Shame, reprimands and general fear of the unknown force some suffering from addiction to never come clean about their struggles. Others accept the likelihood of negative ramifications and still approach family, friends and loved ones for help. It’s not an easy decision to make; nor is it a painless conversation to have. However, the outcome of such a talk could save a life and for that reason – among the others we’ll cover in this blog – deciding to seek out help could be the most important decision of your life. In this article, we will offer first-hand advice that has helped former patients of inpatient drug rehab center Lighthouse Recovery Institute take the first step toward lasting sobriety.
Nobody is immune to neither addiction nor death that can result from substance abuse. According to a January 2019 article from USA Today, “the lifetime odds of dying by an accidental opioid overdose were 1 in 96.” That means it is officially more likely to die of an overdose than of a car crash in the U.S. and this possibility could be enough to snap someone out of their dangerous cycle.
What to Share:
It’s best to broach the topic with either a mental or written outline. Tell your parents, friends of confidant that there’s a problem which requires professional medical and mental health help. There’s no need to share every gritty detail; you can save that for conversations with experts at a dual diagnosis treatment center like Lighthouse Recovery Institute.
Feedback and Fighting Back:
It’s possible that the desired outcome won’t be achieved on the first go. Stress the fact that sobriety can only be achieved in a supervised setting like that of an alcohol inpatient treatment center. Hopefully your persistence will pay off and the parent/guardian whom you’ve approached for help will then assist you in finding a facility to jumpstart recovery at.
A House Divided:
There are many moving parts to finding a rehab facility with programs and services that meet your specific needs. Some of the considerations you’ll need to discuss with parents/guardians include insurance, transportation, duration and post-recovery expectations. It’s best to set these parameters now so minor setbacks aren’t encountered during the first fragile days and weeks of recovery.
Professional addiction treatment can turn lives around. However, all the benefits of entering a facility like Lighthouse Recovery Institute could go under the radar unless the person suffering from substance abuse issues decides to ask for help. With the above points, that conversation can be both less stressful and more effective.