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If someone you care about is telling you no, I won’t go to treatment, I don’t need help, the problem isn’t that bad – or acknowledges they need help, but doesn’t follow up on getting it – you are in the right place. Without competent assistance, dealing with destructive behaviors can leave families discouraged or convinced that nothing can be done. Fortunately, these are the exact type of difficulties we are trained to deal with when encountering alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders and mental health disorders.
Dependence is a primary, chronic and progressive brain disease that if left untreated will most likely lead to jails, institutions and/or premature death. The addicted individual continues drinking, using and/or engaging in maladaptive behaviors despite negative consequences such as problems at home or work and/or legal problems such as, being arrested for DUI or possession of a controlled substance. The addicted individual has lost the ability to limit or control his/her addicted behavior. Basically, addiction, whether to a substance such as alcohol, drugs food or to a process such as gambling or the internet, is anything that has taken over the individual’s life. For example, he/she may plan on having ‘just the one’ drink, but finds they are closing the bar or drinking in isolation. The addicted individual has also developed tolerance. This means that he or she needs greater amounts of the substance to achieve the desired effect.
Once addicted, the individual has physical as well as psychological dependence. Physical dependence is evident when he/she experiences cravings and when deprived of the substance will experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, shakiness and anxiety. Psychological dependence is evident when the addicted individual is obsessed with thoughts of obtaining and using the substance.
Why can’t my loved one just stop on his/her own?
As mentioned above, addiction is a brain disease. The brains of those who have become dependent on alcohol and/or drugs have literally been rewired. The pre-frontal cortex is the most recently developed area of the human brain. This part of the brain is responsible for our ability to make decisions and control impulses. In addicts, this part of the brain is basically shut down. This is why it is so difficult for your addicted loved one to understand the logical reasons you present to him/her to stop drinking and/or using. Without proper treatment the odds of successfully recovering from this disease are very slim; it always gets worse.
Doesn’t my addicted loved one have to ‘hit bottom’ or decide for his or her self before getting help?
No. You don’t have to, nor should you stand by and watch your loved one and your family suffer. You don’t have to wait until a tragedy occurs to do something about the situation. Alcohol, drug, co-occurring disorders and process addictions are a disease that follow a predictable and progressive course. Like cancer, if left untreated it always gets worse. Each day of unchecked addictive behavior and/or mental health episodes causes the individual to be even less able to make a good decision than the day before, thereby decreasing the chance of a spontaneous moment of clarity. Intervention will occur, whether it’s through your initiating it or society (jails or institutions) or death (his/her body will shut down). Unless your person of concern gets help, the unfortunate scenarios will worsen. The important thing is to take action as soon as possible before the other modes of intervention and harm occur.
What is an Intervention?
Intervention is a process by which the harmful, progressive and destructive effects of addiction and/or dual diagnosis problems are interrupted and the individual is motivated to accept the gift of treatment. It is a carefully orchestrated, highly structured and unified presentation. A skillful interventionist will properly prepare participants to break through the layers of denial and defenses that surround the sufferer. It is not punishment, nor is it an opportunity for participants to attack and/or vent frustration or anger. Intervention provides a forum for compassion, truth and love to be expressed by all. It is a catalyst for positive change for everyone involved. Intervention may be your one shot to come together for a very healing cause and prompt your loved one to begin recovery.
How does an Intervention work when family and friends have tried to get him/her to stop and haven’t been successful?
Family and friends frequently feel frustrated, hopeless, helpless and powerless with regards to their addicted loved one. Many have contacted doctors, counselors and pastors for help. Many family members and friends have tried being nice, being tough, offering ‘rewards’ and have begged and pleaded with their addicted loved one to stop using, but to no avail.
Addicted individuals can find it quite easy to ignore, minimize or even agree with the occasional expression of concern regarding his or her use with no change in their behavior.
Research shows that formally confronted chemically dependent individuals who were intervened on by a skillful interventionist had an enhanced readiness for treatment and recovery. Such facilitations remove the common mistakes made by family members and others whose lack of training and years of history with the afflicted individual from becoming a means of distracting the process and/or turning into a prolonged argument.
Aren’t all interventionists alike?
Finding the right intervention specialist for an alcohol intervention, drug addiction intervention, prescription medication addiction intervention, eating disorder intervention, mental health disorder intervention and/or dual diagnosis intervention is the most important first step to ensuring your loved one receives proper health care. By focusing our attention on the limbic system (complex area of the brain that supports a variety of functions; including emotion, behavior, motivation and long-term memory), we specifically address what’s preventing someone from accepting professional care. Our experienced Intervention Specialists are adept at pinpointing the blocks, breaking through denial and systematically dealing with the irrational thinking that affects a person’s decision making abilities. Not only are we credited with improving intervention methods and techniques, we have had the highest success rate in the industry since our inception. We remain focused on getting your loved immediately into treatment or detox and providing them with the support they need to complete treatment.
Passively waiting for a spontaneous request for help while someone is suffering from the effects of alcoholism, drug addiction and/or a mental health disorder is dangerous. Performing an intervention is too important to risk. If someone you know needs help, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free evaluation today at: 800-980-3927