Denial Can Be a Large Problem
Drug Use Intervention: If you are a friend or a family member of someone who is either abusing drugs or already addicted, you’re probably wondering what you can do to help.
The biggest problem you face is that the abuser or addict thinks this is YOUR problem, or you’re making a fuss over nothing. “I can handle it.” The last one in the room to know there is a problem is the one who has it.
There is help for a Drug Use intervention
You’ve seen what’s going on and you are thinking of ways to stop the behavior. Maybe you’ve decided to do Drug Use intervention that person you care about and “get real” with him or her. Your motives are pure, but you are probably not equipped to help. You probably need the assistance of an interventionist, someone who is trained in drug and alcohol issues.
You are not going to be left out of the room, as the interventionist will work with the family and friends to plan the best approach to the abuser or addict, based upon his/her history of use. The interventionist will plan according to the user’s drug of choice, make the proper analysis and map out a specific strategy based on the information gathered.
Each Drug Use intervention can be different
Interventions will vary, depending on the user’s history. For example, if the person is already well into addiction, the interventionist must make that adjustment to the strategy. That’s where friends and family come in.
Moreover, the interventionist will understand the approaches to handling addicts with alcoholism, cocaine abuse, heroin addiction, or those who are abusing inhalants or methamphetamine.
Regardless of the drug, trained professional help is available for a Drug Use intervention. They are the ones who can give an accurate and objective account of the user’s behavior. If someone has just moved from being an occasional user to a frequent user, that requires a different approach than the one for a person who is a long-time abuser. Friends and family are vital to this process.
Most people under estimate their problem
People who are caught in addiction do not realize the severity of their problem. The only thing that matters in their life is getting the drug, regardless of the consequences. Health problems are not considered. Legal problems are not considered.
The person who used to be rational and law-abiding has been swallowed by the drug. That’s why the Drug Use intervention step is so vital.
There is no room for enabling, no room for being the good guy, because the life of the addict may be on the line unless something is done on their behalf. It is sad when family and friends no longer matter. It is even sadder when life does not matter.
Don’t be a hero. Get help from a trained professional. That person knows what questions to ask and what information is necessary to make a proper assessment and an effective strategy for battling the problem.
Drug Use intervention can really help!
Another important point to keep in mind is that an intervention, however brief, may make all the difference in the world to getting the addict back on track to restoring his/her health.
Even a short encounter with an addiction specialist can prove instrumental in helping someone along. Those short visits may lead to putting them into a rehab program, or at least getting in to see a physician.
Once in the throws of addiction, addicts will no longer be the person they used to be, and as a result, the intervention stages may be difficult for you to witness. Our affection for the person, our feelings get in the way and it is difficult for the family member or friend to remain objective.
The interventionist is key to putting the addict back on the right path to a healthy and successful life.
Here are a few questions we've received about Drug Use Intervention:
Interested in your drug invention program?
Hello my name is Victoria, and I am inquiring about your Drug
intervention program. I have a friend who is addicted to Cocaine,
alcohol, and pretty much any kind of pill she can get her hands on.
I am very concerned about her.
Her drug use has gone way beyond social, and she is very deep into her addiction at this time. She is skin and bones, and I worry everyday that I might get that dreaded phone call that she has passed away.
The frustrating part is that she does not believe that she has a problem or even acknowledges her drug addiction. She does not have insurance, but I was hoping that somehow you guys can help. Please e-mail me back with some information on your programs.
I really appreciate it.
Rally the Troops
by: Ned Wcker
Denial is a very powerful lie that prevents people from seeing the truth. Sadly, it is a part of the disease and anyone with a substance use disorder has gone through the same denial process.
Your friend has a brain disease, so expecting her to be thinking clearly and seeing her situation for what it is unrealistic. Unfortunately you have to stand by and watch as she throws her life away. But take heart, there is hope.
First of all, understand that you are not going to save her. You can take action, you can be helpful, but the results are not in your pay grade.
I would recommend a call to Al-anon, an organization dedicated to helping friends help friends. A colleague of mine once told me that helping friends and family members is sometimes harder than working with addicts because they are so fixated on trying to help and support the addict that they become part of the problem.
Al-anon will help you learn what you can do to be of help, and how to avoid being in the way.
Because your friend is in denial, she isn’t really going to listen to you. After all, in her view, she does not have a problem, so it’s probably you that has the problem; she’s fine. You can’t tell her anything, but you can be a part of the solution.
She has to see for herself that she has a problem, so her treatment and recovery are best planned and orchestrated by a professional. You can gather information. Perhaps a call to a drug treatment center might render some results.
You might consider talking to her family and see if they are on the same page with you. I say this because addiction is a family disease, so they need to be a part of her program.
If they all are users, you may not get any support, even if your friend is dying. If they share your concern, you have the beginning of a great support team.
Anyway, make the call to Al-anon and they can help you decide if an intervention is a good idea and who locally would be the best to help you.
What does an intervention cost?
Make Some Calls
by: Ned Wicker
An intervention is tied to treatment, so it is difficult to say exactly what it will cost. Depending on insurance, or a source of funding. I would suggest a call to a treatment center for some basic answers to questions you have. There are in-patient and out-patient programs and many variables to consider.
I would also suggest a call to Al-anon, to assist you in any planning you might need to do. These are people who have been through this process and they can tell you from first-hand experience what to expect. I am sure they can also address financial concerns.
The interventions you see on television aren't necessarily reflective of what actually goes on. Obviously they want "good television" so take your time and get some solid answers before moving forward. More importantly, get the family together and have an open and frank discussion.
Together you can partner with a professional person to make a plan that will be effective for the person you love.