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How Does Family Help One Struggling with Addiction?

Addiction Does Not Affect Only the Person with Addiction

Addiction does not affect only the person struggling with substance abuse; the disease often spills over to the person’s loved ones.

It might seem like as a loved one; you are not affected by the decisions and lifestyle of your friend or family member who is addicted.

It is essential to know that the word “addict” in this article is not only referring to individuals addicted to “street drugs,” but also people addicted to alcohol.

If you begin to truly open up about the choices and decisions you have made, you suddenly might start to understand that your life is just as affected as that of the person struggling with addiction.

North Jersey Recovery Center has set up structures that aid open conversations that help both the person struggling with substance abuse and those around them.

It is crucial to have a support system in your journey to recovery, and our specialists understand that.

Family and Addiction

Over time, the structure of families has developed.

It has grown to be more than the traditional nuclear family.

We now have single-parent families, foster families, blended families, and many others. 

The way each family is affected differ based on their structure.

An example of such differences is evident when a child develops a denial system that protects them from the reality of their parent’s addiction.

On the other hand, a single parent household does not have that option.

The children are more likely to behave in a way that does not match their age to compensate for their parent’s deficiency.

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The Extended Family is Not Left Out

Although the nuclear family feels the effects of substance abuse by a loved one directly, the extended family isn’t left out.

Members of the extended family might feel anger, embarrassment, anxiety, and sometimes even grief.

These reactions can often have a negative impact on both the person abusing substances and other generations. For example, a parent whose parent abused substances has the tendency of being overbearing and overprotective of his or her children.

There are patterns of interactions with different family structures that are often noticed when someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Some of these include;

  • Negative Attitude: The communication between the members of the family is characterized by negativity. The entire atmosphere is downright gloomy, and constructive actions are not popular amongst members of the family. Most times, communication takes the form of complaints, verbal disapproval, and other types of displeasure. 
  • Parental Inconsistency: Disregard for responsibilities is one of the effects of addiction. Children often get confused because a clear boundary has not been drawn by the people or person in charge (parents). Without this set of rules and regulations both parent’s and children’s cannot be predicted. These inconsistencies are often present irrespective of the person abusing substances.
  • Unrealistic Expectations from Parents: It is no news that the influence of parents primarily affects their children. A parent’s expectations can be unrealistic. This often causes both parties to spiral out of control when their expectations cannot be met. When the expectations are too high, the child might give up and become lackadaisical. On the other hand, they may work obsessively.

Self-medication, miscarriage of emotions, and parental denial are also some of these patterns of interaction.

The best way to deal with all these cases is a complete restructuring of the family.

At North Jersey Recovery Center, we have well-trained professionals that are skilled in family therapy and other programs that help reunite the family.

Family Help and Addiction

Family members play a significant role in their loved one’s recovery. 

Studies show that family support in the process of intervention contributed largely to the recovery success amongst addicts. The important thing is to be there for your loved one struggling with recovery during their trying times.

At North Jersey Recovery Center, we have various treatments for those having a hard time quitting drugs and alcohol.

Some of these include Detox, Inpatient, Outpatient, Interventions, and other forms of treatment that will help your journey.

It is important to understand the feelings of family members, as members of your family form the essential support a person who is addicted to any substance needs.

The avenue by which these feelings are passed across is also as important.

During interventions, family members or loved ones often get hurt or confused.

These feelings are counterproductive to the recovery process of a person struggling with addiction or substance abuse.

This is why it is important to know how to help families with addiction.

However, there are strategies used to turn these ill feelings into positive motivation.

Some of these strategies include family therapy, counseling, family support groups, and open discussions.

The goal is to equip family members with the information and skill they will need in the journey ahead.

Once the family dynamic is stable, a stable support system is more guaranteed, and the chances of a successful recovery are higher.

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Addiction and Mental Health

An individual with both a mental health issue and an addiction problem is often more challenging to treat.

The term used to describe this is called a co-occurring disorder or a dual diagnosis.

Both the mental health issues and the drug or alcohol have their own peculiar symptoms. Most of these symptoms prevent you from carrying out your regular activities.

The situation gets more complicated because the co-occurring disorders also affect each other.

When there is no help for a person struggling with addiction, their mental health problems usually become more severe.

On the other hand, when a mental health issue goes untreated, substance abuse often gets worse.

The team of professionals at North Jersey Recovery Center is well equipped to handle your co-occurring disorder.

We ensure that every patient is paired with the most professional and highly trained addiction specialists in the country in a unique plan established for your recovery.

You can be sure that you or your loved ones are in good hands.

Payment Methods and Free Insurance Verification

The services we offer at North Jersey Recovery Center are top-notch.

We aspire to give each client a blissful experience, including payment methods that are suitable for you and your loved ones.

We accept most PPO insurance, private pay options, and we also offer payment plans.

Wee aim to provide quality services at affordable prices.

To make your experience more stress-free, we take on the burden of communicating with your insurance provider on your behalf.

We aim to ensure that you or your loved one get the help they need.

Treatment at North Jersey Recovery Center

Whenever family therapy is adopted in the treatment of an individual struggling with addiction, social problems associated with substance abuse should be considered.

Often, issues such as joblessness, domestic violence, child abuse, or neglect are noticed among families dealing with substance abuse.

Our team works together with professionals in other fields to effectively treat these issues to ensure effective concurrent treatment.

Furthermore, multifamily group therapy, individual therapy, and psychological consultation can be added to family therapy.

These various approaches aid concurrent treatment.

Also, empowering the family is a crucial benefit that should not be sacrificed.

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Sobriety Celebrations

What are Sobriety Celebrations?

 
Research indicates that 23.5 million Americans are addicted to alcohol or drugs.

Almost as many Americans, a total of 23 million U.S. adults, no longer struggle with addiction.

