Do Successful-Seeming People Need Addiction Help?

An Orlando friend, parent, spouse or coworker may live a highly successful life—maintaining a job, getting the kids to school, staying active at the gym, etc. All may seem fine on the surface, but private addiction issues may plague this person. If an Orlando drug addict can maintain her responsibilities, others may wonder if her drug abuse is really a problem. Can successful-seeming people struggle with addiction, or is their highly-functioning lifestyle a sign that they still have everything under control?
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What Enabling an Addict Looks Like

Drug and alcohol addiction is often a family disease and with good reason, because living with an Orlando drug addict affects almost every aspect of your life. As a family member, you want your loved one to quit drugs, but your help may actually hinder recovery. Get help figuring out how others enable addiction so you can truly help your loved one.
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What Do Recovery Professionals Do That I Can’t Do?

Willpower alone is not enough to break a drug addiction. Drugs chemically change the brain as it alters behavioral patterns and causes unbearable, sometimes deadly, withdrawal symptoms. An Orlando drug addict needs proper care to help him safely discontinue drug use, recover from relapse and eventually to reach a state of total freedom from substance abuse.
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Avoid Setting Yourself up for Recovery Failure

Avoid Setting Yourself up for Recovery Failure

Accepting the need for addiction treatment is a big step. However, recovery is a process with many twists and turns. There are things that Orlando residents can do to either increase their odds of success or set themselves up for failure. Take steps today to safeguard addiction.
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Talk to Your Kids about a Family History of Addiction

Talk to Your Kids about a Family History of Addiction

Addiction can run in the family. If you or other members of your family show a tendency for addiction, there may be several reasons. The connection between your family and addiction may be genetic or it may be environmental. Often, Orlando families pass on drug habits to their children. However, it’s important to be aware of any tendencies for addiction that run in your family; with this awareness you can be cautious and prevent future generations of your family from addiction.
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Taking Personal Responsibility for a Future without Addiction

Taking Personal Responsibility for a Future without Addiction

Fortunately, there is an abundance of support for recovering addicts. Some popular means of support are as follows:

  • Support groups
  • Family support
  • Counseling
  • Aftercare programs

These groups allow Orlando addicts to express their struggles in a judgment-free environment and, in the case of counseling and aftercare programs, to seek advice from qualified professionals. These groups offer encouragement to addicts as well as helpful advice on making the most of life outside of rehab. Indeed, some addicts become so swamped with advice and support that it becomes easy for them to coast through recovery. This support is essential to recovery, yet should never take the place of personal dedication, motivation, and growth.
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How to Respond to Your Loved One’s Drug Use

How to Respond to Your Loved One's Drug Use

There is a lot of accurate and inaccurate information available on the subject of addiction. Rely upon sites dedicated to recovery or those sponsored by the government for accurate information, and remain cautious with blogs and question/answer forums. In addition to the internet, Al-Anon and Nar-Anon programs offer open meetings. AA and NA are specifically for the loved ones of addicts. Attending these meetings not only offers information, but also access to the daily impact of addiction. You can learn about the temptations and triggers facing your Orlando loved one. You will see that you are not isolated in your battle against addiction, and that the addict is not alone in the addiction.
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How Addiction Impacts Learning and Memory

How Addiction Impacts Learning and Memory

Many Orlando residents know that drug and alcohol addiction affect behavior, but you may not have considered the way they affect your brain. Addiction can hinder your capacity to learn and can limit your memory. When you abuse drugs you may not notice how they affect your brain, but drug and alcohol addiction can drastically affect your brain functioning. You should do everything you can to avoid the impact of addiction, and that includes seeking professional help immediately.
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Family Reconciliation after Addiction

Family Reconciliation after Addiction

Addiction takes a toll on the user, but what may go overlooked are the effects it can have on the user’s family. Orlando family members may not understand the user’s addiction, and the user often distances himself from the family as a result of his addiction. Resolving all the issues that come along with an addiction isn’t easy, but it’s important to address any lingering issues that came along with the addiction. Your loved one is getting the treatment he needs to heal; now it’s time for the family to heal. Orlando families can heal from addiction through therapy where they can talk about the addiction and how it’s affected them.
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I Can Manage My Addiction without Rehab

Addiction is a disease of denial. Orlando addicts often don’t realize they’ve become addicted to alcohol or drugs. Once they realize there’s a problem, it’s common for them to believe they can handle it without help.

When Orlando residents say that they can manage their addictions without help, they tend to mean one of two things. They either think they can kick their habit without assistance, or they believe they can continue using their substance in such a way that it won’t impact their life. The odds are against them being able to do either of these things.
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What Does a Professional Interventionist Do?

The primary focus of a professional interventionist is to mediate a conversation between an addict and those who love him or her. The interventionist begins work with families in Orlando before working with the addict. Once the interventionist is contacted by an addict’s loved ones, he or she will gain information about the situation and learn the family’s overall goal which is usually to get their loved one to accept treatment. Together the interventionist and the family will plan the details of the intervention from where it will be held and who will attend to what topics are to be discussed. During this planning process it is the interventionist’s job to inform the family of potential reactions from the addict and how to handle them appropriately in order to achieve their goal. He or she will provide the family with the necessary tools to hold the intervention effectively.
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How Your Medical History Might Be Affecting Your Addiction

A lot of Orlando addicts may think that their addiction began solely because of their own decisions. While most addictions do begin with one bad decision, they also often start because of complex and interrelated issues in an addict’s life. Two common factors that affect addiction are a person’s family history and past medical problems.
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What Happens If I Don’t Choose Treatment?

What Happens If I Don’t Choose Treatment?

Many people used to see addiction as a problem with the individual. One common idea was that of the “addictive personality,” implying that some people have an innate flaw or weakness that causes them to seek out addiction. However, modern research shows that addiction is closely related to other neurological disorders. While the initial decision to use drugs is a conscious one, once repeated use has occurred it becomes more difficult to stop. There are physical changes in an addicted person’s brain that cannot be controlled simply by force of will. Orlando addicts may try and fail to quit using, causing low self esteem. Once addiction has seriously altered the brain, treatment is necessary and can help a person break free of the compulsive need to use drugs or alcohol.
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Finding a CARF-certified Rehab Center

Finding a CARF-certified rehab center

One of the most important parts of getting drug addiction treatment is finding a quality rehab center. It goes without saying that a rehab center that is low quality or not certified will be less likely to provide treatment that leads to a successful recovery. It is good to know what questions to ask and what information to get when visiting prospective rehab centers. A great way to check the quality of a rehab center is to make sure they are certified or accredited through an organization like CARF. Finding a CARF-certified rehab center will give Orlando residents peace of mind: these facilities will take good care of you while providing safe, quality treatment.
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Alcohol Addiction Counselor

After alcohol addiction rehab Orlando residents experience both victory and vulnerability. In the days and weeks after rehab their resolve and determination to stay sober is strong, but they will have to face the real world and its associated triggers for alcohol use. An alcohol addiction counselor can be most helpful during these times. In counseling sessions you can share the struggles of recovery and the stresses of reentering normal life in Orlando. You can get the support and guidance you need to maintain your alcohol addiction recovery.
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