When someone you care about deeply has turned to drugs or alcohol, the world can become an incredibly uncertain and challenging space. Not only do you have your own life to worry about — and you must always put yourself first — but now you’ve got constant fear over their well-being hanging over your head. If you’ve been painstakingly searching for the best way to help your loved one, rest assured recovery is 100% possible. Discover how to get someone into luxury rehab and find out the most effective ways to approach an individual who’s struggling with addiction.
How Do You Know When Substance Abuse Becomes Addiction?While no one should be taking illegal drugs under any circumstances, it does happen. In some cases, people experiment or go through a phase of using recreational drugs and nothing more occurs. However, people with the potential to develop an addiction become preoccupied with using the substance and getting inebriated, despite an array of negative consequences. Alcohol is legal, and the majority of people have no difficulty moderating their intake. But someone with an alcohol use disorder drinks habitually, even if bad things keep happening to them as a result of drinking. Addiction is a disease that hijacks the parts of their brain that are responsible for motivation, pleasure and reward, making it increasingly difficult to maintain responsibilities. According to the diagnostic criteria, they only need to meet two or three criteria to be diagnosed with a mild substance use disorder. Four or five is equivalent to a moderate substance use disorder, and six or more suggests they’re suffering from a severe substance use disorder. Addiction is a progressive and chronic disease, so wherever your loved one lands on the spectrum, they need professional help.
The DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Substance Use DisordersThe 11 criteria that denote whether someone is medically considered to have a substance use disorder are:
- Withdrawal symptoms or negative physical and mental effects that arise when they haven’t had any/enough alcohol or drugs
- Building a tolerance to the substance or needing increasing amounts to feel the same effects
- Taking drugs or using alcohol even when they know it’s causing physical or psychological problems
- Using substances and putting themselves in dangerous situations as a result
- No longer taking part in social, recreational or vocational activities they used to enjoy in favor of getting drunk or high
- Not being able to fulfill duties at home, work or school
- Continuously craving the substance
- Repeated failed attempts to cut down how much they use or stop altogether.
- Interpersonal issues as a result of substance use
- Repeatedly taking or drinking more than intended
- Spending a disproportionate amount of time thinking about, seeking and using the substance
Why Choose Residential Rehab?Generally speaking, there are two types of rehab: inpatient and outpatient. We prefer to call ourselves a residential treatment center instead of an inpatient facility because we provide a luxurious home-away-from-home environment. Outpatient treatment might be suitable for someone who only meets a couple of the DSM-5 criteria. However, in most cases, a new environment is the best place to begin the journey to recovery.
Benefits of Residential Rehab
- Residents have around-the-clock access to medical care — particularly important during the acute withdrawal stage.
- They’re plucked from their daily life and put into a highly structured environment that teaches them how to develop new, healthy habits.
- When they’re in a rehabilitation center with the beautiful rocky Agua Dulce, California, scenery, they don’t have access to temptation.
- Residents have the opportunity to form close bonds with each other and their caregivers, which facilitates the open communication necessary for healing to begin.