This is incredible news.

Achieving sobriety is hard, and not everyone can sustain their alcohol and drug-free lifestyle.

Peer pressure, stigma, barriers to care, and mental health issues can impede the success of many who seek recovery.

For those who do, a celebration is in order.

Not only for themselves but as proof to those in recovery that long-term sobriety is possible.

Effects of Sobriety Celebrations

Celebration of success, including sobriety milestones, positively affects mental health that can even perpetuate sobriety success.

Studies show that celebrating successes can actually yield cognitive benefits such as alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy.

These feelings of increased focus and determination can be especially valuable for those seeking recovery from drug and alcohol abuse.

Research indicates that the long-term relapse rate for those in recovery is 40-60%.

This is not to say that these individuals who relapse do not eventually achieve lasting freedom from addiction.

Whether they struggle with nicotine, alcohol abuse, or “hard drugs,” many individuals will relapse on the path to long-term wellness.

However, relapses can be demoralizing and dangerous, so celebrating each milestone provides important inspiration.

Common recovery milestones to celebrate are:

  • 30 days
    • At 30 days of recovery, you may have just been released from a rehabilitation center and are embarking on a drug and alcohol-free life. This is a time to focus on self-care, recognizing triggers, and celebrating how hard you’ve worked to get this far.
  • 90 days
    • Many addicts report that the grip of the addiction may be fading slightly after 90 days and that they are starting to feel comfortable with their new lifestyle and wellness habits.
  • 1 year
    • After a year of sobriety, many former addicts have started to rebuild their lives truly. Relationships may be healing, as well as their career and financial situation improving. This is a significant recovery milestone.
  • 5 years
    • By this time in their recovery journey, many addicts will have learned lessons about navigating triggers and will have faced, and overcome, the temptation to relapse. This is a time to reflect and be proud.
  • 10 years
    • This is a tremendous milestone that not all in recovery experience. And while the thought of drugs and alcohol may still be present, many former addicts will have been able to build new friendships and strong support systems to help with long-term sobriety.

Another important milestone that many former drug and alcohol users celebrate is their “sobriety birthday.” 

The date you choose is up to you.

Some people choose the date they last used a substance.

Others celebrate the day they entered treatment, or the day they underwent detoxification.

Those in recovery can feel free to truly celebrate this day, including self-care, time with family and friends, purchasing a small memento to commemorate the day, or another affirming and encouraging activity.

However, for many who have reached sobriety, there are elements of reflection tied to the day.

This may include thoughts of how far they’ve come, reflection on the support they’ve received well wishes to those just starting their journey, or an opportunity to say “thank you” to those who offered resources along the way.

You choose to recognize the day, remembering that your sobriety has made a lasting difference in your life and the lives of others.

Congratulations!

Mental Illness and Sobriety Celebrations

Substance use disorders and mental illness are closely connected, forming a cycle that can be almost impossible to break alone.

Users may initially try to escape an underlying mental health issue with drugs and alcohol, only to experience a worsening of that illness.

Mental illness can even be compounded by the mental health crisis created by the biochemical effect of drugs and alcohol on the body.

That addiction will then alter how the user experiences physical and emotional sensations, often resulting in an inability to feel happiness and comfort without drugs or alcohol.

As a result, many men and women in recovery have not had a fulfilling, sober celebration in many years and may struggle to feel emotionally comfortable in such a space.

However, with the support of friends and loved ones, and connections from their treatment community, those in recovery can come to feel at home in emotionally connected, interpersonal celebrations – and to feel empowered and supported as a result.

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Treatment and Sobriety Celebrations

For many men and women, the day they enter rehabilitation is the day they begin a new life.

This is not to say that recovery is easy.

Often it is painful physically and emotionally, as former users detox their bodies and learn to shed negative, limiting beliefs while coping with their triggers and past traumas.

They will learn to build resilience and rebuild their lives.

And, with the support of a caring treatment team, their recovery can last.

Depending on the nature of the abuse, those in recovery may seek outpatient programming, residential treatment, or partial hospitalization programs.

Often, they will undergo detoxification to help remove the presence of drugs and alcohol from the body; and to help clear their minds prior to longer-term treatments.

Once they are free from the dangerous effects of substances, they will have access to flexible, enriching programs, such as:

  • 12-Step Programs
  • Fitness classes
  • Family Counseling
  • Peer Support Groups
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Spiritual Therapies
  • Career Training / Coaching
  • Marital Counseling
  • Art Therapy
  • Medical Detox
  • One to One Counseling
  • Nutrition Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Holistic Therapies
  • Aftercare

Full recovery is a journey that never ends. There will be many milestones along the way, and with a supportive community to encourage you, you may be able to celebrate every single one.

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Payment Information

 At North Jersey Recovery Center, we are here to support your success.

We know that you need a community that makes you feel recognized.

And we are ready to provide flexible treatment and payment options to make recovery accessible.

The team here will communicate with your insurance provider on your behalf, and we accept most PPO insurance and private forms of payment.

You can even pay for your admission online.

We can help you find the financial plans that are best for you.

Call the North Jersey Recovery Center team at 877-786-0572 and let us support you.

How to Get Help

Today is the start of your new life. A beginning free from addiction, and with plenty of reasons to celebrate.

The North Jersey Recovery Center team is caring, experienced, and ready to cheer you on to a lasting recovery.  

We are trained and licensed in modern substance abuse recovery techniques.

In this safe, private, and therapeutic environment, you will discover self-empowerment, emotional connection, and resilience to live a satisfying life, free of addiction.

Today is the day that you will discover the possibilities that recovery can offer.

Your future starts today.

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What is Integrated Addiction Treatment?

Integrated treatment refers to the increasingly common practice of a substance abuse provider or recovery team that provides both mental health and substance abuse services at the same time.

