Saving the Ones You Love From Addiction

Understand the disease of addiction, and find out what to look for in treatment options.

“The readiness is all.” —William Shakespeare

Before an individual is ready to accept substance abuse and addiction treatment, it’s nearly impossible to provide it. As seen through Danielle’s story on The Dr. Oz Show, accepting an intervention and then making the life-saving commitment to treatment can be unbelievably daunting.

Addiction is a disease — one that can cause a person to act in ways unimaginable and heartbreaking to their family and loved ones. The disease of addiction is multi-faceted, with different societal factors, stressors, and unaddressed behavioral health issues fueling it. It can tear families apart and destroy lives. And while there is more than one path to recovery, the best and most effective is one that is based on each individual’s story.

Before seeking treatment for yourself or a loved one, it is crucial to understand that addiction is a medical condition that should be treated as such. It is equally important to face the reality that readiness plays a big factor in accepting treatment.

Individuals struggling through addiction need appropriate treatment in order to begin to heal. This can include medication-assisted treatment, which can serve as an effective tool to help reduce cravings along with the effects of withdrawal and dependency. But rebuilding a life takes more than just an acute intervention. Sustained recovery requires a transformation where behavioral health issues to be addressed; it takes a caring, passionate support system; and it takes readiness to be able to accept help. In order to begin to rebuild a healthy life after addiction, a full-continuum of care is needed, which can extend far beyond initial treatment.

As the President and CEO of Integrity House, a nationally recognized rehabilitation facility with locations in Newark, Jersey City, and Secaucus, New Jersey, I understand the confusion and overwhelming feeling while looking for the right treatment center for yourself or for loved ones. After identifying and accepting the problem, what’s next?

It’s crucial for anyone suffering from this disease, along with their families, to understand that there are qualified and licensed counselors who want to help you and will not pass judgement or condemn you, no matter what. Drug rehabilitation centers are not meant to punish those in the darkest time of their lives, but rather to help rebuild the lives of individuals and their families with treatment and recovery support that brings about long-term lifestyle changes.

Everybody has individual needs. Not every rehabilitation center or recovery program may suit every person walking through their doors. So, it’s important to research centers both in and out of your area, reach out to them and see what they can offer. They will be happy to walk you through their recovery programs to determine what is the best course of action for you or your loved one.

Remember, treatment centers are available to save lives and help fight this disease.

But understand this: Addiction treatment and recovery is not easy. Beware of centers that purport to treat addiction in a quick fix setting.  The temptation to try to minimize the discomfort of substance abuse treatment is great, but masking the darker side of addiction can be counter-productive.

As some would say, “it takes a village.” Treatment centers like Integrity House are committed to working alongside you to not only curb substance abuse dependency, but to identify an individualized recovery program and necessary services to make positive, sustainable lifestyle changes. At Integrity House, you are never alone in your addiction. No matter what walk of life you are on, with the appropriate treatment and support, the path to recovery can always be paved. It is but a matter of readiness to accept the help that matters most.

Danielle’s incredible story on The Dr. Oz Show proves that after acceptance, recovery is possible. 

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