An American Addiction Centers Resource

New to the Forums?Join or

For someone who has never been in treatment...?

Discussion in 'Questions About Treatment' started by primalclaws1974, Dec 6, 2014.

  1. primalclaws1974

    primalclaws1974 Senior Contributor

    If someone has never been in treatment before, but clearly needs help with addiction, what would be the best first step? I would think that someone who has never been through it before would be intimidated. Is in-house treatment really the best choice for them? Can a person be inched into treatment or must it be thrust upon them?
  2. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    The person will need to talk to a someone who has helped other addicts before — a counselor, intervention specialist . . . whatever.

    There wouldn't be any reason for an addict who seeks help to feel intimidated by the process. A pregnant woman knows at some point before bearing a kid, she'll go into labor. Does that keep her from going to the hospital when her time draws close?
    There are a lot of variables at play but it would be better to go for in-house treatment because that will keep you away from drugs for as long as the recovery period lasts. Having no access to drugs makes it easier to quit.
    Depends on the person's choice. If you want to begin treatment immediately then I believe your treatment can start immediately. If you want to be eased into it then what you'll get probably are more counseling sessions.
  3. Charles P.

    Charles P. Community Advocate

    There are some initial questions that you need to ask. Do they have Insurance, friends or funds? That will dictate which direction they need to start. I hate to say that, but money is a huge factor when it comes to treatment.

    Charles P.
  4. NikkiDesrosiers

    NikkiDesrosiers Senior Contributor

    I honestly think that the first step to battling addiction is to admit that you have one- which you obviously have done, so congrats. Next I think that you need to admit your short comings to the people you love because they will be the best support system you could ask for. It sounds odd, but the guilt that comes with disappointing those who love you will help keep you accountable to yourself.
  5. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    I think it's still best to ask them and just talk to them as respectfully as possible, win an understanding that it is still their life to lead and their decision to make no matter what happens. Communication really is the key, and probably the best way to go about it, in my opinion, would be to offer help on figuring it out if ever the person is feeling intimidated by the whole process. If they don't feel like they will have to go the journey alone then maybe they will be more receptive.
  6. NikkiDesrosiers

    NikkiDesrosiers Senior Contributor

    You are already making huge strides in the right direction. The most important thing I could suggest is to surround yourself with positive people. A support system will help you on your journey. Choose people who will be both positive and who will hold you accountable for your actions.