An addiction is a disease. And, like most diseases, it affects not only the sufferers, but also their loved ones. Through an addiction, both the functioning and the structure of the brain are altered. In this way, when an addiction is suffered, there is a loss of freedom that implies a lack of self-control and decision-making capacity.
When talking about addictions, it is common to think about the compulsive use of psychoactive substances, like alcohol and tobacco or other drugs, such as cannabis, heroin, cocaine or pills. On the other hand, addictions also include certain behaviors, such as gambling and also those related to new technologies, especially mobile phones, social networks, internet or video games. According to the report about Alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs in Spain, prepared by the Government Delegation for the National Plan on Drugs, the substances most consumed in Spain are tobacco and alcohol, followed by sleeping pills, tranquilizers, hypnosedatives and cannabis In addition, it was also concluded that men suffer more addictions related to alcohol, while women develop more addictive behaviors towards tranquilizers, sleeping pills and sedatives.
The abuse of substances derived from opiates is very dangerous. Marta Ricondo, specialist in addictive behaviors of Triora, explains that the reasons that lead a person to develop an addiction are very varied. “When a person begins to consume, one of the reasons may be used that as an escape route to their problems.”
But overcoming an addiction is not easy. For this, a great effort and will are required. The first step is to ask for help from the family or from some trusted person in the closest circles. It is important to have support, since you can not overcome an addiction by being alone. The help of a professional team specialized in rehabilitation is necessary. In the words of the expert from Triora, “during the treatment, the medical-therapeutic team helps the patient to develop a greater self-awareness and to better understand their problem of addiction, to establish new patterns of behavior and to acquire skills to better understand the environment and avoid a relapse”.
The family is your most important support
The effects of addictions unfold in the person who suffers them, but also in their loved ones. “It is very important that families are part of the treatment, because it generates great benefits in the recovery of the person,” says Marta Ricondo. “By being involved, they can understand how the disease works and how they can cope with it. At Triora, we provide professional and confidential support to family members, couples and friends of people with an addiction problem, because we know the benefit that has for both parties”.
In this way, addictions cause effects in all personal relationships, bringing a huge pressure. Also, when addictions are prolonged over time, this tension can lead to psychological problems for people close to the addict. The family counseling provided by Triora helps all those who are involved to better understand the dynamics and to talk about sensitive issues. Thus, it is necessary to work with the patient and also their relatives or closest persons, in order to positively focus tensions and problems and find solutions.
The moment is right now
Making the decision to rehabilitate is a fundamental step in the life of an addict. “Once you’ve accepted your problem and you know you need help, it’s time to find a place to start recovery. Therefore it is important to value the treatment, but also the experience of the medical-therapeutic team that will help you”, recommends the Triora specialist. In addition, she points out that the key to the recovery process is to “teach patients a new way of looking at life. In Triora, we apply a comprehensive treatment model that involves the fundamental pillars of the person’s well-being: body, mind and values, at the same time that we include families in the treatment “.
To do this, the Triora treatment establishes a personalized program of 4 to 12 intensive weeks in the clinics, accompanied by a follow-up with individual and group therapies whose continuity continues after the medical discharge. On the other hand, each patient has a personal therapist who helps him develop his recovery plan. This therapist is also responsible for accompanying the patient’s family in the treatment process.
Regain the meaning of your life
Once the treatment and rehabilitation ends, it is time to return to real life. In this new stage the patient gradually begins to enjoy his new life free of addictions. “The return to real life is the moment in which the person applies everything he has learned during his treatment and, although this is challenging, the satisfaction of having overcome it and his effort will make it worth living,” says Ricondo.
Also, during the Triora treatment, the patient and his family are accompanied from the first moment. Likewise, once they have left the clinic, a continuous follow-up program is established, either on an outpatient basis, with support groups and therapeutic sessions, or through highly secure videoconference sessions.
If you suffer from an addiction and want to improve your life, you can contact with Triora clinic. The first consultation is free. You can call the clinic in Alicante through the number +34 965 150 965 or the clinic of Malaga at the number +34 952 641 207. On the other hand, if you are calling from abroad, the direct telephone number for international patients is +44 (0) 8000 88 50 19. If you prefer, you can visit their website (www.triora.uk) for more information.