutritious meals, make an effort to get adequate sleep, exercise regularly, and spend time doing the things you enjoy like reading, hiking, or sewing.
If you still find that you’re struggling to cope with the effects of your loved one’s substance abuse, you may also want to consider working with a therapist on an individual basis. Your doctor may be able to provide a recommendation for you.
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