This is particularly important because research has shown that mental health crises and substance abuse are closely connected.

One in Four with Mental Illness Have Substance Abuse Issues

One in four individuals with a serious mental illness, including depression and bipolar disorder, have substance abuse issues.

Through integrated treatment, these individuals can find the holistic treatment they deserve, enabling them to experience a happy, substance-free life.

Understanding Integrated Addiction Treatment

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration defined co-occurring disorders as “at least one mental disorder, as well as an alcohol or drug use disorder.”

While mental illness often drives individuals into substance abuse as they struggle to cope with feelings of anxiety, loss, low self-esteem, or suicidal ideation, it is also understood that substance use can result in the development of mental illness.

This occurs because most abused substances, from alcohol to opiates, change brain chemistry.

The result is that users can no longer feel “normal” with the substances, and they may even experience extreme depression, mood swings, violent tendencies, and physical pain during withdrawal.

As a result, nearly anyone who enters a rehabilitation center struggles with a mental illness that either motivated or resulted from substance use.

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Effects of Integrated Treatment

Addiction and recovery are more complicated than they are portrayed in popular culture.

And, as we’ve seen, it can be difficult to understand where a mental illness stops and a substance abuse issue begins.

This tangle of emotions, chemical imbalances, environmental factors, and substance use effects can make it difficult for individuals to manage their care.

So, contrary to the notion that a “strong” person can “stop whenever they want,” most individuals struggling with addiction find themselves lost in co-occurring disorders.

Integrated treatment can help untangle these disorders, treating them individually, until a recovering user begins practicing their new, healthy coping skills in the real world.

Another advantage of integrated treatment is that it is flexible and able to incorporate other treatment elements as desired in the clients best interest.

For instance, if one patient finds comfort in prayer, while another appreciates participating in a 12-step program, these techniques can be included in the integrated treatment plan, allowing for flexibility and recognition of their needs.

In light of this focus on individualized care, integrated treatment has been shown to improve the motivation for recovery in those seeking care.

Given the evidence suggesting its effectiveness, it can address a variety of co-occurring substance and mental health issues, so integrated treatment is becoming increasingly easy to find.

Treatment centers like North Jersey Recovery Center can employ these techniques to offer life-changing recovery opportunities, helping patients realize their potential for recovery and succeed in achieving their dream of a drug-free future.

Mental Illness and Integrated Treatment

Integrated treatments are more effective in treating individuals with substance abuse disorders than more traditional forms of therapy.

This is because this integration is better at adapting to the whole person’s needs – responding to their emotional needs, family dynamics, cultural background, mental health issues, and other considerations that will impact their journey.

This is not to say that everyone who enters a rehabilitation center for substance abuse is necessarily suffering from a serious mental health crisis, such as untreated schizophrenia.

However, it is highly likely that some form of struggle or disfunction in their life has compromised their mental health. If left unaddressed, this issue will re-emerge to compromise treatment.

For example, a medical professional suffering from a combination of burnout and PTSD may turn to alcohol as an escape. This has caused conflict within their marriage. This conflict results in further alcohol consumption, as feelings of failure set in.

Even after successful detoxification, this individual may lack the coping skills required to return to their job or communicate their stress and emotional needs to their spouse.

If they return to their position unable to handle additional stress and trauma, further unhappiness and relapse become likely.

However, integrated treatment would provide strategies to understand why the medical professional has come to this point – such as fear of appearing weak, inability to recognize their stress, poor marital communication, or an unhappy work environment.

By better understanding these underlying causes, the clinical team may be able to provide marital counseling, a peer support group, and perhaps insight regarding whether a workplace change is appropriate.

Integrated treatment can also be effective at addressing underlying issues of shame or low self-worth.

These feelings can drive high-risk behavior like alcohol abuse but can also result from self-directed anger and beliefs that addiction means weakness.

But, combined with medical detoxification and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, it becomes increasingly likely that the individual will be able to remain sober by recognizing and managing emotional triggers, letting go of self-directed anger, and focusing on the life they want for themselves and their family.

Thus, integrated treatment helps to create a new healthy lifestyle by addressing needs in different areas of your life.

In addition to addressing co-occurring mental health issues, a treatment program designed to provide lasting healing must include a “big picture” understanding of your life, as well as practical strategies to foster healing in all possible areas.

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Payment Options

Do you want treatment but are worried about how you can pay for it?

We have a team of financial professionals who provide insurance verification.

We will work with you to determine how to move forward with the treatment in a way that works for you and your financial situation.

Get Help at North Jersey Recovery Center

We know that substance abuse and mental health issues go hand-in-hand.

No two addiction experiences are the same, and North Jersey Recovery Center creates customized resources to help you find lasting freedom from addiction.

Call North Jersey Recovery Center today at 877-786-0572 to schedule an appointment and let us share your journey.

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National Recovery Month – Education & Celebration

With September being recognized as National Recovery Month, it is a time to reflect on the gains that individuals who have previously struggled with addiction and mental health issues have made in their journeys to recovery.

In addition, it is also a time to spread awareness on the extreme impacts that drug and alcohol addiction and mental health disorders have on millions of individuals worldwide. In fact, many people suffer from what is known as a dual diagnosis, where they may turn to addictive substances or unhealthy behaviors due to mental health disorders they are struggling with.

For the loved ones of those struggling with addiction, education is key to provide sufficient support and resources during their treatment process.

Celebrating Connections for 2020’s National Recovery Month

Often, there is a stigma that comes along with the word “addiction”. This is one of the reasons why September was designated as National Recovery Month over 20 years ago – to break this stigma and educate the public on the various aspects of addiction and mental health.

Celebrating Connections is this year’s theme for 2020’s National Recovery Month in order to emphasize the importance of both support systems and spread awareness for addiction, abuse, and mental health disorders.

