Alcohol and Drug Abuse HelpThe hardest part about help is getting it, even though there is a lot of help available.It’s hard because the alcoholic does not want help. They want to LEFT ALONE. They LOVE to drink and they’re not interested in quitting!They know they don’t have a problem and they want everyone to MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS!Their families see it but it doesn’t matter.Their friends see it.Their co-workers see it.They don’t see it and everybody else is wrong!Actually, it is important that the addict see the problem. Without the buy-in of the addict, without him/her realizing they have a serious problem, no treatment is going to take place. They WILL REFUSE to get help to matter what!There is a television reality show called “Intervention” which documents the denial of addicts as they are approached by family and friends to seek help. In one episode, the Methamphetamine addict and an alcoholic, who is destroying her health, her family’s property and all of her relationships, is steadfastly in denial that there is any problem of any kind and refuses help.Totally LostShe curses her family for bringing it up. On video, we see how selfish she has become because of the drug. She cares for no one but herself and her Drug Abuse comes before anything else. She refuses treatment. She refuses help. Most everything she mutters is profane. She is completely lost.The wake left behind a drug addict is the crushed hearts of those who see the problem, want to help, but on their own, for the best of reasons, likely contribute to the problem rather than solve it. In these shows, an interventionist is called in by the family, not just to confront the addict and coax them into rehabilitation, but to coach the family and teach them communication skills.More importantly, the interventionist teaches the family boundaries, and how to stick to those boundaries.Same is true when senoirs are involved.One of the fastest growing groups struggling with addiction are seniors over 65. If many Medicare supplement plans cover addiction/alcohol treatment because the problem is so wide spread. Interventionist can also helphen the addict is a senior. Bringing the family together can be very useful as a way to break the denial which almost always is the main barrier to treatment.Alcohol and Drug Abuse help is not based on enabling the addict; once rules are established they MUST be adhered to. If the rules are broken the addict MUST feel the consequences otherwise the family is going to enable the addict to continue using. No Alcoholism and Drug Abuse help is possible! Alcohol and Drug Abuse is a community problemAlcohol and Drug Abuse is not just a family problem. It’s a community problem and therefore, help from the community is a necessary ingredient for any addict achieving recovery. Families are too close to the addict.They love that person, they care, they cry for them. Their loving regard for the addict blocks their objective thinking and prevents them from being the answers to the problem. They become enablers and feeding the problem. Alcoholism and Drug Abuse help from a professional is needed to treat all parties involved in the addiction.Once the family and friends are onboard with the need for professional help, and new communication patterns and boundaries are established by the professional, “their” problem will become the addict’s problem.Once the addict realizes that they have the problem, the first step towards recovery is taken.If you know someone that needs Alcoholism and Drug Abuse help or if you’re struggling with an addiction, and need help call 1-800-662-HELP.This site contains five MAIN pages that EVERYONE should read:
Read these five pages and learn what you need to know to spot Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in: Yourself… Your Family… Your Friends… Your Community…The rest of the pages are there for your reference to explain important topics in more detail.
Finally don’t miss the Spiritual and 12-step sections to fully explore how understanding THE SPIRIT can lead to recovery!