Needing Extra Help
It can be very difficult to look on as a family member, friend, or loved one suffers from addiction. The first urge is to assist the addict to get clean, however, those efforts frequently have the opposite effect and end up making it easier for the user to keep on abusing drugs or alcohol. Loved ones of an addict begin to understand that they aren’t helping as much as health care professional might. In these cases, it is best to stage an intervention to help the addict make a choice to get treatment.
An intervention takes place when loved ones - with the help of a professional interventionist - confront the addict directly and demand that they seek help to overcome their addiction. It is necessary because an addict often cannot understand that help is necessary. The disease of addiction blinds a person so that the addiction becomes more important than the problems associated with it. An intervention becomes vital when damage is being done and there’s no other good way to stop it. It is, in a sense, an act of love toward the addict from the people being affected by the addiction.
The first step for a classical intervention 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 that person 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.
The four basic sorts of interventions are simple, crisis, classical, and family systems. A simple intervention is just asking someone to quit their harmful behavior. Crisis intervention is used to address dangerous, precarious situations, such as reckless driving. Convincing one particular person to agree to rehab right away is the purpose of a classical intervention. In a family system intervention, the focus is on convincing all the family members to quit their behaviors, specifically in instances of drug abuse and domestic violence, which create dysfunctional living environments.
Moving on to Rehab
Intervention isn’t the same as rehab. By itself, an intervention may not be enough to convince the addict to stop using drugs or alcohol. Rehab centers teach the addict about the illness of substance abuse and provide them with the skills and techniques they’ll need to manage long-term recovery. For the best chance of success, an addict is usually encouraged to enter treatment immediately after their intervention. There is no one ‘cure’ for addiction, but rehab provides the resources and skills necessary for addicts to get back in control of their lives.
Addiction is that it gets people entangled with bad influences and situations. The longer help is delayed, the higher the possibility of an overdose and ever-worsening health. In most cases, it is best to arrange an intervention as soon as possible. There are people here in Philadelphia, PA who can help you organize an intervention for your loved one. To contact an interventionist, for more information regarding interventions, and for details regarding addiction, please call 916-249-2665.
Exploring Treatment Paths
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.