As part of National Recovery Month, there are four key components surrounding aspects of awareness that remain focal points:

  • Behavioral – When you think of wellness, most people tend to think of their physical well-being. However, mental health and behavioral health are a critical part of one’s overall health and well-being. This includes aspects such as psychological and emotional well-being as well. Many times, people will turn to addictive substances or harmful behaviors to deal with their declining behavioral wellness.
  • Prevention – In order to prevent alcohol and drug abuse or addiction, it is essential that individuals are educated and informed on the various addictions, disorders, treatments, and programs. This allows a person to make an educated decision on what his or her next steps may be based on factual information and evidence-based studies and research.
  • Treatment – Initially, those struggling in these areas were hesitant to seek treatment because of the negative stigma with addiction and mental health disorders. However, over the recent years and advancements made within treatment programs, more and more individuals are getting the help they need to live an addiction-free life. Each individual has a different treatment plan based on his or her needs and requirements. These success-driven treatment plans are created by professional, licensed, and experienced rehabilitation facilitators.
  • Recovery – There is no doubt that treatment works when the commitment and effort are there. Millions of individuals all over the U.S. have grown to live a healthy life of sobriety after completing their respective treatment program and following any aftercare, such as outpatient programs, group meetings, counseling, and so on.
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The Importance of Recovery

The organization Faces & Voices of Recovery is a non-profit that advocates for recovery and treatment.

They have put together a website that provides a range of tools and resources for users to download in support of National Recovery Month.

With the pandemic that has completely shaken up the world this year, recovery is now more important than ever. Increased use of drugs and alcohol has significantly climbed due to COVID-19 with more people stuck at home – potentially causing an uptake in urges and triggers to use. Because of this, loved ones must be able to provide effective support for those struggling with addiction and mental health disorders.

We are also seeing an increase in substance abuse and mental health issues with teenagers and adolescents in the U.S. It is crucial that the public is well-informed on the dangers of addiction and undiagnosed mental health disorders, so we can do our part to support our youth and prevent further harm from occurring.

By spreading awareness on addiction and mental health, we are helping to break the stigma for those that require inpatient treatment or outpatient treatment to improve their quality of life.

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You Have Our Support & Encouragement

No one should have to go through addiction alone.

At North Jersey Recovery Center, we are here for you no matter what type of struggles you may be dealing with. Whether you are located in Manhattan, New York City, Newark, Clifton, or the surrounding areas. If you are looking for an addiction treatment center in the Northeast, we are here and ready to help as we take in those struggling with addiction from all over the United States.

If you or a loved one is struggling with heroin, cocaine, pills, alcohol, or another type of substance addiction, our professional team of rehab facilitators offers a clinical approach to help you during your path of recovery. Give us a call today at 800-741-3300.

From group sessions to one-on-one counseling to proper medication, we are here to provide you with the support and resources you need to regain control of your life.

Let treatment do its job and help you move on to a better, healthier, and happier life.

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How to Support Your Loved One During Rehab and Recovery

It’s never an easy experience to watch a loved one suffer from an addiction. As with any disease, we feel helpless. Especially when we are left to stand by and watch addiction tear our family and friends away from us. Though it may seem as though we are pushed too far, you must consider how important you are to their recovery. One of the most valuable tools used in recovery reinforces the power that family support can have when facing drug addiction

When a family member has a substance use disorder, it is common to notice that they are no longer acting like the person you have known for years. While the recklessness of substance abuse consumes the wellbeing of someone close to us, we need to be reminded that this is a disease. Addiction is a disease that works to alter the chemicals in the brain, specifically, by taking more control over that person.

Addiction Changes an Addicts World

Drugs and alcohol not only change how the addict sees the world but also has an impact on their actions toward others. This, in turn, changes the way the world they know reacts to them. Addicts often interpret they’re being treated differently, and misconceive this change, for lack of care or concern. Because alcohol or drugs drives many of their actions, an addict often acts out emotionally. They commonly say or do things that affect those closest to them, often in a hurtful or negative way. 

Needless to say, addiction can lead to a very lonely existence, even if those thoughts are generated within their mind. Drugs and alcohol make individuals see things differently. Suggesting the person get help can be easily brushed off as criticism. In order to achieve success in a rehabilitation program, family support is crucially important.  

Rehab for Addiction Reinforced by Family Support

Four major components of a person’s life contribute greatly to the success of rehabilitation. Three out of those four depend on having some kind of family support system. These factors consist of Health, Purpose, Home, and Community. While learning and maintaining their own mental and physical health is a top priority in rehab, there are other factors that must be incorporated. In order to appreciate life in recovery to its fullest, the remaining three needs must be constructed or redeveloped as well. 

Along with maintaining good overall health, figuring out where your loved one fits into the world is a driving force that encourages one’s sobriety. Establishing a purpose means discovering that being sober has allowed them to maintain responsibilities. Then they need to develop these abilities that add value to their lives. Being able to add to society is a great personal achievement that even those who don’t suffer from addiction strive for. By offering support to provide a safe, supportive home is crucial to being able to maintain health and responsibilities. 

Drug Addiction with Family Support: Home and Community

When working through coping skills necessary for a successful life in recovery, an addict must be able to maintain a safe living space. Doing so while surrounded by a positive family support system can make all of the difference. The stability of a person’s home life as they re-immerse themselves in society is crucial to maintaining sobriety. This is especially important if they are attending an outpatient program. 

Outpatient programs take part outside of the individual’s regular work hours and allow the patient to retreat back to home. This type of rehabilitation is especially helpful for a person to maintain and develop their sense of community. 

The community consists of networks, family members, and friends that encourage healthy and substance-free socialization. 

Once a person has met their needs in these four ways, the burden of their recovery process will undoubtedly be lighter. Now absent of temptation or negative influences, family support, as well as therapy  will only encourage a positive sober existence in the future. 

