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What Helps People Stay in Drug & Alcohol Treatment?

Treatment for addiction is of two kinds, depending on the degree of addiction. All treatments will involve medication and counseling by qualified psychiatrists. An addict can, therefore, be treated as an outpatient, if the symptoms are not very severe. In more serious cases, treatment as an inpatient in a rehab center is a must. No addict, generally, admits that he is an addict and therefore, will be reluctant to see a doctor for treatment and counseling. It, therefore, becomes necessary that close family members and friends should prevail upon him to see reason and make him aware of the condition he has reached and to see a doctor for proper treatment. As an inpatient or an outpatient the addict will pose a problem because he will be reluctant to take the medicines and also to sit for counseling.

Force cannot make the addict remain in treatment but loving family member like wife and children can talk to him affectionately without showing any sign of the resentment they might feel for causing so much anguish to all of them. There is nothing like love and affection, which can move any person mentally and the addict is no exception. This is more difficult to look after him as an inpatient because he has to be made to take the medicines at the proper time without fail. A lot of persuasion with kind words can only help in this matter. The person will remain in treatment so long as that the atmosphere around him is full of love and affection, and he feels a useful member of the family.

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The key element in keeping the patient in treatment is not to provoke him with unkind words, though the temptation might be great because of the suffering. Patience, understanding, the welfare of the family, and the good of the patient, etc. are all matters that will help in making the patient remain in treatment so that he transforms himself into a useful member of society.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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