Addictions usually happen innocently enough, but they can be quick to spiral out of control if they’re allowed to, whether from pent-up stress or encountering a particularly disappointing failure. The most common addiction is food addiction, and, more seriously, alcohol and cocaine addiction. The end result is that a person who started healthily enough is now forced to rely on his addiction and can no longer fully function as a healthy human being in society. A sad bit of statistic, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2008, is how 22 million Americans have a drug abuse problem, but only 2.5 million actually seek treatment.
Addiction intervention never comes too late. The first step to counter addiction would be for that person to acknowledge that he needs to change, and that he desires that change. It’s not a matter of correcting something inherently wrong with a person, but rather a matter of allowing a person to realize his or her own ability to surpass his or her former self by overcoming the addiction that’s pulling him or her down. There are a lot of addiction recovery groups and services for the people who are addicted but wish to stop doing so in favor of loving themselves. Finding resources and suitable programs is no problem at all.
Here is a simple guide for the things one should know about addiction recovery services and how to look for the right one.
A professional referral is usually not necessary to enter an addiction recovery or self-help group for mental health. These groups are made up of voluntary members and might have professionals among their number, but the focus is primarily peer support and helping each other through shared beliefs rather than depending strictly on any professional advice. These are for people who think they might find being in a group refreshing for them, and would want to hear about what it’s like for people who might share the same addictions as them, and to fight those addictions together. Groups especially for drug recovery exist, but if one wants a more professional approach, there are addiction recovery services that have programs providing a comprehensive assessment of the state the addiction has reached in a person as well as proper treatment. Enlisting in one is kept by the addiction recovery service as confidential to protect a person’s privacy.
If one desires help from a dedicated person who is also a professional, there are a number of addiction recovery services offered that are designed, not for a group as a whole, but for individual therapy, or for an individual and his family. These services are usually conducted in a reasonably private environment, and might or might not require a professional referral. Referrals in the form of word of mouth from friends, previous clients as well as advice from a professional are usually honored in places offering addiction recovery services.
Addiction recovery services are there to help individuals recover from their addictions. Their system can hardly be expected to be perfect, which means that while they’re aiding individuals to heal, the healing process itself will not be complete unless the individuals who take part in these services allow themselves to be fully healed. The final key, as always, lies with the individual’s willingness to change.