Drug Abuse Intervention

Denial a Huge Problem

Drug Abuse 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 Abuse 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 Abuse 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 Abuse 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 Abuse 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 Abuse intervention step is so vital.

Don’t enable

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's 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 Abuse 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.

Questions about Intervention:

Should someone involve the police?

by Kristin

Recently my sister has stolen $5,000 from my mother who is being treated for breast cancer. I believe she is she is on drugs again but cannot prove it.

My sister has been a recovering addict for about 10 months, I do not believe she has been sober for even 1 month out of it but have no proof.

She has 3 kids who would be effected by her going to jail or prison but I do not see how they are not being hurt already. I am willing to take the kids but feel like she wouldn't let me if we turned her in.

How do you get her help without hurting the kids and when she does not want the help. She almost killed herself in an overdose and her 9 year old was the one who found her.

She has been kicked out of rehab and no one can afford to help her. What do you recommend?

She is lying, steeling, talking so fast, always figity, staying up late, has lots of mood swings, sweats a lot, losing weight, always has to run here or there and her bills are not being paid!

Many more signs but no proof.

How Much Proof is Needed?
by: Ned Wicker

Dear Kristin,

Have you ever heard of the term, “Where there’s smoke there’s fire?” You say you have no proof, but you have observed many of the tell-tale signs of an addict who is out of control.

What kind of a person would steal from their mother who has cancer? The signs you spoke of are classic, so obviously something has to give. I also have to question the wisdom of standing idle while you know your nieces and nephews may be in danger.

At the very least, call Al-anon and get their take on your situation. I recommend them because they are people just like you who are concerned about people they love. Obviously you are going to have to take some kind of action, as doing nothing is not an option.

Your sister is in trouble. If she got kicked out of the treatment center, there are some serious issues going on.

Get the family together and get a game plan started. Her children are a major concern, as they are the ones in the greatest jeopardy because of her out of control behavior. Child Social Services would not take this situation lightly, and I am not at all sure your sister understands how inappropriate her lifestyle is, or how dangerous it is to the kids.

Law enforcement can be your friend here, so a conversation with a drug enforcement officer may offer you some insights and options. She can be given an ultimatum-- get straightened out or go to jail. Sometimes that jail experience is enough to convince the person with substance use disorder that there are serious consequences to bad choices.

Your sister has a diseased mind, so she may not be able to make a good decision. She is already stealing, so what comes next is probably worse. Maybe the treatment center will take her back under the right circumstances. But if everything fails, I would consider having her arrested, regardless of the consequences, as that may be the one thing that saves her life.

What is Intervention?

What happens when you call a treatment center about an intervention?

What happens during an intervention?

What is Alanon and how do I get connected?

Is Alcoholics Anonymous just for people who believe in God?

How do I find an AA meeting?

Why should I go to a support group meeting?

That completes Drug Abuse intervention click here to return to Treatment

and Finally Remember:

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8

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