An addiction to alcohol and drugs can be devastating for friends and families. They can struggle with the huge impact that an addicts behaviour can have and they can try to manage for prolonged periods of time which can often be for many years.
Encouraging a loved one to seek help for drug or alcohol addiction can be difficult, it may be hard for them to recognise they have an addition. At Ocean Recovery Centre we provide a drug and alcohol intervention service.
Ocean Recovery Centre has been helping families and friends with loved ones who suffer from addiction for years. We ensure each family member is also provided the support they need to repair relationships and work together to beat the drug or alcohol addiction.
Our intervention service is devised to encourage communication between the client and family members. Our intervention specialist will also help your loved one to break their denial and admit they have an addiction.
Don’t wait until you can’t manage, seek help for your friend or family member as soon as you realise there may be a problem.
There is no ‘quick fix’ and take time to fully resolve; there maybe set backs along the way but dedication from both your loved one suffering with addiction and friends and family is essential for complete recovery.
Treating addiction is a hard job, for the client and loved ones, be it can be made even harder if we cannot support their friends and family support network. Family members can feel isolated as they battle with the behaviour and addiction of their loved one.
People close to someone suffering from addiction can experience feelings of shame and guilt, often creating reasons to share the blame for the addiction. The causes of addiction are different with every client and often the reasons behind the addiction are complex.
Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of addictions can vary from person to person. These can also depend on the type of addiction that you or your loved one is suffering from.
Addiction is a disease with a range of harmful conditions and behaviours. Being able to recognize these signs can help a person with addiction receive the treatment they need. Someone with an addiction will crave a substance or other behavioural habits. They’ll often ignore other areas of life to fulfil or support their desires.
Below are a few factors which contribute towards noticing signs of an addiction:
Behavioural Signs of Addiction
- – Disrupted sleep patterns
- – Legal problems
- – Relationship problems
- – Financial problems
- – Losing job (look up your rights in terms of whether it is illegal to fire a drug addict)
- – Conversations dominated by using or drug/alcohol related topics
Physical Signs of Addiction
- – Dilated pupils, red eyes
- – Looking pale or undernourished
- – Clothes do not fit the same
- – Weight loss
- – Change in eating habits
- – Lack of personal hygiene
Emotional Signs of Addiction
- – Argumentative
- – Defensiveness
- – Inability to deal with stress
- – Confused easily
- – Denial
- – Blaming – Placing the blame for the behaviour on someone else
- – Diversion – Changing the subject to avoid discussing the topic
The First Steps
The first step towards becoming drug and alcohol free, is detoxing. Upon successful completion of the detox stage you will be moved onto the next phase of rehab. This will be more focused towards healing the mind. There are a range of rehabilitation plans available and will choose one which best suits your needs.
However, your journey doesn’t end there. We offer 12 months of free aftercare programme to those who complete their programme. We make sure to put together an aftercare plan which best suit you, ensuring you are well looked after and feel confident returning back to day to day life.
If you’d like to find out more about our services, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our team today.
Get In Touch
At Ocean Recovery Centre we are here to help ensure that these feelings are not experienced and we work closely with friends and family during the whole treatment process, including when the client enters our aftercare treatment programme.
Here at our centre, we provide a range of Friends and Family Intervention Services. These are a great way to assist families in developing the skills needed to support a loved one when the return.
Our experienced team are available 7 days a week to talk and provide you, as the family member or friend, with as much guidance and information that you need.
The admission is only the start of the recovery journey at Ocean Recovery Centre. Throughout the stay at our clinic, staff will provide you with regular updates and feedback (if authorised) via the phone and offer any support regarding any concerns you may have.
Our admissions team will:
- – Understand your concerns and discuss our treatment programmes
- – Help select the right clinic location within our group of centres
- – Discuss your financial budget and our affordable programmes
- – Provide guidance on how to manage addiction and associated behaviour
- – Answer all of your questions about the treatment and recovery
- – Provide telephone support before, during and after the addiction treatment
- – Explore the enhanced Family Intervention Services with you so you can support your loved one.
Get in touch with us today or visit on of our centres.
What are the earliest Signs of Addiction?
Overall, you need to pay attention to the quantity of the substance someone is using. Using the substance in larger and larger amounts should be a red flag to the person that they may be on the path to addiction. However, this all depends on what substance is being abused.
How to Spot the Early Warning Signs of Addiction.
There are a few signs which contribute towards spotting the early signs of addiction including neglecting responsibilities, change in overall mood, increased use of drug or alcohol use, drinking alone or drinking on a regular basis out of boredom.
How to help someone with an Addiction?
When approaching the topic of a drug or alcohol addiction with a loved one, make sure not to sound condescending or judgemental. Offer your support and in serious cases, make a referral or enquiry about the matter as soon as possible.