Dealing with a family member who is suffering from addiction is something that can greatly affect every member of the family tree. Relationships may deteriorate or become stronger depending on how the situation is handled. While some families opt to try to help their family members themselves, it might be better to leave it to the hands of professionals. If you have no idea what rehabilitation programs fit with their needs, you may check out the list below for some tips.
- The staff members have the proper credentials and experience – Of course, the first thing you should look at how capable the staff at the center is. This is for everyone, not just the therapists and psychologists but also medical personnel like nurses or aides. Aside from their education or training, you can find out how many years they have been practising and what their specializations are. Your family member may have specific needs and you need to make sure that the clinic or center is prepared for that. Schedule a visit to the place to also see their amenities and the whole atmosphere of the place.
- Check whether the treatment they do is something you are comfortable with – This is very important. There are some treatment programs that treat their drug patients by just swapping the drugs they are used to with another drug. While this is certainly legal, there is still that danger that they may also become dependent on that drug. There are also some medicines that can cause liver distress and the like. If this is not something you are comfortable with, you may want to look for other options that use other means in order to recover from their addiction. Try to ask what their methods are for alleviating the cravings for their addiction.
- Look at how they try to involve the families in the process – It’s better for those recovering from drug or alcohol abuse if their families understand and are also a part of their recovery process. The good thing is that there are family support programs in Australia that recognize just how important the role of the family is for those who are recovering. Some programs host Family Night where they can explain more about what addiction is and give tips on how they can support their loved ones.
- Check the skills they teach their patients – While the goal of getting them into a rehabilitation program is for them to recover from their addiction, you want the effect to be beyond that. Because once they go out of the center, they will be faced with the same problems. You want them to learn life skills which will help them cope with the stresses of life and the possibility of being faced with the same temptation of drugs or alcohol. You want your loved ones to improve not just physically but emotionally as well.
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