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.
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, an 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. 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.
You might be asking, "How can I help my loved one get better?" and "What's my part in helping my loved one get help for this dependency?" Friends and family members care deeply for the one that is suffering from addiction, but it could wear them down to have to say 'no' all the time. It's irritating to feel used by the addict, and having to watch on as other people encourage the addict with codependent behavior. You can't be frightened of confrontation. Worry can't stop you from taking action. However, with the help of a professional treatment center you can get your loved one the help they need.
How it Works
An intervention takes place when loved ones confront the addict directly and demand that they seek help to overcome their addiction. 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. In many cases, the interventionist can be a former addict as well. This gives them a special insight into what the addict is going through and how they can 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.
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 need to demonstrate concern for them. 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. There are people available locally that you can talk to about rehab and hiring an interventionist. You can call (916) 702-7941 to talk to rehab experts in the Sacramento, California area.
Outpatient treatment refers to a patient receiving care outside of a direct rehab facility. It usually involves living with a support group of fellow recovering addicts. Some rehab facilities will be able to place you directly into an outpatient program if necessary.
Inpatient treatment refers to a patient receiving care inside a rehab facility. The patient usually resides in the facility during the treatment. The patient is monitored by several health care professionals. These workers provide the therapy, medicine and guidance to help the patient return to sobriety.
Depending on the patient’s needs, some therapy may take place in a hospital facility or a private residence. The hospital can provide medicines and medical personnel to attend to the patient. The private residence is usually that of a family member or close friend.