When Supporting a Family Member Addiction is Hard to Cope With

Understand that in order to help your loved one, being open and honest about this is the best way to deal with your own personal objections. 

No one will tell you this will be easy, for either of you. In fact, many families find that they are physically or emotionally unable to provide shelter or adequate family support for their loved one as they battle addiction. 

There is often a stigma associated with rehabilitation and addiction. Whether this stigma is associated with personal feelings or the feelings of someone, recognizing and breaking down that stigma is for the best. 

Many are unaware of how much this bias interferes with the hard work being done by your loved one. Fortunately, that is also why inpatient programs exist. Opting for this type of rehab treatment allows an addict to develop the coping skills and establish their sense of self without having negative words or stigmas threatening their sobriety. 

Additionally, it is often the case that the family support system neglects their own needs in order to focus solely on the addict. While understanding the importance of rehab for drug addiction is valuable, keep in mind that addiction affects everyone, not just the addict. Family therapy or counseling is available to help deal with the pressures of an addicted loved one. Relationships can be hard to mend once the damage of addiction has been done. Taking care of the person that you love also means taking care of yourself. 

How to Provide Family Support for Drug Addiction

Making sure that you are in the best possible place to help them, it is important to maintain your own overall sense of health and wellbeing. That said, just as you would make yourself available to aid a loved one suffering from any other chronic disease, being informed on how to help them is just as important as being compassionate.

Just as your loved one shouldn’t have to face addiction alone, neither should you. Addiction is a disease that doesn’t have a cure. Unfortunately, the road will be long, and there will be bumps and turns as your loved one moves through the motions. 

Drug Addiction and Family Support: The More You Know

In order to provide the family support during this vulnerable time, doing your best to learn about addiction will be of great use. To ensure the best possible outcome for the addict that you love, taking the time to explore what rehab treatment programs are available, will give you the tools you need to provide drug addiction family support. 

For someone who is not suffering from addiction, the disease can be very confusing. At some point, an addict did make a choice to use or abuse drugs or alcohol. However, in the case of addiction, there was likely no intention of continuing usage and developing a dangerous habit. 

Often, by the time they realized how dependent on a substance they had become, the brain had already rewired itself, making it almost impossible to “just quit.” Whether it be their prescription pain medication, casual drinks at happy hour, or recreational drugs during downtime, the usage of the substance managed to take hold of their life in the form of substance addiction. 

Drug Addiction Family Support without Stigma

Whether or not the individual has been open and honest about feeling shame or guilt for their addiction, they are definitely feeling it. By hiding or denying their addiction from your friends and other family members, you are only reinforcing negative associations that go with the stigma of the disease. This only contributes to more negative feelings of guilt and shame. 

Allowing yourself and other members of your family to communicate openly about drug addiction and treatment, provides family support without the added embarrassment and stress. Watching someone you love suffer from addiction is stressful enough on the family dynamic, and trying to conceal their reality will only damage the relationship further. Instead, speak openly and honestly with your loved ones. Allow them to know that they can be upfront with you. As they get help for their drug or alcohol addiction, family support without bias is crucial. 

Family Support Vs. Enabling an Addict

Be sure your engagement with your loved one is not helping them continue their substance abuse, but instead helps them stay on the path to sobriety. 

Some say that there is a fine line between being supportive and enabling an addict. Realistically, this comes down to committing to your boundaries. Many of us would do just about anything to lessen the pain and struggle of someone they love who is addicted. However, it’s important not to allow enabling behavior from any friends or family members. 

Instead of giving in to what will simply make an addict “feel better,” try instead to implement practices that will help them in the long run. Ask your local recovery center for tips on how to assist with coping mechanisms developed during treatment. 

You should also communicate with your loved one about their triggers, and evaluate what you can do to ease the stress within the environment. Do so, however, while keeping their rehabilitation needs close at heart. Continue to be mindful of the boundaries you’ve committed yourself to. Ultimately, this will be best for both parties involved. 

Help Someone You Love Face Addiction Safely

Though having family support during drug addiction or alcohol abuse will certainly influence rehabilitation in a positive way. However, this is not adequate treatment alone against addiction. Addiction rehab consists of carefully crafted therapy and treatment designed to address patterns of addiction. Rehabs work effectively to implement new behaviors and teach the addict that you love to associate new emotions with their addiction and sobriety. 

Additionally, it is important to consider the feelings that come along with detox. Detoxing can be scary, painful, and even embarrassing. It is important not to form an association between those feelings and the safety and security provided in the home. Drug addiction certainly does recommend a high level of family support; however, detox requires taking measures with professional medical care that is provided within a rehab facility. Safety, security, and wellbeing are of the utmost importance when facing addiction head-on. 

Family Support for Drug Addiction: Suggestion and Conversation

Deciding on the best rehabilitation center and the best type of treatment for the person you love may be the most difficult part for some. For others, it is ensuring that your loved one is willing and ready to get the help that they need. Fortunately, there are resources available for you to discuss treatment options to lessen the stress of finding a facility. The latter, however, may require a bit more compassion and patience. 

There are a few methods that you can use when bringing up the idea of rehab to your loved one. Although it may be scary to have these conversations or take the actions necessary to get them help, doing so gracefully will ensure not to damage the ability to provide family support moving forward. 

Consider one of these options as you make plans for their treatment:

  • Have a conversation about addiction. Start slow and work up to suggesting getting treatment.
  • Discuss calmly how their addiction has become apparent and how it has altered their lives thus far.
  • Be open and upfront about how you feel about their addiction. It will change the course of their lives if this behavior continues. 
  • Make them aware of any financial problems that either you or they may be facing as a direct result of their substance abuse. 
  • Discuss the impact of children, siblings, or parents, and the toll it is taking on the family dynamic.
  • Host a non-threatening and comforting intervention.
  • Be persistent, but not overwhelming. If at first you don’t succeed, try again. 

