Massachusetts Family Intervention Services
Left to the an inflicted family member’s own devices, they may be doomed to continue their downward spiral. A brain that’s been compromised by drug and/or alcohol abuse becomes progressively worse. Talk to an experienced Family Addiction Intervention Counselor today at: 800-980-3927
With over 20 years of knowledge surrounding addiction & recovery, our insight, effective methods and dedication has well established us as one of the most respected and competent intervention counseling providers in this specialized area of addiction and mental health treatment. We know firsthand what it’s like to watch a loved one struggle with a drug and/or alcohol addiction problem and how it feels to suffer from this disease. The challenges addiction and mental health related issues pose don’t allow room for error and are never taken lightly. Families, friends and employers seeking assistance are encouraged to reach out to us and learn how we steer the most unwilling people into treatment 98% of the time.
Addiction is centered in the lower region of the brain or Limbic System, which causes the constant seeking/craving for pleasure/reward. The limbic system and related structures are important in the expression of emotion related to euphoria and feelings of well-being. Part of the limbic system contains DOPAMINE neurons that send inputs to many limbic-system components, such as the neurotransmitters, which are the chemical messengers that affect mood, appetite, anxiety, sleep, heart rate, temperature, aggression, fear and many other psychological and physical occurrences. Neurotransmitters attach themselves to receptor cells, which are one of the most important properties required to maintaining the life of the living organisms or person’s ability to react to external stimuli. The essential element of the receptor cell is to respond to physical and chemical stimuli by sending information to the central nervous system.
The upper region or outermost area of the brain is called the Cerebral Cortex. It plays a key role in memory, attention, perceptual awareness, thought, language, and consciousness. It functions to produce a meaningful perceptual experience of the world, enables us to interact effectively and supports abstract thinking and language. In short, it is a logical area of the brain that is in conflict with the lower region where the addiction is centered. It knows I’m doomed if I continue to drink, use drugs, not eat, binge and purge, etc. It is aware that to take this drink or drug can mean getting fired, losing the house, kids, etc.
Those suffering from active addiction tend to lose the ability of choice – or the battle to use or not use being played out in their brain. So stopping, staying stopped or preventing oneself from getting loaded becomes a constant struggle.
The belief that a person can somehow manage or fix themselves has to be re-evaluated. Thinking that someone must “hit bottom” and ask for help is also a recurring myth with potentially deadly outcomes. Studies have shown that the chance for recovery remains the same no matter how the person reaches treatment. A properly performed intervention serves to break through the denial system and lead the person to accept professional help.
After spending endless amounts of time in irrational and self-destructive behavior, an addict will minimize their condition or insist there is nothing wrong. The inability to stop or control the obsession frequently manifests into severe forms of denial, distorted cognitive thoughts and life threatening repercussions. Penetrating these defenses without professional assistance – no matter how concerned, loving or hard families and friends try – can be exhausting.
When families come to us seeking help for a loved one, there have usually been failed attempts throughout. They may have confronted the person about the problem and were met with minimization, defensiveness, hostility or illogical thinking. Sometimes their loved one admits they have a drug or alcohol problem, but never does anything about it. Short breaks or tapering off periods can convince them and those around them that they now have control. With relapse comes greater disappointment and the potential for more harmful repercussions. Although every family situation, level of destructive behavior and personal account is different, there are some common manifestations to the cycle of addiction.
So if someone you know needs help for alcoholism, drug addiction, an eating disorder or a mental health related issue, take a moment to speak with an experienced Intervention Specialist: 800-980-3927