We’ve compiled frequently asked questions to help you recognize drug addiction or alcoholism in yourself or a loved one. While our assembled FAQs provides insights into substance misuse, it isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice. If you or a loved one are grappling with addiction, reach out to our office today for expert assistance. Knowledge is power, and we’re here to empower you on this journey.
How do I know if I’m addicted to drugs and/or alcohol?
Recognizing and admitting that you may have a problem with drugs or alcohol is an important first step toward recovery. Addiction is a complex condition that affects individuals differently, but there are common signs and symptoms that can indicate a substance use disorder. Here are some indicators that you may be struggling with addiction:
- Loss of Control: One of the hallmark signs of addiction is the inability to control your substance use. You may find it challenging to limit or stop using drugs or alcohol, even when you want to.
- Cravings and Preoccupation: If you frequently experience intense cravings or a persistent preoccupation with obtaining and using drugs or alcohol, it could be a sign of addiction. You may find that your thoughts and actions revolve around substance use, and it becomes a primary focus in your life.
- Tolerance and Withdrawal: Developing tolerance, where you need increasing amounts of a substance to achieve the desired effect, is common in addiction. Additionally, experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you stop using or reduce your intake can indicate physical dependence and addiction.
- Neglected Responsibilities and Relationships: Addiction often leads to neglecting important responsibilities at work, school, or home. You may find yourself skipping work, neglecting personal hygiene, or ignoring family and social obligations due to your substance use.
- Health and Emotional Changes: You may notice changes such as deteriorating physical appearance, weight loss or gain, mood swings, increased anxiety or depression, and a decline in overall well-being.
- Failed Attempts to Quit: If you have made repeated attempts to cut back or quit using drugs or alcohol but have been unsuccessful, it could be a sign of addiction. Difficulty in maintaining abstinence despite your best efforts indicates a need for professional help.
Is mental health affected by substance addiction?
Yes, substance addiction can significantly impact mental health. There is a strong and complex relationship between addiction and mental health disorders. That’s why at Emerge Healing Center we treat a range of illnesses, including Dual Diagnosis and Trauma treatment.
How can I help a loved one struggling with addiction?
Watching a loved one struggle with substance addiction can be distressing, but there are steps you can take to provide support and encourage their journey to recovery. Here are some ways you can help:
- Educate Yourself: Start by educating yourself about addiction and its effects. Understanding the nature of addiction, common signs and symptoms, and available treatment options can help you approach the situation with empathy and knowledge.
- Express Concern and Support: Approach your loved one with compassion and express your concern for their well-being. Let them know that you are there to support them throughout their recovery journey. Avoid judgment or criticism, as this can create barriers to open communication.
- Encourage Professional Help: Encourage your loved one to seek professional help from addiction specialists, therapists, or healthcare professionals. Offer to help them research treatment options, make appointments, or accompany them to their initial consultations.
Is it possible to get help for an addicted loved one without their consent?
Getting help for a loved one struggling with addiction can be challenging, especially if they are unwilling or unable to recognize the severity of their situation. While it is generally best to have the individual’s consent for treatment, there are certain circumstances in which you can still seek help for them, even without their consent. Here are some options to consider:
- Intervention: An intervention involves a carefully planned and structured conversation with your loved one, family members, and a professional interventionist. The goal is to help the person understand the impact of their addiction and encourage them to seek treatment. While an intervention can be emotionally charged, it can be an effective way to express concern and present treatment options.
- Involuntary Commitment: In some cases, when a person’s addiction poses an immediate danger to themselves or others, and they are unable to make rational decisions, it may be possible to initiate an involuntary commitment process. This typically involves legal procedures and requires evidence of the person’s inability to care for their own well-being due to their addiction.
- Seek Professional Advice: Consulting with addiction specialists, therapists, or counselors who have experience in dealing with addiction can provide you with guidance on navigating the situation. They can assess the circumstances and offer insights into the best course of action to help your loved one.
What is the first step in learning more about treatment options and if it’s right for me or my loved one?
Taking the initial step towards understanding treatment options can feel overwhelming, given the inherent emotions of guilt and shame that often accompany addiction and mental health issues. However, remember that the first crucial step is reaching out for help. At Emerge Healing Center, we’re committed to providing a safe, non-judgmental environment where you can explore your options. Our expert team can guide you through the process, explaining different treatments and how they may align with your or your loved one’s needs. It’s important to remember that seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. We’re here to support your journey toward healing and recovery.
Do you have any resources on your treatment center or educational material on addiction?
We have a wealth of resources available to broaden your understanding of addiction and treatment options. Our extensive blog is a great place to start. It encompasses a wide range of topics, from the nature of various addictions and therapy techniques to the underlying science of addiction.
Moreover, we provide detailed information about our unique treatment programs at Emerge Healing Center, including holistic therapy and specialized trauma and PTSD programs. This can offer a clearer picture of what to expect during the recovery journey.
Why should I choose Emerge Healing Center for addiction treatment?
While there are ongoing treatment programs available, we at Emerge Healing Center believe that trauma is often the root cause of addiction. We are aware trauma can manifest in many forms of maladaptive coping and we want to equip each client with tools to love themselves through every one of those. Our rehab center is located just outside of Atlanta in the Alpharetta area. Our services address both the psychological and physical needs of our clients. We believe in having a clinical program that is constantly evolving in order to help our clients reach their ultimate goal – long-term recovery.
Who does Emerge Healing Center treat?
Emerge Healing Center treats any adult, 18+ years of age, male or female, struggling with a substance use addiction or alcoholism with a high focus on healing trauma.
What programs do you offer?
At Emerge Healing Center we offer a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), along with a Trauma & PTSD Program. During the assessment, our highly qualified team will work with you to determine which program is most appropriate for setting you up for long-term recovery.
What exactly do you treat?
What therapies do you use in treatment?
Emerge Healing Center offers a multitude of modalities that are backed by evidence-based approaches. Our experiential therapies help create individualized programming designed to help clients gain insight into their addiction, mental health disorders, and trauma. These include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Holistic Therapy, Rapid Resolution Therapy, 12 Step Education, Equine Therapy, and EMDR, along with individual and group therapy.
How do I know if my insurance will cover treatment?
Head to our admissions page, enter your information, and we will get back to you as soon as possible to see if you’re covered.
How long is treatment?
The length of treatment depends on which program you are enrolled in and your particular treatment plan, put together by our licensed staff. For more details, talk to our empathetic admissions team at 770-573-0055.