Last updated: June 30, 2021
Drug abuse and addiction is a chronic problem anywhere in the world. Drug addiction or substance abuse disorder is a disorder where a person loses the ability to control usage of legal or illegal drugs. Drugs and substances may vary from prescription and non-prescription drugs like opioids and sleeping pills, illegal substances like meth, ecstasy and marijuana (depending on the country or state) to alcohol and nicotine based products. Here are some facts about drug abuse and addiction:
Drug addiction, though a serious problem, is completely treatable. Since drug addiction is mainly a behavioural problem, rehabilitation is the best way to go. Rehabilitation has shown great results to many who have had drug or substance addiction. However, the treatment does not stop there. There is always a possibility of relapse and if not managed well, may cause bigger negative effects.
The care and support of people around a former drug addict can make or break the continuous treatment of a recently rehabilitated person. A relapse to addiction is when the person with the past addiction starts doing his or her addictive behavior again after a period of not doing it. Between 40 and 60% of people dealing with addiction will relapse, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. While rehab may help reduce your risk of relapse, completing a drug rehab program doesn’t guarantee you’ll never relapse. The continuous treatment after rehab and the support of the people around will greatly affect the progressive well being of a rehabilitated drug addict.
Recovery is lifelong progress for a rehabilitated drug addict. Relapse may not be seen as a form of failure but rather as a part of the process that may happen to some.
After rehabilitation, it is recommended that the patient find transitional housing. Living with other people in recovery helps encourage the patient to move forward with the treatment. After a transition period, the rehabilitated individual will be slowly reintroduced to the society. Treatment will still continue after this stage. The support and care of the people around is crucial at this time. Although the fight must come from within, how people react around a rehabilitated person will affect their motivation in staying sober.
Relapse is always a possibility so it is important to keep an eye on someone who just got out of rehabilitation. Knowing that someone is monitoring will somehow keep a rehabilitated person away from substances.
Here are a few things that you can do if you happen to live with someone who just got out of rehabilitation.