What to Consider
There are certain signs to look for when considering inpatient substance abuse treatment. Because of the stigma surrounding substance abuse, many individuals struggling with a substance-use disorder are unwilling to seek treatment. Additionally, some users may be in denial about their substance use problems and will seek treatment only if prompted by outside influences.
For one thing, if you’re unsure about a client’s potential substance abuse problem, watch for the signs and symptoms of substance abuse before recommending an inpatient substance abuse treatment center.
Signs that It’s Time for an Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Center
Before recommending an inpatient center for substance abuse treatment, determine whether your client is truly struggling with substance abuse. To do this, look for signs that indicate substance abuse, which vary, depending on the substance in question. To illustrate which type of treatment your clients require, we’ve provided the following outline based on substance type.
Signs of Alcohol Abuse
- Blackouts or memory loss
- Extreme irritability and mood swings
- Persistent fighting with friends and family
- Using alcohol as a form of self-medication
- Withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety, headache, insomnia
- Flushed skin
- Broken facial capillaries
- Husky, hoarse voice
- Hand tremors
Signs of Drug Abuse
- Frequent Isolation
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Poor hygiene and physical appearance
- Lethargy, tiredness
- Intense energy or hyperactivity
- Easily irritated
- Mood swings
- Difficulty at work or school
- Strange sleep schedule
- Dramatic weight gain or loss
Although the signs and symptoms of substance-use disorder vary, depending on the substance at hand, addicted individuals demonstrate similar symptoms:
- Inability to reduce or cease substance use
- Failure to participate in previously enjoyed hobbies or activities
- Risky behavior to obtain drugs or alcohol
- Mistreatment of friends, coworkers, or family members expressing concern
- Secrecy—hiding substance use and avoiding conflict
- Family history of substance-use disorder
- A developed tolerance to substance of choice over time
- Continued substance abuse despite experiencing persistent negative consequences
In order to pin down signs and symptoms of substance-use disorder, it may be helpful to contact your client’s private practice clinician and family, with permission, of course. However, only once your client has demonstrated clear indicators of a substance-use disorder will it be time to recommend an inpatient substance abuse treatment center.
In conclusion, if you’ve established that your client has a problem and is need of help, consider Recovery Centers of America when recommending an inpatient substance abuse treatment center. Particularly, RCA offers intensive residential treatment combined with comprehensive outpatient services to ensure positive recovery outcomes. For more information about inpatient substance abuse treatment options near you, dial 1-800-RECOVERY.
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