The United States is going through a substance abuse crisis. Everyone realizes that. However, it is a different matter when one has a family member or a loved one who is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and needs medical attention immediately to eliminate the addiction. People are not prepared to deal with addiction in the family, because no one thinks it will happen to them. But the threat is very real and millions of families are confronted with the grim realities of addiction each day. So what can one do if a loved one has a problem with addiction?


Treatment Programs

There are different types of treatment programs for addiction recovery. These are:

  • Counseling (individual, group or family)
  • Intensive outpatient program
  • Partial hospitalization
  • Residential treatment
  • Sober living

Choosing a treatment program might depend on how much is covered by your family insurance plan if the family cannot afford to outright pay for treatment programs. In any case, the individual’s loved ones should start getting educated about addiction and the different programs that are available in order to find the right solution for your family’s needs.  Understand what’s available and come to a consensus on which methodology and program will best benefit the addicted family member.


Open Communication

It is important to maintain good rapport and communication with the individual struggling with addiction. Why is that? Simply put, it’s in everyone’s best interest and for the well-being of the individual.  Addiction is a family disease and affects everyone involved on some level. Therefore, it’s imperative that the family remain in close communication in order to weather the storm together.  Additionally, the addict in recovery will need as much support as possible from loved ones. Communication is key for this level of support.


Assessing Treatment Program Options

Not all treatment programs are suitable for everyone. Therefore there must be some assessment as to which one is suitable for the individual. Inpatient programs can be for 28 days or longer. A 28-day program will serve as a starting point for individuals with a drug or alcohol addiction. On the other hand, a 90-day program will provide a foundation on how to quit drugs or alcohol with all the training and preparation one might need to be successful upon returning to daily life. Research shows that individuals with a severe addiction have to spend a minimum of three months at a rehab center for the treatment to have a permanent long-term effect.


Finding a Treatment Program Nearby

Choosing a rehab center close to the individual’s residence and close to their loved ones is a good idea. Going to a location far away might not be the best option. The location of the treatment facility is quite often the deciding factor in its choice.

One way to find treatment programs is through the government. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides a search tool that can find nearby treatment centers based on an individual’s address. Search options allow certain requirements to be notated based on the individual’s requirements.

Most states provide funding for drug and alcohol rehabilitation services through public mental health or substance abuse treatment centers. These centers usually require that the clients qualify through proving:

  • Official residence in the state, based on the state’s definition
  • Lack of income and insurance
  • Legal residence in the US
  • Addiction status and need for intervention

Private resources exist that serve as directories and information hubs for patients looking for local addiction rehab options, like Addiction Recovery and similar websites.

Finally, a number of faith-based groups provide drug and alcohol recovery programs. These include the Christian Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers and Harbor Light detox and residential centers, which can be found nationwide, as well as a variety of other rehab centers and organizations dedicated to residential rehabilitation and support based on their specific faith traditions.

Hired Power is a family of compassionate professionals working to serve your journey in recovery. From safe passage transportation to aftercare and sober monitoring, we’re here with you every step of the way. For more information, call us today at 800.910.9299.