Skip to main content

What Is Drug Addiction?

Drug addiction is developed through a multitude of factors which form the ‘perfect storm’ and create the environment and opportunity for somebody to become physically, psychologically, and emotionally dependent upon illicit substances such as crystal meth, heroin, crack cocaine, prescription pills, and other drugs. Drug addiction is a disease you wouldn’t wish upon anybody.

If a person is deliberately seeking drugs, they are seeking a means to cope with their emotions, thoughts, or behaviours in an unhealthy way. Oftentimes drug addiction is very difficult to climb out of, with the user displaying physical symptoms of withdrawal that make it discouraging to quit. Drug addiction in Vancouver nearly always requires treatment services starting with an intervention, then a detox center, and ongoing treatment options such as rehab, counseling, CBT/DBT therapy, and lifestyle changes upon leaving the treatment center. Here are some ways you can ensure your loved ones are supported in their recovery after treatment in Vancouver:

Provide support and space for sober activities

Drug addiction takes its toll emotionally and physically and once a person leaves treatment in Vancouver they may be confused as to the next steps in how to navigate their new life. They may need family or friends to support them by offering them a safe space to live if they find it difficult to go back to the places where they used to use drugs etc. By offering time to spend in sober settings with them they can begin to realize that people around them care about their wellbeing and that there are different options and activities they can participate in which don’t revolve around drug use.

Offer company to avoid isolation

Often times an addict fresh out of recovery will default to isolating themselves. This is due to many factors. Some may feel they are unworthy of loving company or companionship, they may feel a sense of guilt for those they have hurt, or they may simply not know how to ask for help, support, and company. Unfortunately, isolation can oftentimes lead to relapse and drug or alcohol abuse. Loneliness can be avoided by simply offering up your company in safe ways to ensure they are not isolating themselves.

Refuse company if the person is using, and guide towards treatment

If relapse occurs, you must stick to the consequences clearly outlined if these were included in the initial intervention process. One of the ultimatums given to the addict during a Vancouver intervention is to cease spending time with that person until they receive help, and these ultimatums must be enforced to get the point across, and help the person realize that loved ones will not support them in their active addiction and drug use. Rather, we must guide this person back into a treatment program if relapse occurs.

What Is Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol addiction is a disease. Not everybody who drinks will develop an addiction to alcohol, but the longer that one binge-drinks for, or abuses alcohol for, the more likely an addiction can develop. Others are simply more predisposed to alcohol addiction, either by having relatives who suffer from addiction and genetic predispositions, or environmental factors, or undiagnosed mental illnesses that they’re unaware of. Alcohol can act as a coping mechanism for those who struggle with depression or anxiety – alcohol in social situations can make one feel more outgoing, more friendly, and help them cope with otherwise stressful situations.

One of the first steps of quitting alcohol after addiction has developed is to re-learn coping mechanisms for everyday stressors so the addict does not relapse. Simply quitting drinking is not enough – the work has to be put in afterwards to ensure they have the proper support to stay sober. Some easy ways to support the ones you love who are in recovery are:

Offering them a safe space to discuss their feelings

Allowing your loved one suffering from alcohol addiction space to safely discuss their feelings, emotions, and stresses without judgment can be an incredible help. This way they know that they have somebody who they can trust and begin to express the emotions which were once bottled up and making them feel as though they needed to drink.

Spending time with them in sober settings

One of the greatest gifts you are able to give to somebody you care about is the gift of uninterrupted time, especially when that person is struggling to re-create themselves – which is necessary after drug and alcohol treatment programs. Simply by spending time with them in a sober setting offers unending support on their journey of sobriety.

Attending support meetings with them

If part of your loved one’s recovery plan includes AA/NA meetings in Vancouver, you can offer your support by attending these meetings with them. Sometimes they may feel uncomfortable going on their own, unsure of what to expect, and may need that extra support simply by your presence. This lets them acknowledge that you accept their addiction and still accept them as they are. Additionally there are meetings for those whose spouses/family members suffer from addiction – these meetings are designed specifically for those whose lives are affected by the addicts and can be a great deal of help to those who are learning how to support the addict’s journey in recovery.

What Are The Treatment Options For Drug and Alcohol Addiction In Vancouver?

In a time where we’re finding more and more rampant amounts of fentanyl disguised in other street drugs such as cocaine, it’s never been more important to consider treatment options in Vancouver for drug and alcohol addiction. Most recently in British Columbia, there’s been cocaine on the streets with a high concentration of fentanyl which has become resistant to Naloxone. While Naloxone can be effective in reversing signs of overdose, it is not always a guarantee.

Treatment options for drug and alcohol addiction in Vancouver will always include a recovery plan. Often times a recovery plan includes the aforementioned supports which are set in place by the loved ones of the addict to ensure that their discharge from the Vancouver treatment center is a successful transition into their new sober lifestyle.

Successful Intervention Strategies for Vancouver Treatment Of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Successful interventions in Vancouver include preparation, research, and using trusted intervention services.

Some of the intervention strategies we’ve successfully relied upon are:

Preparation and Research

Together we will gather all of your concerns about your loved one’s addiction, behaviours, and assess the individual’s addiction, as well as determine core issues and concerns.

Support and Walkthroughs

We walk you through the entire process of intervention and gather all of the necessary information to ensure the intervention is effectively outlined.

Intervention Implementation

The intervention process can be emotional, turbulent, and rise unexpected feelings and so it’s best always to have a professional intervention team lead these. We will guide the intervention into the best possible outcome.

Treatment Facility Admission

We work alongside Vancouver treatment centers to facilitate admission into a treatment center which will be best suited for the individual’s needs, as well as arranging transportation directly from the intervention to the treatment center.

Next Steps For Vancouver Treatment

If you’re suspecting a loved one is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction in Vancouver, contact our team today. We’re here to provide you the support you need in getting treatment in Vancouver for drug and alcohol addictions.