Following the death of a guest, ITV has axed The Jeremy Kyle Show – the daytime talk show that first aired in 2005. Over 14 years, The Jeremy Kyle Show featured guests with a range of personal problems or conflicts, including people with severe and life-threatening addictions. The programme became known for its confrontational style, emotional content and controversial methods including DNA and lie detector tests.
In this blog, we’ll explain what you should expect from professional addiction treatment providers, in terms of their end-to-end service for addicts and their families. We’ll also cover the essentials for ongoing support and self-care in addiction recovery. Addiction Helper has helped over 10,000 people to find the solution to addiction – if you need help, please call now.
The Pain of Addiction – Addicts and Families in Crisis
It was a recurring theme on The Jeremy Kyle Show – a guest with a severe or life-threatening addiction, worried or angry relatives and friends, host Jeremy Kyle pointing out the damage of addiction, while the studio audience react.
Whether you loved or loathed the format, the pain of addiction was unmistakable on the ITV1 show. The desperation was present on people’s faces – both addicts and their relatives. The loneliness of addiction – how isolated people become from sources of love and support. The destruction of people’s lives in addiction – health, relationships, work prospects, physical appearance, finances and reputation.
Given the nature of addiction, it’s understandable that distressed relatives and frightened addicts reached out to programmes like The Jeremy Kyle Show for help. At that moment, they hope for change – some obtain it, others don’t.
At Addiction Helper, we take calls every day. Parents, terrified about what’s happening to their son or daughter contact us. We receive messages from husbands, wives and partners – they have often tried everything they know to confront a loved one’s addiction. We speak to hundreds of addicts each week; many cannot understand why they are still using or acting out in their addiction. We listen carefully to the real stories of addiction, day and night. There is pain, but there is hope too.
In contacting Addiction Helper, you are seeking a solution to addiction. People recover from apparently hopeless addictions. With a thorough assessment, personalised treatment, ongoing support and self-care, you can recover too.
The Solution to Addiction – It Starts with a Confidential Assessment
The first step towards the right addiction treatment for you or your loved one is an addictions assessment. We need to know what is going on in your addiction, as well as the bigger picture of your physical and mental health. Please also tell us your personal preferences and hopes for addiction treatment.
During the assessment, you won’t be pressurised to talk about anything that you don’t want to discuss – but the more you can tell us, the better we can identify your treatment needs. We don’t judge. Many of our advisors are in long-term recovery from addiction. They have been inspired to train and work in the addiction treatment field.
Everything you tell us is confidential. We will use the information you give us to recommend the right addiction treatment for you. For example, you may want a residential rehab programme, specialising in gambling and alcohol addiction, within 50 miles of where you live so your family can visit. Alternatively, you may require a certain standard of facilities in a drug detox centre. Perhaps you have a physical disability or mental illness, as well as your addiction – so you want a treatment provider that is fully equipped for your needs.
If you’re phoning us about a relative’s addiction, the information you give us will be treated in the strictest confidence. We will not disclose the information you have given to us about them unless you give us your express prior consent.
The Solution to Addiction – Choosing the Right Addiction Treatment for You
Following your assessment, we’ll explain your options for addiction treatment. Here’s an overview of the most common types:
Addiction intervention – this is a safe and controlled therapeutic process, where addicts are confronted about their addiction. Led by an addictions counsellor- a professional interventionist, the intervention usually involves the addict and at least one family member or close friend. The aim is to persuade the person to accept help willingly – without exposing them or others to further harm.
Addiction detox – for alcohol, street, illegal drugs or prescription drug addiction, a detox will be necessary if you’re physically addicted. Most rehabs run detoxification as well as rehab treatment, so you’ll benefit from therapeutic support as the alcohol and drugs leave your system. Rehabilitation becomes even more effective as your body and mind clear.
Addiction rehab – this is where the most intensive therapeutic work takes place. Typically carried out in a residential setting, you’ll have professional help and peer support to overcome your addiction – including understanding the damage it has done, what’s really behind your cravings and how to shift permanently into a recovery mindset.
Family support for addiction – excellent rehabs understand the value of involving family members, where clients give their consent. Family meetings and visits, letters from relatives to use in therapy groups, family-of-origin sessions – these are all examples of treatment techniques that can lead to critical recovery insights.
Outpatient addiction counselling – for early stage dependence, where addiction is causing problems, but your life is mostly manageable, outpatient addiction help can be a good option. The addiction assessment will uncover if outpatient counselling is viable or not.
Ongoing Support and Self-Care in Addiction Recovery
After you’ve received structured addiction treatment, whether that’s a residential or non-residential programme, you’ll need to plan for ongoing recovery support and self-care.
Here’s what we suggest you think about, to give yourself the best chance of maintaining addiction recovery.
Aftercare – if you’ve been through a residential detox and rehab programme, keep in mind that all good centres have an aftercare programme. This is usually a free therapeutic session, held regularly at the facility, which you can attend after you successfully complete the treatment programme. Aftercare gives you continuity after leaving residential rehab – it’s an excellent place to discuss how things are going back in the community, as well as keeping in touch with supportive peers.
Addiction counselling – addiction recovery isn’t an event, it’s a process. You may have spoken about past trauma for the first time in rehab. You might need more therapy when you leave residential treatment, to support you while you establish your recovery. Asking for more help from a professional therapist is not a sign that addiction treatment hasn’t worked for you – it’s a sign of emotional growth.
Addiction recovery groups in the community – one of the best sources of peer support, addiction recovery groups are available in more towns and cities. The Anonymous fellowships are the most numerous – but there are alternatives to 12-step groups such as SMART Recovery meetings and mental health awareness groups. Committing to a regular meeting can make all the difference to your health and wellbeing, as you find your feet in recovery.
Family support groups in the community – there are also peer support groups for family members or friends of addicts, such as Al-Anon. They have recovery meetings and free mentoring available, helping people understand a loved one’s addiction while keeping themselves safe and well.
Self-care – in addiction recovery, treating yourself with kindness and respect is one of the best ways to prevent relapse.
Some of the questions you may ask yourself while in recovery are:
- How can you start your day peacefully and positively?
- Whom can you call if you’re not feeling good?
- What activities relax you?
- Where are the best places for you to socialise and have fun?
- What do you need to say no to – at least for a while?
- Are you eating right?
- Getting enough sleep?
Support groups, counselling and aftercare sessions will help you find answers.
For confidential and non-judgmental addiction help, please contact us at Addiction Helper. Our advisors are trained to listen, assess your addiction and identify the best course of addiction treatment for you. Pick up the phone to start your recovery.