Drug rehab services can help you to decide if you or the person in need of help should go to a residential treatment, out-patient facility, long term treatment or short term rehab and if one should do an intervention. Does the addict need a detox? Should it be medical or not? These are some of the questions that need to be answered before making the right decision of whether to do a drug or alcohol intervention.
A Drug or Alcohol Intervention teaches families and friends a language alcoholics and addicts can understand. It organizes love and honesty in a way that breaks through denial. It creates a moment of clarity for the alcoholic. Ninety percent of those suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction will accept help the very day of the intervention.
A Drug or Alcohol Intervention is a procedure that helps an addict recognize the extent of their addiction. Persons who are addicted to substances usually do not know their addiction is out of control or even that they have one. They tend to look at other people around as a measure of how right or wrong their actions are. Those that surround themselves with persons who are caught up in the grasp of substance addiction are not able to see the drastic lengths that their own addiction has come to. Their using “friends” are a mirror of themselves, leading them to believe that their own actions are acceptable.Read more: Intervention
The Steps of a Drug or Alcohol Intervention
- We DO NOT recommend doing an intervention on your own, as this can lead to emotional high-jacking and making the situation worse. It is best to have a mediator there, that the addict has no emotional connection with. A professional interventionist is highly recommended to assist you with a drug or alcohol intervention, so it can go as smoothly as possible to get the one you love back to living freely.
- Stop all “rescue missions” – Family members often try to protect an abuser from the results of their behavior by making excuses to others about their abuse problem and by getting them out of drug-related jams. It is important to stop all such rescue attempts immediately, so that the addict will fully experience the harmful effects of his use and thereby become more motivated to stop.
- Don’t enable them – Sometimes family members feel sorry for the addict or tend to avoid the abuser; let them come and go a they please. This comes across to the abuser as a reward?after all, all he wants is to be left alone. Be careful not to reward by paying his bills, bailing him out of jail, letting him stay for free, etc. This kind of reward creates out exchange and criminal behavior.
- Time your drug or alcohol intervention – If possible, plan to talk with the addict when he is straight. Choose a time when all of you are in a calm frame of mind and when you can speak privately.
- Be specific – Tell the family member that you are concerned about his drug or alcohol abuse and want to be supportive in getting help. Back up your concern with examples of the ways in which their drug abuse has caused problems for you, including any recent incidents.
- State the consequences -Tell the family member that until he gets help, that you will carry out consequences. Not to punish the drug abuser, but to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the abuse. These may range from refusing to be with the person when they are under the influence, to having them move out of the house. DO NOT make any threats you are not prepared to carry out. The basic intention is to make the abuser’s life more uncomfortable if he continues using drugs than it would be for him to get help.
- Find strength in numbers with the help of family members, relatives and friends to confront the abuser as a group. However,you want to choose one person to be the initial spokesperson. It will be much more effective for the others to simply be there nodding their heads, than it would be for everyone to talk at once and “gang up on him.” Remember the idea is to make it safe for him to come clean and seek help.
- Listen – If during your drug or alcohol intervention the abuser begins asking questions like; Where would I have to go? For how long? This is a sign that he is reaching for help. Do not directly answer these questions. Instead have him call in to talk to a professional. Support him. Don’t wait. Once you’ve gotten his agreement, get him admitted immediately. Therefore, you should have a bag packed for him, any travel arrangements made, and prior acceptance into a program.
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