Once a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, it can be difficult to convince them that they have a problem and that they need help. Addiction affects people’s emotions, sensibilities and thinking and makes them susceptible to peer pressure.
In order to help a person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it is often necessary to perform an intervention on their behalf. This is a staged process in which family and friends of an addict sit down with the person and speak openly and frankly about how the addict’s actions have affected everyone’s life. By doing this, the hope is that the addict will see how their actions have been destructive to everyone’s life – including their own – and will choose to seek addiction treatment.
As Soon as You Recognize the Problem
The best time for an intervention is when you first notice that there is a problem in a person’s life. If you notice that a family member or friend is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you should seek out the help of a qualified professional interventionist. They can help you determine the best course of action and can help you plan out a proper intervention, if they believe that such action is necessary. Sometimes, interventions can take on different styles depending on how addicted a person is, as well as how they will respond to being confronted by their family and friends.
As Soon as Friends and Family Can Assemble
When a person realizes that a family member or a friend is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it is natural for them to become sad, frustrated and angry at the person who they see being self-destructive with their life. But as much as they want to help, they may feel helpless or confused as to what they can do to rectify the situation. If they try to confront the person on their own, the addict may respond with denial or rationalizations, claiming that they don’t really have a problem. Most addicts don’t recognize that they have a problem, and even if they do, they think that it only affects themselves, not anyone else.
By performing an drug rehab intervention as quickly as possible, you can short-circuit these types of arguments and help the addict see that their actions aren’t just harming themselves, but the people around them as well.
Most addicts don’t seek help until they have “hit bottom.” This happens when their life is so out of control that nothing is working, and they may have a life-altering experience, like a car accident or they might be arrested for their addiction. It is important to try to intervene in a person’s life before they hit bottom, as it can save them and yourself pain, and can help increase the effectiveness of the treatment program.
Drug Rehab at Skywood Recovery
At Skywood Recovery, we provide a wide range of treatments and therapies designed to help your loved one break the cycle of addiction to drugs and alcohol and return to you a more whole, substance-free person.