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The Recovery Process

Joshua Thatcher

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The Addict

Perhaps the most important thing to understand about drug addicts is that in almost all cases they live in the delusion that they do not have a problem. They often times lie to themselves about the reasons why they use drugs the way they use drugs. They always have excuses and justifications for their behavior.

Because of this common character trait, planning an intervention is tricky and in certain cases it may not be the most appropriate option. However, if you are going to plan an intervention, it is important that you know where to start.

The Intervention

In order to plan an effective intervention, you will need to find someone who has experience in this area. This does NOT mean that you have to go hire a “professional" interventionist. There is plenty of resources right in your local community. You might try calling a local twelve step program or hospital who deals with intervention. The intervention process should be directed and mediated by a third party who is not emotionally involved in the life of the person who the intervention is for.

Once the intervention is carried out, you will know if the addict is willing to accept help. Should your loved one agree to accept help during the intervention, you will then need to make arrangements for some kind of drug rehab.

Drug Rehab

In choosing a drug rehab program, you will need to consider a few things. The first of which is cost. Can you afford a drug rehab program? It is important that you know that there is a large amount of free help offered to addicts. You do not need to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars for a drug rehab. If you have the money to spend then by all means find the best place you can, but if you do not have the money there is no need to fret. Look on the internet and within your local community to search for free or near free drug rehab programs.

Back into the world

Once your loved one completes the drug rehab, it will be time to re enter the world. This is where the real work begins. The newly sober addict will now have to take all of the tools learned in drug rehab and apply them to real life.

Please remember that even if they do not stay sober the first time out of the drug rehab, there is still hope. The seed has been planted and they know where to turn for help if they want it.

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