Helping Those Suffering in Austin
Austin is the capital of Texas and sits in the middle of Travis County. Austin is home to just under 2 million people and is the fourth most populated city in Texas. Austin is known for specifically for its music scene, but it also has other great attractions as well. Unfortunately, there is a portion of citizens who are outcast by others because of their drug use. These people suffer from substance abuse problems better known as drug addiction and alcoholism.
The reason these people are excluded is because of the humiliation and remorse associated with their addiction. Addiction is a medical illness that requires professional help to cope with. The sad side of this is that many addicts and alcoholics stay silent and do not get the help they need because they feel no one will support them. Or they feel that their loved ones will just isolate them for using drugs and alcohol. They may be under the impression that there is no help.
If you have a drug or drinking problem, you are not the only one. Help is available. There are plenty of rehab centers in the Austin area that offer treatment plans to help you recover from your addiction. With so many emotions circulating around in your body, it can be hard to know what the next step should be. Just remember that no matter how bad your addiction is, there is someone who has made a comeback from much worse situations. There is hope for you.
Answering the Wakeup Call
While the odds may seem stacked against you right now, reaching sobriety is possible if you are willing to put the time and effort into it. The first, and most important step is to admit you have a problem. Knowing the odds are stacked against you can make it hard. But by keeping it a secret or lying about your problem are only making it harder.
Often times, addicts will not admit they have a problem. That is usually when a family member or close friend has to step up to hold an intervention. An intervention is a gathering of family and friends who want to voice their concern about an addict’s actions and choices. If your family and friends held an intervention for you, it is possible you rejected what they had to say It is not uncommon for an addict to need more than one intervention before they answer the wakeup call.
The point of an intervention is to show support and concern for the person who is abusing drugs. Hearing from loved ones about how the addict’s problem is taking a toll on more than just them, can help the addict realize they need help.
Detoxing Under Safe Conditions
Before starting a rehab stint, you will complete a detoxification cycle. Detox flushes all of the harmful chemicals out of your body that you consumed during your using days. It is at this point when your body will try to break the physical connection it has made with drugs. An addiction happens after constant use changes the chemicals in your brain to carve drugs in order to feel good. This develops what is called a chemical dependency to the specific drug and alcohol you were abusing.
Sometimes, addicts try to detox on their own via the old-fashioned cold turkey method. This is not a recommended approach for cleaning your body out. It is not a good idea because when detoxing, your body will most likely occur withdrawal symptoms such as puking, sweating, shaking, trouble sleeping, hard time eating and fever. These symptoms come about because your body is relearning how to function without drugs or alcohol in the driver’s seat. When enrolling into a rehab facility you will receive medical attention around the clock daily and will be provided special medication to deal with the pain from withdrawal symptoms.
The severity of the withdrawal symptoms will vary for each client depending on which substances and for how long they were abused. Overall, most detox periods last anywhere from 3 to 14 days. Knowing that withdrawal symptoms may cause some discomfort, people steer away from recovery because of the detox cycle. Do not let the bad reputation of detoxification keep you from getting over the demons of addiction.
Inpatient Or Outpatient?
Some people find it difficult to decide between inpatient and outpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment is going to be recommended by most professionals because it is safer and has more success rates. Selecting an inpatient program will give you medical attention 24 hours a day. You will also be provided sober living arrangement for your entire rehab stint. While choosing outpatient treatment is usually more affordable and gives you the opportunity to go home on nights and weekends. Any treatment is better than no treatment and should be taken into heavy consideration.
Stop. Rehab Time
Like detox, every person trying to finish treatment will have a different plan and time frame. Each person’s addiction is born from different circumstances, so every rehab plan will be different. You will need to select a facility that offers personalized rehab plans for each patient, mapped out with the help of a nurse or doctor. There is no single method that can cure ever addiction.
A good idea in many, if not all, cases is to travel for treatment. Heading to a different city or state for the entire length of rehab can help you stay focused on finishing. Addiction likes to grab creatures of habit because people who get in continuous cycles easily, are more likely to abuse substances. Skipping town for a few weeks, if possible, is a great way to escape the normal pressures and situations which are pushing towards drugs and alcohol in the first place. Opening up to a new surrounding will allow your mind to realize that you can open up to new things, that includes a new life without being under the influence of substances which are slowly killing you.
Making an extra effort to get enrolled into a rehab program which offers comprehensive therapy is also suggested. Getting to the bottom of the mental aspect of your addiction will be important when trying to move forward. One-on-one therapy and group therapy both can pay dividends in the recovery process.
Single therapy with a professional therapist can show many different benefits. Exploring what made you want to pick up drugs or alcohol in the first place will let you see how and why things went wrong with substances. With knowledge of your addiction’s background, you will also be able to avoid falling into the same trap after your treatment is finished. A trained therapist can also coach you through ways of how to stay busy after treatment so that drugs and alcohol might not even be a thought.
Group therapy is good for relearning how to socialize within a group once again. It is easy to be the life of the party when you are the drunkest one there or the one who is supplying drugs to everyone. But entering sober life can make it hard, at first, for you to be in a social setting. Group therapy offers a chance for you to share and learn from different people who have been through what you are going through now. This will help ease the transition back into the real world, trying to rebuild the relationships that were broken because of you using drugs and alcohol.
Please Do Not Wait
Holding back to get help for a drug or alcohol problem will only make things worse. These harmful substances are slowly damaging your life, career and relationships. It is never too late to get help. It does not matter how many interventions it took or how many times you have been to rehab before, help is always available and will always be available. It starts with a phone call. We are here for you at 512-253-1535.