There is Hope
Substance abuse is proving one of the most expensive and critical issues Americans are faced with today. The drug industry has created a whole new generation of people addicted to one substance or another. Friends and family members of people addicted to drugs and alcohol often feel helpless. Watching someone struggle with substance abuse can devastates many lives. The situation is far from hopeless, however, as an ever-increasing number of people work to end the suffering of those in the grips of addiction. But most addicts have trouble understanding the damage that their addiction is causing.
How do you demonstrate to an addict how serious the problem is? The best answer is to hold an intervention. An intervention is a well-planned meeting with the addict, the addict’s loved ones and a mediator or an interventionist. The interventionist is someone who has knowledge of the addict’s condition and how the addict can get help. During the intervention, the addict is directly confronted about the damages caused by the addiction. At the end of the meeting, the addict is urged to get help immediately or face certain consequences. The consequences will depend on the situation, but the addict must know that the addictive behavior will not be tolerated any more.
An intervention is a conversation that aims at motivating the addicted person to admit a problem and seek help. Choosing the intervention members is of vital importance. A confrontation coming from a person whom the addict has had an abusive relationship with in the past is unlikely to help. The conversation should stay non-judgmental and steeped in love, not mockery or rage. Make sure to have a rehearsal for the intervention so as to avoid any unintentional outbursts and to prevent glitches. Prepared written statements are an excellent idea as emotions can run high during an intervention. Having a planned and orderly conversation lends the most effective results. All this planning is necessary because you are trying to present a clear reason why the addict needs to get help immediately.
During the intervention, the interventionist can talk about the addiction and the best ways to treat it. 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 at all possible, it helps if the addict can go directly into rehab after the intervention.
After It’s Over
Part of the interventionist’s job is to show the addict where help is available. Then they can then lead the addict into treatment programs that can change their life. Everyone at the intervention should let the addict know that they support rehab treatment. They can encourage the addict verbally and let the addict know that they will be there to help if they can. But sometimes the addict just won’t accept the idea of rehab. It’s wise to prepare for that outcome as well. After the intervention, you will know that you did everything you could to help the addict see the problems. Be sure to discuss with the interventionist what the best actions would be if the addict refuses help.
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. All the extra help available at a rehab center ensures that the addict will have the best treatment that is possible. If you have questions about rehab treatment or hiring an interventionist, you can call (678) 616-2926 in the Atlanta area.
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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.