Drug Rehab in Utah
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8 Questions With A Drug Treatment Professional

What would you tell an addict about addiction, or getting help?


That is such a hard question because everybody is so different.  I would just tell them that there is a better way to live.  Whatever they are using to lose themselves is not the answer, whatever pain they have can be resolved.  I know they are just surviving no matter what their level of addiction, if they are functioning with it they are still just surviving, not living.  I would tell them to take a chance and trust someone.


What is your definition of addiction?


I don’t know that I have ever had one.  I have seen people completely lost in their addiction and they only use once a week.  I have seen perfectly functioning people that use everyday that aren’t addicts.  To me addiction is a diagnosable condition when the individual has only one priority for the day or week – to remove themselves from whatever reality they are living in. 


What are some very telling signs a person is in trouble?


People can hide addiction fairly well for long periods of time.  However, in the end whatever substance they are using will take over their life.  It really depends on the substance to see physical signs of abuse, however no matter what they are using there are usually some behavioral, emotional, or mental symptoms.  I would look for any changes in lifestyle or odd behaviors, look for significant amounts of time the person can’t be accountable for, look for drop in work production or wanting to be social. 


What would you tell the loved ones trying to get help?


I would tell them to be strong and to remain hopeful.  I would remind them that the addict has to understand there is a problem, all enabling has to be removed.  To get help for someone all of their loved ones have to have a unified front.  And I would tell them it may not just take one time at a drug treatment center, it can be a long process and just keep supporting.


What is your view on effective and ineffective treatment?


I strongly believe that the treatment has to be individualized.  What works for one person may not work for another.  A dedicated and invested staff is essential to effective treatment.  From the graveyard shift support staff all the way to the CEO of the program, every employee must take an engaged role in each and every client trying to better themselves and their life.  There can be no chinks in the armor.


What questions would you ask or what would you look for in a program?


I would want to know the credentials of both the program and the staff.  I would want to know if they stay connected with their graduates and if they are active in the addiction community.  I would ask if they have made any significant changes in treatment approaches and what the morale of the current community is.  I would want to talk to some past graduates and get a clients perspective on the program.


What makes a program different, special?


The employees are the heart and soul of any program.  As long as you find a treatment approach that best fits your needs the staff is what will really set it apart.  It is important to be able to form strong and trusting bonds with your treatment professionals.  Of course extravagant food, activities, and scenery are always nice tooJ


What are your personal views on length of stay?


I understand that most people want to be in and out of treatment in 3 or 4 weeks and be done with addiction forever.  That is unrealistic, understand that you are changing how you live, who you associate with, your entire lifestyle.  This takes real world tools to make this happen.  It is something that is extremely difficult to essentially teach yourself in a short period of time.  The longer time you have for this the better chance for long term sobriety. 

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