More often than not, the loved ones of those struggling with drug abuse will do anything to help them. However, there is a fine line between helping and enabling. Those who constantly make excuses for the addict’s behavior end up codependent, ultimately preventing their loved one from seeking help at a Boca Raton drug rehab.
What exactly is codependency, anyways? Codependent relationships are a type of dysfunctional relationship where one person supports or enables another person’s addiction, poor mental health, immaturity, or under-achievement. Usually, the codependent has the expectation that their help will be recognized and that the substance abuse related behavior of their loved one will change.
While the codependent may have the best intentions in mind, this eventually does more harm than good. By constantly being available and always wanting to please their addicted loved one, the codependent becomes the accidental enabler. This worsens the substance abuse problem by making it easier for the addict to control and manipulate the codependent, further allowing them to continue to not seek substance abuse treatment.
How do you know if you are codependent? If you feel like you rely so much on the feeling you get from helping a loved one who is suffering with an addiction problem, then you may be codependent. This type of attachment is its own form of addiction; by feeling like they are fixing things, their dopamine, also known as the reward center of the brain, gets stimulated. This may make the codependent feel less anxious, cover up underlying issues, and feel more secure. As a result, an attachment turns into codependency.
Unsure of whether or not you may be a codependent and preventing your loved one from getting help at a Boca Raton drug rehab? One surefire sign includes accepting full responsibility for other’s actions. By doing this, you allow the addict to not take responsibility for their drug abuse, further keeping him from getting help from one of the many treatment centers in South Florida. Other signs that you are codependent include: ‘people pleasing’ without considering your own needs, having an extreme fear of abandonment, and neglecting your own needs or responsibilities to help others.
By constantly being there to bail your loved one out of trouble due to their drug abuse, you prevent the addict from taking responsibility for their own actions. If they never have to take responsibility for their actions, then they can never recognize the true effects of their substance abuse problem, and they will never seek help from treatment centers in South Florida.
For those who think they may be codependent or enabling an addict, call Boca Raton’s leading drug rehab center Treatment Alternatives today, for quality Florida treatment.
While it has been widely known that social anxiety and substance abuse are commonly linked, researchers recently revealed that initial drug use has to do with having social anxiety in the first place. The discovery could ultimately form better treatment methods for those who are suffering with social anxiety.
One of the key points that researchers and psychologists have picked up on include the fact that aside from food, water, and shelter, people need love, social belonging, and acceptance from others. Unfortunately, if these basic needs are not met, then it could lead to subsequent drug use, as well as anxiety.
In an experiment conducted, “almost half of the teenagers in the study experienced some form of social anxiety.” The experiment focused mainly on kids who had problems with the idea of fitting in, ultimately resulting in them responding well to exercises that helped them lower their social anxiety. The study found that nearly 15 percent of the total participants experienced social anxiety disorder.
Moreover, the researchers found that participants who were abusing drugs or alcohol turned to either substance as a means to alleviate their anxiety, as well as to take their mind off of their worries. One of the most widely abused drugs for teenagers in the study was, unfortunately, heroin.
Lead author Maria Pagano, Ph. D., believes that this is because “a sense of belonging is important to live sober and to thrive, and 12-step service offers a venue for those impaired by social anxiety.”
It has been proven that those who attend a treatment center for substance abuse while receiving treatment for social anxiety have a 50 percent less chance of relapsing or ending up in jail six months after being released from therapy. Treatment centers such as Treatment Alternatives in Boca Raton, offer dual-diagnosis treatment for anxiety coupled with substance abuse.
Unsure of whether or not you suffer from a form of social anxiety? Social anxiety is typically defined as a person who has unreasonable fears when it comes to social situations. “The sufferer is terrified that others will be critical, feel unprepared for the simplest tasks, or may lack experience in social situations.” If left untreated, anxiety can develop into a panic attack and exasperate an already developed substance abuse problem.
In order to prevent a co-occurring disorder from worsening.
For someone dealing with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, being able to communicate with friends, family, and counselors is an important part of recovery. In fact, talking through some of the things that may be affecting a person is a good way to prevent substance abuse before it gets to the point of addiction. No one uses with the intention of being strung out and alienated from everything and everyone they love. People often resort to drug and alcohol usage to escape the troubles that come up in their lives. Drugs provide them with what they believe to be is a way out. Unfortunately, the behavior that they exhibit and the resulting consequences of those actions is what leads them to the doors of the Treatment Alternatives Boca Raton rehab center.
Why is Communication So Effective in Drug Treatment?
Think about this for a moment: Have you ever had a bad day and just needed to vent to someone? Did it help? Although substance abuse is a bit more complicated than that, it’s important to understand that drug addicts have had many bad days and their outlet is the very thing that’s fueling their problem. At the Treatment Alternatives Boca Raton rehab center, we believe in open communication throughout drug treatment. As an institution that doesn’t discriminate against or condemn its residents for their mistakes, we pride ourselves on the trust that our patients have built with the staff.
For someone living with the burden of bottled up emotions and regrets, being able to express their daily struggles is a relief. Sober living is a goal that is difficult to obtain for someone battling serious addiction. It requires a willingness and desire to be free of any form of substance abuse and an ability to persevere through the stress of withdraw. Open communication allows the addict to remain mentally focused and much more receptive to treatment. We encourage communication with counselors and family members throughout the process.
What Open Communication Methods Can Be Used Before Drug Treatment?
Developing communication doesn’t necessarily have to begin at the Treatment Alternatives drug rehab center. Friends and loved ones of an addict can start at home with the following open communication tips for drug treatment:
- Begin a dialogue by sharing stories of regrets that they themselves have made and how it not only affects them personally, but people around them as well.
- Approach them from a place of love, forgiveness and acceptance. Addicts, especially those who have committed crimes, are judged enough. They don’t need anyone to contribute to the disdain and malice they are shown from everyone else.
- Address the elephant in the room. As much as it is important to not throw their addiction in their face with a judgmental disposition, it’s especially important to not patronize them and skate around the fact that they are using drugs.
- Talk to them with the intent to do just that. Don’t attempt to force them into a Boca Raton rehab center right away. While it’s obviously important that they seek help with their substance abuse, they may not be in a state of mind where rehab will be successful.