Kolmac offers support and advice for helping a loved one with addiction
If you are helping a loved one with addiction, Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers may have the answers you need. Kolmac’s evidence-based outpatient program allows your loved one to continue working and living at home during treatment. Our program includes weekly support meetings for loved ones. These meetings provide education about addiction and recovery, and information about what to expect as a friend or family member of someone with a drug or alcohol problem.
Addiction treatment is a group effort.
At Kolmac, our approach is to treat addiction as a family disease. An addicted person’s loved ones are just as impacted by addictive behavior, and we have found that the recovery process is more successful when support from family and/or friends is included in treatment.
Our program requires abstinence from drugs, alcohol or gambling. Providing support to your family member or friend is vital to helping them to maintain abstinence.
Support for you while your loved one is in treatment.
Once your loved one stops the addictive substance or behavior, our clinicians and staff work on relapse prevention, helping them learn to avoid returning to substance use and problem behaviors. During this phase, Kolmac staff encourages you to continue to be involved in your loved one’s treatment. We offer confidential groups for loved ones that provide support and a safe place to ask questions, raise issues and discuss setbacks.
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Learn to recognize addiction.
If you are worried that a friend or family member might have an addiction, the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that you ask the following questions:
- Is your loved one using alcohol or drugs in greater quantities?
- Do they want to stop substance use, but can’t?
- Do drugs or alcohol impact your loved one’s ability to function responsibly at work, school or home?
- Do they avoid social, recreational or work activities to use drugs or alcohol?
- Has your loved one continued to drink or use drugs, even after facing negative consequences?
If you answered yes to these questions, it’s time for you to begin helping a loved one with addiction.
If you are confused and wondering where to start, contact Kolmac at (888) 331-5251. We offer drug, alcohol and gambling addiction treatment in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
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