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Information for Family Members

Addiction does not just leave the addict hopeless, defeated and unsure. It is a disease that affects the whole family. Drug addiction and alcoholism tear families apart and break relationships with regularity. Seeing a loved one battle a substance abuse problem is hard. A Better Today Recovery Services is here to provide families with a solution to their hard times. We offer comprehensive, individual inpatient rehab plans that can help anyone recover from their substance abuse problem.

ABT feels that the addict’s family should be involved with the loved one’s rehab process. It is hard work for someone to complete a rehab program, your loved one needs support. Our medical staff and case managers try their best to make simple for families to stay up to date on their loved one’s progression. It can be difficult to send your loved one to rehab for 90 days, but it’s the right decision.

Addiction is a disease that must be treated with medical professionals for the addict or alcoholic to have a real chance at recovering. Rehab does not cure anyone’s substance abuse problem, but in rehab you can learn that it is possible to live without using drugs or alcohol to provide your happiness.

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Feel Included with Your Loved One’s Progress

Each client at ABT is assigned a case manager who will be in close contact with the family. Throughout your loved one’s rehab plan you will be given updates on how he or she is doing. When your loved one moves on to the next level of care, the case manager will notify you. It is normal to worry about your family member while they are in rehab, which is why ABT’s staff tries to keep families clam and informed.

Each Saturday family members are allowed to visit their loved one. If you are not in the same state as an ABT facility, we setup Skype sessions. These visitations are meant to prove to your loved one that people care about them. It can be hard for them to be in rehab. Chances are people were lied to and cheated during the addict’s using years so there is a lot to fix in most family relationships that had a falling out due to drug addiction or alcoholism.

If loved ones feel support and truly believe that their family knows they are doing the right thing by attending rehab, then they are more likely to put in effort to complete their stint. Inpatient rehab can really test someone, emotionally and physically, knowing their family has their back can help clients stick it out to get the professional help they need.

Family Therapy

Often, family therapy is needed to regroup from a member having a substance abuse problem. Everyone was effected in a different way, it can be hard to connect with one another over the situations that occurred. Working through a family therapy routine can help each family member be able to convey how they feel. The addict or alcoholic may have hurt those close to him or her while some family members may be trying to take the blame for the loved one’s addiction in the first place. These group meetings are led by a therapist who can help everyone relay their messages.

Family and close friends might not understand what it takes for someone in recovery to live a sober lifestyle. In family therapy, members have a chance to listen and learn how hard it is for the addict. On the other side of things, the family members can express the emotions to the loved one about what they went through when that person was using. In rehab, clients learn how to look at their addiction from the outside looking in, so they can enter family therapy with a better understanding of what they put their family through. If everyone is on the page and working to understand each other, the addict will not feel as isolated or unwanted, making recovery easier.

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Intervention Overview

Probably the most needed family resource when it comes to addiction is how to hold an intervention for a loved one. An intervention is a gathering of the family and friends of someone who has a drug or alcohol problem. These people gather to express concern about the person’s substance abuse, in hopes to get that person the professional help they need. Interventions can backfire, but it is important to note that it is not uncommon for people to need multiple interventions before they side with their family and get the help they need.

In an intervention, it can be easy to get too emotional and want to point out all the negative things the addict or alcoholic has done over his or her years of abusing substances. Everyone should come prepared with a written statement to read to the loved one. After the introduction has been made, everyone should read their statement. These scripts should include specific examples of how the addict’s drug abuse has effect the relationships with that person.

Pointing how badly the drug and alcohol use has effect close relationships will hopefully urge the loved one to seek help. Many addicts live in denial about their substance abuse problems, but an intervention can help bring those issues to the surface. For more information and tips on interventions, call ABT today.

Consider Pushing Traveling for Treatment

ABT recommends that families allow and urge their loved one to travel to receive treatment for an addiction. While you might not like the idea of having your family member far away during this tough time, traveling might give him or her the best advantages possible. During an addiction, most people develop bad habits in bad surroundings. If people travel for treatment, they get far away from everything and everyone that triggers their addiction. Getting time and space to clear their mind, can be a huge plus in the battle against their addiction.

Our facilities are willing to accommodate to clients who travel from across the country. Our case managers and medical professionals will keep clients’ loved ones up to date on everything that is happening in their rehab program. It is understandable to want to stay close during their journey toward recovery, but if they are able to skip town for a while they might have a better chance of recovering. Get your loved one away from his or her go-to drug dealer or friends or encourage the drug and alcohol use. See if your loved one will consider traveling for treatment. Assure them that they have a chance to climb out of the low that their addiction has put them in.

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Never Give Up

Your loved one’s addiction may have you on your last straw, but it is important to remember not to give up. While not every inpatient rehab center can offer the guidance and client care you want for your loved one, ABT can. We are here to help anyone with any sort of substance abuse problem. We also believe that each client’s family should be involved in the recovery process. You want top level care for your loved one, we want to provide that top-level care. Our trained professionals help clients work through their own individualized rehab plan. Everyone has been effected by a different addiction for a different reason, so each client will have different needs.

Call us today to speak with an addiction specialists who can go more in-depth about how ABT can help your loved one. Each day you let pass before you call is another day you risk losing your loved one to their addiction forever. We can help them get back to living a happy, sober and family-filled life.

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Saving Lives, Healing Families

Reliable, Impartial Resources Matter to When it Comes to Life Saving Treatment

No one likes to be lied to with fake news. In this day and age, it is key to know that the information you are learning comes from a reputable source that is not funded by organizations that could benefit from certain outcomes and proven effective in the scientific or psychology community.  Below are the sources we used to develop all ABTRS content, blogs, and webpages. Trust is hard to come by and we prefer to earn it. We will continue to provide our patients and their families with reputable sources that are up to date and relevant.

NIDA. (2018, January 17). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition). Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition on 2019, February 13

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. What Is Substance Abuse Treatment? A Booklet for Families. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 14-4126. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2004.

NIDA. (2018, January 17). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition). Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition on 2019, February 13

Saving Lives, Healing Families

Reliable Sources Matter to ABTRS

At ABTRS, we believe it is important to use reputable sources when communicating with our patients, their families, and potential clientele. Therefore, we have built all our information, statistics, treatment modalities, and practices on reliable resources that are supported by data, scientific methodology and/or testing.

A strong foundation for recovery should be built upon knowledge that is impartial, not funded by organizations that could benefit from certain outcomes, and proven or tested to be effective for substance abuse treatment and aftercare. Below are the sources used to construct the content on our website and any and all written material from ABTRS. We will continue to try to provide our patients and their families with reputable sources that are up to date and relevant.

Addressing Chemically Dependent Colleagues Volume 2/Issue 2 July 2011. Retrieved from https://www.ncsbn.org/Addressing_Chemically_Dependent.pdf

Mealer, M., Burnham, E. L., Goode, C. J., Rothbaum, B., & Moss, M. (2009). The prevalence and impact of post-traumatic stress disorder and burnout syndrome in nurses. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2919801/

The Opioid Crisis and the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist: How Can We Help. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.aana.com/docs/default-source/aana-journal-web-documents-1/guest-editorial—the-opioid-crisis-and-the-certified-registered-nurse-anesthetist—how-can-we-help.pdf?sfvrsn=76ad4ab1_4

Toney-Butler TJ, Siela D. Recognizing Alcohol and Drug Impairment in the Workplace in Florida. (2018). Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507774/

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