Be prepared with the facts about addiction and alcoholism.
Alcoholism is a disease.
Alcoholism is a very serious disease in which someone cannot limit his or her own drinking; is preoccupied with getting and consuming alcohol; or experiences withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to stop drinking. Alcoholism consists of using a substance to the point of intoxication — then repeating that process regularly. It is often used to describe all levels of alcohol use disorder. Including binge drinking, alcohol dependence, and other types of habitual or excessive alcohol consumption.
Drug addiction recovery.
The effects of drug addiction specifically target the brain’s cognitive processes; which include reasoning, learning, and memory. As drug use continues, these systems continue to undergo chemical changes that directly impact a person’s priorities and motivations. These changes account for the incessant cravings and ongoing preoccupation with acquiring and using addictive substances.
Know what you’re looking for.
If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be suffering from substance abuse issues — there are signs to watch out for. We've put together a comprehensive list of what to keep an eye (or two) on.
Helping you to help them.
Family members are generally the strongest and most important support system for our clients within our treatment programs. Therefore, an essential part of a holistic treatment plan is family involvement. Family members are sometimes very confused, angry, sad, anxious, and reluctant to participate in family sessions. However, research shows that family involvement is critical in the long-term recovery process.