Time to Act
It's painful to see someone you love addicted to drugs or alcohol. You want to help them any way you can. The problem is that addicts often can’t see the harm that their addiction is causing. Addiction is a disease that can leave someone oblivious to problems. Sadly, addicts sometimes can’t see the harm they cause their loved ones. Addiction literally changes someone’s mind. It affects a person both mentally and physically. They think they cannot function without their addiction present. That leads them to drastic measures, including (in some cases) criminal behavior.
An addict gets to the point where the addiction is more important than jobs, family or friends. If someone you know is in this position, a classical intervention may be the first step toward getting them help. You will likely need help from a qualified interventionist. That person can help organize the meeting with the addict. You will also need to meet with other loved ones to discuss the intervention and how to best carry it out. Interventions are not always easy, but they are worth it when you know there is no other way. Your loved one is worth it, and so are you and your family.
An intervention takes place when loved ones confront the addict directly and demand that they seek help to overcome their addiction. An intervention becomes vital when damage is being done and there’s no other good way to stop it. The first step would be to hire a professional interventionist to help you. This should be someone who understands the nature of your loved one’s addiction and can describe why they need to get help. The next step would be to meet with that person and discuss the situation. Together you will plan what you will say to the addict, when you will say it and who will be there. All this planning is essential. The goal is to demonstrate as clearly as possible to the addict that they need help and should begin rehabilitation.
The four basic sorts of interventions are simple, crisis, classical, and family system. A simple intervention is literally “simply” asking someone to quit their harmful behavior. Before more complex intervention methods are begun, a simple intervention should be attempted. A crisis intervention is used to address dangerous, precarious situations, such as reckless driving. Convincing one particular person to agree to rehab right away is the purpose of a classical intervention. In a family system intervention, the focus is on convincing all the family members to quit their behaviors, specifically in instances of drug abuse and domestic violence, which create dysfunctional living environments.
The Next Steps
At a set time and place, everyone involved will meet with the addict and explain why they are there. The addict needs help, and things must change. Each person can explain the problems that have arisen due to the addiction. The interventionist can go into detail about how the addiction affects a person. If the addict has objections to the intervention, each person should be able to calmly answer those objections. Now is not the time to be angry or bitter with the addict. You can remind the addict that you all are there because you love the addict and must insist that things change. You must ask for an immediate decision from the addict. Giving them time to think about it only delays the help they need. Again, the intervention should be a turning point for the addict to begin a new life.
If the addict decides to seek help, it is the first step in a long process of healing. Treatment can take many forms, including counseling and medical care. In many circumstances, a rehab center is the best choice. That’s because a rehab center ensures that the addict will have the best treatment possible. The rehab center will be staffed by counselors and medical professionals who are experts in helping addicts recover and stay sober. The experts will also have access to medication and techniques that will best help the addict overcome their addiction. The best rehab centers will be able to answer your questions about treatment and give you an overview of how to live a life free of addiction. There are people available locally that you can talk to about rehab. You can call (719) 270-3133 if you live in the Thornton, Colorado area and would like more information about interventionists and rehab centers.
With Outpatient treatment a patient comes to a rehabilitation facility to get daily care. The patient is able to stay in their household. The addiction treatment will take place at health clinics, counselor's offices, neighborhood health centers or in residential programs with outpatient services.
Inpatient treatment is focused on medically supervised detoxification. This is the perfect place to start the recovery process. Following the detox process, it is recommended that patients seek out further treatment. Detox without further treatment is often not enough, but detoxing is an important step!
This is perfect for client that would benefit from a mix of inpatient and outpatient care. In this situation patients live in residential homes and are taken to get treatment daily. This gives patients a new routine to build on so they can adjust to their new life in the future.