Drug Addiction Family Support: Staging an Intervention

Intervention is often perceived as a scary experience. However, realistically when done properly, this gathering of loved ones should only consist of compassionate words and healthy conversation. The idea is not to intimidate or force an addict into a situation that can trigger an adverse reaction. Instead, interventions are held to reinforce how important and cared for a person is to those around them. 

Be sure to take measures and think ahead when planning an intervention. The goal is to get your loved one to participate in drug or alcohol rehabilitation treatment. Be sure to: 

  • Formulate a plan of action
  • Put together relevant information found on appropriate treatment options available to the addict
  • Invite only those that genuinely care and can express their feelings about addiction in a supportive and healthy way
  • Determine what actions will be taken next if your loved one refuses to get the help that the need
  • Ensure that all that are involved will be able to continue their family support during drug addiction treatment and recovery
  • Hold a meeting in a safe and non threatening environment where everyone involved can feel safe and accepted
  • Insist upon further communication post-rehab treatment in order to avoid relapse down the road

Unfortunately, relapse may be a part of the process for those that struggle with substance abuse. So whether or not this is a first, second, or even third intervention style meeting, it is important to remember that getting the one you love help for their addiction is the goal. It is time to do what is best for yourself and the addict during this vulnerable time. 

Getting Your Loved One on the Right Track

If you feel that you have exhausted all of your options know that not all hope is not lost. You can reach out to treatment specialists who are familiar with dealing with these types of difficult conversations. 

Family support systems often resort to their primary family doctors or health insurance providers to discuss options on these matters. There are also a number of family support groups available to help you gain insight on the matter. Taking part in groups such as ALANON, NARANON, or ALTEEN can be very helpful during these uncertain but crucial times. 

No one said this was going to be easy. Treatment centers are available to make this process easier. Especially on you, the addict, and the entire family support system when facing drug addiction. If you or someone you love has gone down a dangerous and dark road of addiction, enlisting the help available will give everyone a positive outlook on the future. Contact us to gather more information on how to provide family support for addiction. As lonely as this time may seem for everyone, rest assured you do not have to face this alone. Getting help can start right now. 

Staying Sober During Pandemic

Tips for Staying Sober During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The global coronavirus pandemic is upending a sense of normalcy and stability for millions of people all over the world. People recovering from addiction are particularly vulnerable to feelings of being out of control in these uncertain times. More and more people are struggling or even failing to remain sober. If you are experiencing mounting stress from COVID-19 and its effects on your life, please reach out to us at North Jersey Recovery Center for encouragement to stay on the right track. We have telehealth treatment options available.

At North Jersey Recovery Center, we understand that staying clean is not always easy. After months or years of escaping to alcohol or drugs to cope with inner and outer turmoil, it is difficult to be consistent with the new coping strategies learned during rehab. It can even be hard for people who have never abused drugs to choose positive over negative ways of dealing with major life changes. That’s why we are committed to being available for you, during both crisis and calm.

COVID-19 Could Be Spurring Another Epidemic

Hundreds of millions of Americans are now stuck at home, either working remotely or not at all. They are facing dire financial uncertainty, loneliness, and boredom while battling concurrent fears or realities of sickness and loss of loved ones due to the virus. In past crises such as Hurricane Katrina, many individuals resorted to alcohol and drugs to comfort. Addiction experts worry that increases in substance use will soon place even more strain on our overworked health care system.

Relapse on the Rise

As many states started locking down in March 2020, addiction recovery experts have observed a disturbing spike in relapse rates. Many recovering individuals who have depended upon the routine and socialization of regular group meetings and in-person support are tempted to fill the void of time and connection with harmful self-medication. COVID-19 concerns have also disrupted the availability of medication-assisted treatment for some individuals, making these people more vulnerable to overdosing.

Experts have also noticed another dangerous trend: huge increases in alcohol sales. During this quarantine, individuals are stashing alcohol like toilet paper. Since March, Google searches for alcohol delivery have exploded two-fold. March sales data for alcohol delivery apps show that many Americans are ordering more booze than usual. Online drinking events and virtual happy hours are growing in popularity, with an increase of almost 300% on the scheduling platform Doodle.

Addiction specialists warn that these trends could lead to new cases of alcoholism and worsen current ones. However, the upturn in alcohol interest and consumption seems to have triggered an encouraging jump in Google searches for online counseling and alcohol abuse. This suggests that some people are concerned enough about overindulging to seek information about sobriety.

Substance Use Raises COVID-19 Risks

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that people who drink excessively, smoke tobacco or marijuana, or vape could be especially vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus. Those with opioid use disorder and methamphetamine use disorder could be similarly affected. These populations suffer from impaired respiratory and pulmonary systems which the virus can attack viciously.

Opioid use slows breathing and can lead to chronic respiratory disease. COVID-19 complications can further diminish lung capacity to a life-threatening state. Methamphetamine constricts blood vessels, contributing to pulmonary damage which could be exacerbated by the virus. Alcohol intake correlates with many diseases and mental health illnesses that compromise immunity, making a person an easier target for COVID-19.

If you feel as if you are losing your grip on sobriety, hold on and contact us at North Jersey Recovery Center right away. We are still here to help you in your continued recovery. 

Ways to Maintain Sobriety

While it may seem easier to swallow your cares with a drink or a pill, alcohol and drugs will only add to your troubles during this pandemic. In this financially and emotionally straining time, you can rise above hopelessness. Use your free time to work on yourself and your relationships. Here are a few tips from addiction specialists for staying clean:

Read Every Day

Bibliotherapy is a widely popular treatment for addiction and depression using books, literature, and other texts. Look up motivational writings or classic poems to introduce yourself to new, positive ideas. Reading stories of individuals who have overcome adversities can instill hope and inspiration to continue persevering.

