How to Get Your Loved One Help with Addiction

Getting a loved one treatment

Addiction is a chronic medical condition that can be successfully treated and managed just like asthma, diabetes, and many other chronic health conditions. If you have a loved one who is suffering from addiction, you may be unsure about the next best step to take to connect your loved one with treatment at a drug rehab center. Addiction treatment is more accessible than you may think, and is available in nearly every city across the United States to serve people who are diagnosed with substance use disorders.

Here’s what you can do to help a loved one who is struggling with addiction.

Educate Yourself about Detox Treatments

The more you know about detox treatments, the more helpful you can be with locating and choosing the right treatment program for your loved one. Some people with substance use disorders avoid seeking treatment for fear of suffering painful withdrawal symptoms when discontinuing drugs and alcohol. But many of today’s detox treatments involve the use of medications that relieve some or all withdrawal symptoms—including drug and alcohol cravings.

If your loved one is addicted to heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, or any other opioid, medications exist that can make detox and withdrawal a more comfortable experience. If your loved one is dependent on alcohol, a medical detox at drug rehab can help reduce the risk of life-threatening complications such as seizures and heart problems. Addiction to prescription drugs like amphetamines, benzodiazepines, and sleep aids can all be treated using a tapering schedule to reduce the severity of withdrawal. Regardless of which substances your loved one is using, detox services at drug rehab can often help minimize withdrawal symptoms.

Perform an Insurance Benefits Check

Many health insurance companies provide partial or full coverage for addiction treatment—including Medicare and Medicaid. Reputable drug rehab centers usually accept most forms of insurance and allow you to verify your insurance benefits before discussing your treatment options.

Obtain your loved one’s health insurance information, and then fill out an insurance verification form to find out which treatment programs are covered under their plan. Your loved one may be able to receive full or partial coverage for services such as detox, inpatient residential rehab, outpatient treatment, and many others.

Decide on Inpatient vs. Outpatient Drug Rehab

Most drug rehab centers offer several levels of care and treatment programs that can be tailored to each individual patient. Some programs are highly intensive, while others offer more flexibility to serve those who have jobs and families. The right treatment program can help your loved one achieve long-term abstinence from drugs and alcohol.

Inpatient residential rehab programs offer 24-hour medical care, monitoring, and support for those who have co-occurring mental illnesses or health conditions. These programs allow your loved one to live at the treatment center while attending daily individual and group therapy sessions. Inpatient residential rehab is highly structured and helps your loved one focus on recovery without distractions or access to drugs and alcohol.

Outpatient rehab programs meet for a set amount of hours on a daily or weekly basis. Partial hospitalization programs meet for up to 6 hours per day on at least 5 days per week, while intensive outpatient programs meet less frequently for between 3 and 5 hours per day on at least 3 days per week. Many patients begin with detox and inpatient residential rehab, then transition to outpatient programs as they progress through recovery.

If your loved one is suffering from addiction, Purpose Healing Center can help. We offer inpatient residential rehab and outpatient programs that can help your loved one recover from a drug or alcohol use disorder. Contact us today at 480-579-3319 to begin the treatment process.