Category: Root Causes of Addiction

What To Do if an Addict is Unwilling to Seek Help

People suffering from addiction may find it hard to ask for help. It may seem simple, but it feels different for the person with the addiction. Actions that seem easy from the outside (calling a rehab center, telling a coworker or boss about an addiction, or even admitting an addiction is present) may seem insurmountable to a person suffering from addiction.

People struggling with addictions often ask for help indirectly, because they are ashamed or reluctant to admit they have an addiction, or because loved one feel addiction is a personal moral failing. They may contact a friend or family member and ask for money or a place to stay when what they really need is a listening, patient ear, and direction for moving through and past an addiction. When speaking to a person with an addiction, take advantage of lucid moments and be reasonable.

How to Encourage a Person with Addiction to Seek Help

  • Be empathetic
  • Keep conversations general
  • Ask open-ended questions to get more information
  • Maintain healthy boundaries
  • Avoid disagreeing, arguing, or criticism
  • Be concerned and show it
  • Direct the person toward accepting the existence of an addiction
  • Encourage responsibility in life
  • Ask for help from other family, friends, or recovery centers like Pathways

What To Do if An Addict Doesn’t Want Help

It’s very painful to see a friend, family member, loved one, or coworker struggling with a serious addiction and feel there is nothing you can do to help. You may wonder what will happen to that person; whether the person will lose their job, family, or home; or feel helpless. Addiction feels like this for everyone involved — especially the person with the addiction. Take advantage of your position outside the pressures of addiction and do what you can to help. Here are some suggestions if a person if your life doesn’t seem to want help when it is clearly needed.

  • Don’t wait if you see addiction taking hold
  • Talk to a friend or family member who has struggled with addiction
  • Call a solutions-oriented, positive change recovery program

Remember that, no matter how much you want to, you can’t make them quit; do the recovery work for them; or accept behavior that violates your personal boundaries.

What Makes Pathways Real Life Recovery Effective for People with Addictions?

At Pathways Real Life Recovery, we can help you or your loved one get educated and talk about an addiction and how it’s impacting your life or theirs. Pathways are about the power everyone has to make a positive change in their lives, how to recognize that change, and how to love and value yourself for who you are. At Pathways, people with addiction and the people helping them recover are all individuals, and customized treatment plans include therapies that work best for each person and situation. Pathways are not simply about recovery, but about taking charge of your life again and recognizing and building on your true potential.

Pathways can help your loved one with the following types of addiction:

We treat men, women, teens, and young adults struggling with addiction, and help them build themselves back up and be proud of their accomplishments. We focus on the future, not the past, and monitor our patients for up to three years following treatment. If you love someone fighting addiction, call Pathways and let us help you — no one has to do this on their own.

If you or your loved one is struggling with addiction, call Pathways Real Life Recovery Center in Utah at 801-895-3006 to learn more.

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The Basics of Overdose

According to the 2014 statistics from the Utah Department of Health, 32% of Utah adults had been on prescribed opioid pain medication. Drug poisoning deaths in Utah have surpassed deaths due to other causes such as firearms, motor vehicle accidents, and falls. Misuse of addictive prescription medications such as opioids can result in personal and legal consequences. It is estimated that 23 Utahns die every month from prescription drug overdoses.

Here is an overdose 101 detailed look at the basics of overdose and what to do if someone overdoses. Below are some overdose basics to aid in understanding the topic better;

What is an Overdose?

A drug overdose occurs when one takes a drug or a combination of different medications above and beyond the prescribed limit. Overdose signs differ with the type of drug used. As such, it is vital to know the right amount and time of taking your medication to avoid an overdose.

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Why We Should Provide Treatment Versus Punishment to Addicts

Approximately 66% of Americans believe that addicts need treatment and not jail sentencing, according to a study conducted by Pew Research Center Statistics. The study shows that the way citizens view addiction is turning over a new leaf. The White House also supports the idea. In 2015, they proposed the drug mitigation strategy aimed at setting aside funds for treatment and prevention. The approach notes, “substance abuse is not only a criminal offense but also a public concern.” Past researchers have shown that addiction is both treatable and preventable as any other disease.”

Despite the growing support for the compassionate approach in combating drug addition, there is a strong need to change how we treat addicts. In most cases, we focus on what meets the eye, judging them as weak and immoral instead of identifying real problem behind their actions.

The following are three wrong approaches we use to punish addicts that need to stop.

Defining Addiction as Criminal Behavior

Addiction is a health issue, not a criminal one. When we put an addict in jail for minor crimes such as possession, much less for getting a felony for minor crimes, we inhibit their resources toward finding employment and housing in order to lead a successful life. Addicts commit crimes because they have no other resources available to treat their addiction, certainly not because addicts themselves are inherently criminal in their behavior. Jail time drains the taxpayer instead of helping addicts recover, and jail is not a good environment to find help. The funds used for incarceration and criminal activity if used to treat them could save billions. Moreover, it makes them accountable for their actions reducing their chances of going back to drugs.

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If Treatment Takes Credit When Recovery Is Successful, Shouldn’t They Also Take Blame When It’s Not?

Get clean and stay clean! This is the message that people receive when going through treatment at most rehabilitation facilities. While this is a good message and it is the basis of rehabilitation, it’s important not to stop the treatment there. There are so many issues at the root of addiction that you cannot simply treat the addiction and walk away.

How to Approach Rehabilitation


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It’s completely normal to hear a rehabilitation facility take credit for helping someone break free of an addiction. It is, however, practically unheard of for a rehabilitation facility to take the blame when it doesn’t go so well. This is a problem that must be addressed. If you can take credit for the successes but not take blame for the failures, then what level accountability are you being held to?

Find the Root of the Problem

Treatment should not be all about the addiction. True treatment addresses every portion of a clients’ life and helps them heal and recover all parts of their life. Treating should involve getting to the root of the problem and helping to get a person in the right shape physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. By doing this, the addiction is being treated as well as the root causes of the addiction.

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Don’t Stop Until the Problem’s Treated

If you were to go to a doctor for a runny nose and he simply wiped your nose with a tissue and sent you along on your way, this would not be considered a successful doctor’s visit. The same applies to rehabilitation and treatment; you simply cannot treat the symptom and leave the disease. When this happens, you’re essentially dooming that person to a relapse.

Addiction can be overcome but it starts with the right approach. Treating an addiction is not as simple as saying “Don’t do drugs anymore.” It has to start with a Whole Life Approach, helping to get their entire life running the right way. The addiction is only a small portion of a bigger issue and must be addressed as such.

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