One of the most difficult things to do in life is to watch loved ones struggle with addiction. It’s even worse when it is clear they are losing the battle and yet they continue to refuse to get help.
- Sometimes, it’s a matter of a loved one thinking he has his or her addiction under control.
- Other times, it’s about not wanting to admit there is an addiction.
- For many people, there is still a stigma associated with addiction and they are concerned about wearing that label for the rest of their lives.
- Still other times, a loved one doesn’t realize how big the problem is and how it’s affecting the people he or she loves.
Regardless of why, this loved one needs help. Unfortunately, no matter how much pushing and prodding family members, mates, and friends do; it feels like they are only managing to push the loved one further away. The risks associated with addiction are very real. The longer a loved one remains bound by his or her addiction, the greater the risks of long-term health consequences, or even death, become.
These are the times when it is helpful to consider scheduling a drug intervention for a loved one who is struggling with addiction. Substance abuse intervention brings an impartial observer into the mix to work with friends and family members to find the right cues and triggers to help loved one sees just how much they are hurting not only themselves, but everyone who loves them.
Fortunately, families don’t have to do interventions on their own. Especially when working with the experts at Elevate Addiction Services. In fact, most drug intervention programs do the heavy lifting for families. The team of experts from Elevate already know how to do an intervention and can walk families through each step. This allows all family members know their roles to play and when they need to get involved. Intervention coordinators can also help by offering advice, tips, and guidelines to improve the odds of success whether it is a drug or alcoholic intervention.
What is a Drug Intervention?
Interventions for people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol are often the first step toward recovery. While it may be viewed by the affected loved one as a confrontation, it should not be confrontational at all. It’s an opportunity for everyone to offer love, encouragement, and share their concerns about the loved one’s health, wellbeing, and future.
There is no one-size-fits-all drug intervention definition. It will be a different process for each individual addict and family. Just as no two treatments for addiction are identical, so should interventions always be unique and planned for the specific needs of the people involved. This includes the person living with addiction as well as those who are affected by the addiction.
What Families Need to Know about Drug Interventions
Drug interventions can greatly improve the odds that the loved one will get the help he or she so desperately needs to overcome addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people who go into treatment over extended periods, like the long-term residential treatment program offered by Elevate Addiction Services, are more likely to do the following:
- Stop Using Drugs
- Decrease Criminal Activities (if any)
- Improve Functioning (psychologically, occupationally, and socially)
Of course, there are many variables within these statistics including the quality of treatment programs, the nature of the addiction, and the nature of the interaction between treatment providers and their patients.
Elevate Addiction Services offers a customized treatment program for individual residents as well as outpatient treatment services for those who cannot participate in residential treatment programs for addiction. This is often related to job or family commitments.
Why Consider Intervention?
The decision to go through with an intervention is never an easy one to make. Elevate Addiction Services understands that family members are always concerned over the safety and health of their loved ones. This is exactly the reason why families cannot afford not to go through with an intervention if other attempts to talk their loved ones into rehab or addiction treatment programs has failed.
No matter how strong a loved one is, addiction is an illness. Most people would go to the doctor to treat cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and countless other diseases and illnesses. Addiction is no different. Just like these other conditions, it will not go away on its own. Treatment from a qualified professional is the only way to go.
From risky behavior under the influence of drugs and alcohol to health effects of long-term exposure to the harsh chemicals in drugs to the risks of overdose, arrest, and more, there are plenty of reasons to consider intervention for a loved one – even at the risk of pushing them further away.
Elevate Addiction Services has highly skilled and competent staff that have been trained in helping families of all shapes and sizes conduct successful interventions to get their loved ones in rehab. While there are no guarantees of success, an intervention can succeed where individual family members may be unable to.