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The Ultimate Guide to Helping a Loved One Through Addiction: Alcohol & Drug Rehab

A man speaks in an addiction recovery support group.

Updated on

2 May, 2024

Dealing with addiction is difficult for everyone involved. The disease of addiction often strains relationships, finances, and more.

However, addiction is by no means a hopeless situation. If you take one thing away from this guide, it should be that you can find help for your loved one.

There are evidence-based, proven treatments that can help your loved one achieve more stable health and a sense of well-being. You can find a compassionate and professional treatment provider to help your loved one.

Our Ultimate Guide to Helping a Loved One Through Addiction is designed to answer your questions about addiction, substance use disorder, and drug rehab centers. It can help you better understand the concept of addiction, which is so important for interacting with and helping someone dealing with substance use disorder.

What You’ll Find in This Comprehensive Guide to Addiction Recovery and Drug Rehab

Across 9 chapters, you’ll find helpful guidance, evidence-backed information, and valuable context about treating substance use disorder. We encourage you to read the entire guide or pick from the chapters most relevant to your needs. Here’s what you can expect to find:

Chapter 1 offers helpful information about substance use disorder. That includes potential signs of substance use disorder and its effects on families and friends. It also clarifies the difference between substance use disorder and addiction, which are closely related but not exactly the same.

Chapter 2 looks at some of the most addictive substances and explains their basic nature and addictive potential. It also describes the science of addiction — how addiction causes changes in a person’s brain.

Chapter 3 focuses on the first step for many people in addiction recovery: intervention. This chapter includes valuable resources for learning about intervention. It also offers a detailed review of how interventions should be organized and staged to encourage your loved one to seek treatment.

Chapter 4 looks at how to help an alcoholic who doesn’t want help. It shares advice for effective communication, supporting your loved one without enabling them, and taking care of yourself as well.

Chapter 5 reviews drug detox, the first step in active treatment for many people who struggle with substance use disorder. You’ll learn about how the medical detox process works, how patients are kept safe and comfortable, and how detox sets the stage for future progress.

Chapter 6 provides an overview of recovery from addiction: the drug and alcohol rehab process as a whole. It shares helpful guidance for continuing recovery after intensive treatment at an addiction treatment center has ended, too.

Chapter 7 highlights the importance of dual diagnosis. As it covers in much more detail, many mental health concerns can contribute to addiction. Treating substance use disorder along with those concerns is often crucial for long-term recovery and sobriety.

Chapter 8 recognizes the influence of addiction on families. It provides learning resources on the topic and suggestions for healing from the harm that addiction can cause.

Chapter 9 helps you learn how to support a loved one who commits to entering rehab for drugs and alcohol. Crucially, it also shares information on how to take care of yourself in this situation.

At Infinite Recovery, we use a broad range of evidence-based treatments, therapies, and services to build and act on individualized treatment plans for people struggling with addiction. We do so while always keeping patients’ comfort and dignity in mind. We’re committed to supporting our patients’ loved ones, too.

Today is a new day. You can help your loved one enter and move through the alcohol and drug rehab process. We’re here to help — reach out to us today.

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