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What To Do If Your Family Turns Their Back On You for Being Addicted To Drugs


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration states that 23.5 million people over the age of 12 required treatment for substance abuse in 2009 in the United States. Relationships are often broken by the lying, stealing, cheating, violence, and manipulation that addiction causes. These interpersonal issues will have to be repaired before the addicted person can become a part of the family group or groups of friends.

Get Treatment

The first step in repairing your relationships is to get professional help for your addiction from a alcohol and drug rehabilitation center. Only after you have detoxified your body and returned to normal thinking and behavior will you be in a position to understand how the addiction has affected people around you. A drug treatment facility will offer the counseling you need to deal with the issues that caused you to become addicted, and can offer practical information on restoring you work, family, and social life to full function.

Put Your Life Back Together

After treatment, you can slowly begin to take on the duties and challenges of normal life without substance abuse. Restoring your work skills and reputation can be difficult, and it is a situation where the support of family and friends can be critical. However, if they are not yet able to offer their help, find others who can offer support for your efforts. Counselors and other people who are dealing with these same problems can provide the encouragement and compassion you need to deal with difficulties on this journey.

Avoid People and Situations That Cause Relapse

During recovery, people frequently experience strong cravings for their substance of choice. Relapse rates can be as high as 50 to 90 percent, depending on the type of substance and length of abuse. Relapses often occur and can threaten to undo all the work toward sobriety that has been accomplished. Many people find that avoiding old friends and situations associated with the substance abuse can help to prevent these relapses. Then, the individual can concentrate on putting events of the past behind them and focusing on the future.

Find Ways To Say You’re Sorry

Sometimes, the words “I’m sorry” can mend a great deal of injured feelings. However, a simple apology may not be enough for years of stress and emotional injury that family and friends may have had to endure. Don’t be discouraged if your heartfelt apologies aren’t accepted. The pain of dealing with an addict goes deep and takes time to repair. Do your best to let the person know you truly regret any pain you have caused with short notes or occasional phone calls to inquire how they are. A small gift for their birthdays or Christmas can show you care and want to resume a healthy relationship with them.

Give Family and Friends Space

Each person involved with an addicted person must deal with the aftermath in their own way. You may not be aware of the deep emotions that addiction has provoked in the family member or friend. Make occasional contact and allow the people to deal with their own feelings about resuming the relationship. Encourage them to get counseling to help resolve old issues.

Work On Your Own Issues

Recovery from addiction does not occur as a single event or period of time. It is an ongoing process that requires a concentrated effort and intense desire to return to a normal path of life. If you work on your own issues, you will better understand the difficulties that friends and family have experienced in dealing with your addiction. This skill of empathy can help you to regain your former relationships.


National Institute on Drug Abuse: Treatment Statistics



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How to Finance Your Drug Rehabilitation

How-to-Finance-Your-Drug-Rehabilitation7 Ways to Finance Your Drug Rehabilitation

When it comes to paying for alcohol and drug rehabilitation, the best way to pay for it is in cash. On the other hand, many substance abusers don’t have the necessary funds it takes to pay for even a portion of their treatment services. When financing rehab becomes an issue, it is imperative to take other alternatives into consideration. Fortunately, there are several alternatives, making it simple for anyone to take part in treatment no matter their financial situations.

Alternative #1: Friends and Family

Whether you have only one close friend or an abundance of family members, chances are, these people want to see you get better. When you get to the point that you are aware that you have problem and you are ready to go to treatment, your loved ones will be ecstatic. In fact, they may even be willing to pay for your treatment. If you are nervous about asking them for help, know that this is not uncommon, but you will need all types of help to be successful in recovery. There is nothing wrong with asking for help, including when it comes to asking for financial help.

Alternative #2: Program Financing

There are many treatment programs that offer their own financing options. Such options may include:

  • Paying for half of the treatment upfront, followed by paying off the balance according to monthly payments
  • Monthly payments
  • Working with third-party lenders
  • Making payments once treatment has been completed

Alternative #3: Credit Card


Credit cards should only be used during times of emergency, and technically, getting yourself clean should be considered an emergency. If you have no other way to finance your treatment, consider paying for your services using a credit card. Just make sure you charge your expenses to a card with a low interest rate.

Alternative #4: Personal Loan

Many times, substance abusers don’t have good credit because during their active state of addiction, they didn’t properly tend to their credit issues; however, if you can qualify, try obtaining a personal loan from a local bank to fund your treatment. You may need to provide collateral to secure the loan. If this is the case, try using your vehicle as collateral; however, most likely, you will have to fully own the car before being able to take out a loan against it.

Alternative #5: Savings Account

Do you have a savings account? If so, consider using the funds to finance your treatment. After all, a savings account is meant to fund things of importance, and there is nothing more important than getting yourself clean.

Alternative #6: Health Insurance

If you have health insurance, especially a plan that you have obtained through your employer, chances are, the policy will cover your treatment services for a certain amount of time. For example, the insurance may pay for 30 days worth of treatment. If you take part in a 90 day program, at least 30 days worth of services will be covered.

Alternative #7: Sell Your Assets

Do you own anything of value that you can live without? Maybe a boat or extra vehicle? If so, you can sell these items to pay for your treatment. If you have any funds left over, you can use them to start your new life. After all, you will be living a new life once you complete your treatment. You may even have to relocate, so having the extra funds will be of great benefit to you.

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