Write Every Day

If you have gone through an addiction treatment program already, you may be familiar with reflective writing exercises. Recording your thoughts helps you clear your mind and be honest with yourself. Your future self will be grateful to see a journal of what you’re experiencing and accomplishing right now.

Take Up a Healthy Hobby

This lockdown gives you an opportunity to pursue fun, healthy activities. Hobbies can keep you busy and divert your focus from boredom, negativity, and anxiety towards what can bring your joy and a sense of fulfillment. Consider things that you want to learn about or rediscover: drawing, playing an instrument, photography, or cooking.

Experience the Moments

Substance use impacts how the brain functions, often causing emotions to sway uncontrollably. Practicing mindfulness, a powerful recovery tool, equips you to exercise your brain and take control of your thinking at any time, any place. If only for a few moments, take a break from doing and just be — be present in the moment.

Want Help to Stay Clean? There’s an App for That

Numerous apps connect people with peers, track habits, and help you meditate. Most of them are free, too. These resources include:

Connections

The Addiction Policy Forum states that Connections is the only app backed by years of empirical evidence of its supportive capabilities. It features predictive relapse indicators and utilizes analytics to reduce relapse. This app also lets you learn recovery skills through e-therapy and connect with peers and trained counselors.

I Am Sober

I Am Sober invites you to make a daily pledge to stay sober. You can record triggers and review your days. You can also connect with thousands of others who have faced a similar addiction and are at the same point in their recovery.

Loosid

Developed by a recovering alcoholic, Loosid provides online services such as yoga and meditation. It features a “sober curious” group where people who think they’re developing an addiction can get help.

Stay Connected with Support Groups

COVID-19 concerns have led governments to ban most gatherings, including those of addiction recovery support groups. Although you may not be able to meet with counselors and peers in person, you can still connect with them for accountability, encouragement, and insight. Many people are achieving recovery through online or phone counseling, virtual meetings, and resources that promote sobriety.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

AA is a global association of people who have struggled with alcoholism and want to help each other remain sober. Its website has a wealth of information and inspiration. Members list online open and closed meetings on the Online Intergroup page.

Narcotic Anonymous (NA)

NA is an international, community-based fellowship of recovering addicts who connect regularly to help each other stay drug-free. It has provided multiple resources in dozens of languages to help recovering addicts meet by phone or online. For instance, the organization gives a listing of local and global virtual meetings, Zoom tips, and slideshow templates.

Cocaine Anonymous (CA)

CA is another worldwide group dedicated to supporting recovering cocaine addicts. It offers voice-only conference calls and email communication. All meetings are free as CA does not charge fees or dues for membership.

LifeRing

LifeRing is a secular addiction recovery organization. It does not assign sponsors or invoke higher powers. This group offers online meetings and email groups and forums for people to share experiences and strengthen each other.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 

SAMHSA has a free, confidential addiction treatment information hotline at 1-800-822-HELP 4357). This 24/7 service, in English and Spanish, is for people and family members dealing with mental illness and/or addiction. Callers can request free publications and obtain referrals to local rehab centers, community-based organizations, and support groups.

Essential Help for Addiction Rehab at North Jersey Recovery Center

The staff of North Jersey Recovery Center is taking every possible precaution to keep our patients and team healthy and safe during this pandemic and beyond. We are heeding the latest infection control directives and guidelines from governmental organizations and officials. We are just as determined to continue fighting the persistent pandemic of substance use disorder. 

North Jersey Recovery Center is still accepting patients at this time and taking these extra steps to ensure safety for all:

  • COVID-19 screening of temperature and vitals for all new patients
  • Consistent temperature monitoring with a touchless thermometer for all patients and staff
  • Frequent and extensive sanitary practices
  • Isolation room for anyone presenting symptoms
  • All outside visitation prohibited until further notice

Don’t let COVID-19 push you deeper into addiction. Take this time to reset your life and choose sobriety and wholeness. Contact us today at North Jersey Recovery Center and discover a safe place to become healthier than ever. Let us walk beside you throughout this time of uncertainty.

Ask for Help Getting Sober

Take the First Step: How to Ask For Help Getting Sober

Asking for help can be a difficult step to take for a lot of people that are battling addiction. It may even deter a lot of people from seeking help in the first place. Learning how to ask for help will enable you to feel confident when you’re ready to have that conversation. Fortunately, there are many different ways to ask for help. 

We assure you that letting addiction get worse will only lead to more pain and heartbreak in the long run. However, as scary it may seem to figure out how to ask help for getting sober, you can get through that initial fear. Once you ask for help and realize how much others are willing to support you, you’ll recognize the powers of simply asking. 

Before we tackle the different ways you can ask for help getting sober, let’s first understand the definition and symptoms of addiction. 

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a brain disease that results in an individual being unable to function without drugs or alcohol daily. Addiction often intertwines with physical and psychological dependency. No matter the consequences, someone who abuses drugs or alcohol keeps using and feels unable to control the impulse. 

Recognizing that there’s a problem at hand is the first step one can take when figuring out how to ask help for getting sober. Understanding the severity of your addiction will show the person that you’re talking to that you’re serious about getting help. It also demonstrates a sense of self-awareness. 

Signs and Symptoms of Addiction

There are many warning signs to look out for when assessing yourself for addition. The symptoms range from individual to individual, but there are a few general ones that most can typically relate to. 

