The Need For Help
It's painful to see someone you love addicted to drugs or alcohol. The problem is that addicts often can’t see the harm that their addiction is causing. Addiction literally changes someone’s mind. They think they cannot function without their addiction present. That leads them to drastic measures, including (in some cases) criminal behavior. It’s important to realize that a serious addict probably doesn’t ‘choose’ to cause harm. They can’t see any other way. 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 to hire a qualified interventionist. That person can help organize the meeting with the addict. You will also need to meet with other loved ones to discuss the intervention and how to best carry it out. 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.
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. The next step would be to meet with the interventionist 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.
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. At the end of the meeting, the addict is urged to get some kind of rehab help or face consequences. The consequences will depend on the situation, but the addict must understand that without treatment, there is a price to pay. 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.
The Next Steps
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. The challenges you may face are unfortunately part of the damages of addiction. If you think you need help to do those things, you can discuss that with the interventionist, or another professional.
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. If you’d like to speak to someone about interventionists or rehab treatment in Illinois, call 916-249-2665.
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.