How do I know if I need help?

If you can't stop taking a drug even if you want to, or if the urge to use drugs is too strong to control, even if you know the drug is causing harm, you might be addicted. This is a time when you should seek help

How do I help a loved one or friend who is going through addiction?

Step 1: Establish Trust

This can be hard to do but is the only way to get them to at least thing about trust. Trust must be established on both ends.
Avoid the following when trying to earn trust:
• Nagging or lecturing them
• Yelling, swearing or letting the conversation get escalated no matter how angry or frustrated you may become
• Engaging in any addictive behaviors

Look out for:
• Appearing to be controlling of the situation- it can push them the other way
• Stressful situations- You want to avoid adding more stress at all costs since this can usually lead to the addictive behaviors.
• Build trust between the both of you- It’s ok if YOU aren’t there yet
• Allow consequences- Consequences can lead to recognition and be the beginning of change. If they a harm to themselves or someone else, it is time to step in.

Step 2: Get Help for Yourself First

Accepting. Once you understand the stress put on you while going through this with them, you can start to help.

Step 3: Communicate

They are much more likely to be open to thinking about change if you communicate with them honestly. They are the only ones that can change no matter what you do.

Step 4: The Treatment Process

The treatment process will varies.

If you are involved in your loved one's treatment:
• Remember to keep working on establishing trust.
• Be honest about your feelings, hopes and goals
• Do not blame or criticize them- explain how it has affected you instead
• Be open minded
• Be open to change yourself

If your loved one has treatment alone:
• Keep it between the two of you and respect their privacy
• Let them tell you/come to you
• Understand change is a process and doesn’t happen immediately
What are the main things to look for in a treatment center?

What Types of Programs are Available?
When it comes to drug and alcohol treatment, there are two types of treatment. Both are very different and provide a distinct benefit to the patient. Be sure you understand the difference between the two.

What Types of Addictions are Treated?
Most rehabilitation facilities treat many different types of addictions including:
• Alcohol
• Cocaine
• Heroin
• Prescription Drugs
These special situations need attention and it may not be worth going to treatment unless these issues are going to be addressed.

How Long is the Program?
This all depends on the severity of the addiction. There are both short and long term solutions pending on the situation

Are They Accredited and What is Their Success Rate?
Any reputable addiction treatment center should be recognized by the state. A business license, awards and other credentials are also a good thing to consider. Facilities with high success rates usually have a well-designed program and a recovery-oriented staff to back up the program. This can usually be attributed to an overall success rate.
How Does the Program Work?
• Discovery
• Learning
• Good nutrition

How Much Does the Program Cost?
Addiction treatment programs can be very expensive which is why most places do accept insurance. Check your insurance to make sure you understand the ins and outs and to avoid any confusion. Government assistance can also be accepted on a case by case scenario.
What is the cost and how long does it take to be cured?
Brighter Side Recovery is in the process of being able to take insurance for the Dr visits and groups. The insurance cover the cost of the medication and drug screen. BSR does have weekly, bi-weekly, and month rate very affordable for individuals whom are wanting to get clean and sober.

How do I prevent relapse?
It takes time, patience, and practice. If you have a relapse, it’s OK- Treatment just needs to be adjusted. This is a disease and all disease are different. Just be honest with yourself and understand it is ok to ask for help.

Some methods for avoiding relapse include:
• Avoiding friends who could set you back
• Avoiding the places that remind you of your addiction
• Accountability
• Regularly attending your appointments.
• Using the recommended medication
• Discussing your disease