Addiction is a scary thing, because the very core idea behind it is that the victim no longer has complete control of themselves. When under the thumb of a chemical addiction, one’s thoughts aren’t always their own, their mood isn’t always their own, and their urges are even less their own.

It’s like having an outside force make your decisions and desires for you, without even realizing it. However, though addiction is scary, people since time immemorial have stood up against the things they fear and made it their own. Rehab is the addiction treatment people use to take back control of others from drugs.


Seeking Help

The first step is to make someone who is addicted aware and willing to come forward and get the help they need. Changing a person is impossible without that person’s help, so if they don’t take it seriously it won’t be successful. Many are familiar with the concept of an intervention, but don’t realize that those can actually help and work. If confronted with people they know and love, all expressing concern and urging them to get help, even strong-willed addicts will be hard-pressed to continue to deny their situation.


What To Expect

After getting them to agree to go into rehab, an addict will immediately have to overcome a difficult obstacle: detox by withdrawal. Thankfully, there are ways to mitigate the discomfort caused by this process. It can take place either in a clinic or at home. Generally doing it in a clinic is safer, as there’s staff and medicine in case something happens. However, in-home care is also good because they’re suffering in a comfortable environment. After getting past detox, the next and ongoing step is rehab, where the former addict restructures their life around not going back to drugs. Counselors and 12-step programs, as well as other options, all can help a person finish off this capstone to a recovery from drugs.

If you or someone you care about in New Jersey is addicted and wants treatment to quit, contact us at 844-478-6563 or send a message online.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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