Some of the signs and symptoms of addiction include:

  • Extreme mood changes – happy, depressed, excited, anxious, etc.
  • Significant changes in sleeping patterns
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Secretiveness
  • Financially unpredictable, such as having large amounts of cash at times but no money at all at other times
  • Changes in social groups, new and unusual friends, odd phone conversations
  • Repeated unexplained outings, often with a sense of urgency
  • Drug paraphernalia such as unusual pipes or small weighing scales
  • Tolerance, which can be defined as the need to engage in addictive behavior more and more to get the desired effect
  • Withdrawal can be explained by the uncomfortable and often painful symptoms when the addictive substance stops being taken

If you require learning how to ask for help getting sober, then recognizing the problem at hand is the first step. It can help to sit down and be honest with yourself first about the severity of the addiction. 

5 Ways to Ask Help for Getting Sober

1. Write a letter or an email.

Some people may find comfort in writing out their needs and feelings rather than verbalizing them. Writing is a powerful tool, so we must understand how to utilize it now. Writing allows you to collect your thoughts and organize them in a way that makes sense. 

One of the many benefits of writing is that you may even have a breakthrough about yourself and come to new realizations about your struggles. Another advantage is that once you press send, or the letter is mailed off, there’s no going back. What’s done is done – now you just have to patiently wait for a response.

2. Ask for help from a doctor or addiction specialist.

To reiterate, addiction is a serious disease. This is why it may be helpful to reach out to medical professionals that are experts on addiction. Medical professionals are trained in knowing what to look for and how to proceed when someone is asking for help getting sober. 

Getting help from a medical professional can involve talking to your doctor or reaching out directly to a rehab center. Keep in mind that doctors or rehab specialists will have a few questions for you to better assist you in the next steps. Not much can surprise addiction specialists or doctors, which should provide you with a sense of comfort. 

3. Reach out to someone online or by phone.

Resources are abundant on the internet, including helpline numbers, chat rooms, and websites for rehab centers. A quick Google search will show you that there are multiple answers to the question – How do I ask for help getting sober?

At this stage of your addiction, it may be easier to admit to struggling from the safety of a computer rather than face-to-face with someone. That’s perfectly okay. Some people benefit from talking to a stranger first before speaking to someone they are close to, such as a family member or a close friend.

4. Look for others who have overcome similar problems.

Talking to someone that truly understands what you’re going through can be a huge relief. These kinds of people can help give you valid advice that they’ve used themselves when going through the same challenge. Get a better idea of what worked for them and see if you can replicate it in your own life. 

5. Talk to someone you truly trust.

Many people have at least one loved one they’re able to turn to for support. Is there anyone that came to mind after reading that sentence? Even if they have no personal experience with addiction, you can lean on them for support. You may find that talking to a friend alleviates a lot of the stress and pain you’re feeling.

It’s important to remember that your loved ones are there for you through good and bad times. It’s never easy talking about our struggles, but it’s something we must overcome and do. It may be initially hard, but you’ll feel much better after. 

How to Talk to Your Loved Ones About Addiction

You may be stuck with the question, “How do I ask for help getting sober?” Navigating this question is easier than it seems. The first step is to make the decision that you’re going to talk to a loved one about your addiction. Commit to a day and time that you know will work favorably for both of you. Once you take that first step in deciding, use the following tips to prepare for the big moment:

Choose the right time

Pick a moment when you’re calm and relaxed. Make sure that you’ve mentally prepared yourself for the conversation. It’s also important to consider your loved one’s time. Ensure that they’re not in a rush and have the time to have a full conversation with you.

Have a plan

Plan what you’ll say ahead of time. You can rehearse to yourself and write down key points you want to bring up. Being prepared will help to ease any stress you feel regarding the talk.

Be honest

There’s a chance that you may have lied or bent the truth regarding any substance use problems. It’s time to be honest with not only yourself but those close to you as well. The more honest the conversation, the more those who are close to you will be able to help. We encourage you to have realistic expectations about the conversation. It may take a few difficult turns, and you may have to give your relationships time to heal.

Understand that your family may feel frustrated and disappointed

They may have gone through a lot as a result of your struggle with addiction. They may show some intense emotions. When responding to them, talk from a place of love and peace. We encourage you to approach the situation without anger and hostility.

Remember they may not be surprised

Although you may think you’ve hidden the addiction well, your loved ones may be more aware of it than you realize. Those close to you can often sense quite easily when something is off.

Explain your plan to take action

They may not trust your words if they’ve heard it before. It’s an understandable reaction so make sure to talk them through it, rather than get angry. Explaining the concrete steps you plan to take towards sobriety and recovery is a way to prove to them that you mean it. 

Share information about treatment programs

If you’ve done some research about treatment options, show them information about the program. We highly recommend doing some research and proving to them that you’re serious about sobriety.

Opening up to your loved ones is an amazing step that will provide plenty of relief once it’s over with. Remember to be patient with yourself and those you love. Honesty will free you in more ways than one.

How to Ask for Help Getting Sober: Talking to a Treatment Expert

Whether talking to a treatment expert is your first or second step, it helps to be prepared for the conversation. After admission to rehabilitation, “pre-intake screening” will typically be conducted through the phone. Pre-intake screening can also be done during a potential patient’s initial phone call. 

Our trained staff’s goal is to help guide you from the very beginning through the end. To best help you, an in-depth conversation is first required. To help prepare you, our caring counselors will discuss matters such as:

  • Types of drugs abused
  • Drug history
  • Length of time drugs were used
  • Treatment history
  • Any possible underlying mental or emotional disorders
  • Employment conditions
  • Family life
  • Legal issues
  • Any medical issues
  • Family history
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • History of psychiatric care
  • List of any current medications

Seek Help Today

There is no reason to let the fear of asking for help about getting sober prevent you from doing so. Asking for help about getting sober is a sign of strength. Being able to admit that you have a problem, and taking the right steps to fix it is huge. We would be honored to be the ones to help guide you along this journey.

At North Jersey Recovery, we have many treatment resources to help you through recovery. Our team of expert physicians, psychologists, and other medical professionals are eager to help you change your life. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us here for more information about treatment programs.