A long-standing and dangerous misconception surrounding substance abuse is that a person suffering from an addiction needs to hit an all-time low, or “rock bottom,” before he or she will fully recognize the severity of their situation and seek help. This is not only false, but potentially harmful and even fatal. Every addiction case is different, and there is no correct approach that fits every single substance abuser. Effective treatment depends on separating myths about mental illness and substance abuse from fact. Ultimately, this effort begins in the home.
Waiting for Rock Bottom Doesn’t Work
Substance use disorder is far more than just cravings for a particular drug or alcohol. It can completely alter an individual’s personality and make him or her act in ways that their loved ones would have never expected. When family members believe that individuals struggling with addiction need to wait for rock bottom to make a real change, they are essentially prolonging that person’s suffering and opening the door to life-threatening health complications.
It’s also important to recognize that substance abuse doesn’t solely impact a user’s personal life and health – it can also cripple them financially, destroy their careers and alienate them from loved ones. The longer family members wait to push their addicted loved ones into treatment, the greater the risk for life-altering consequences. For example, substances like opioid pain killers take a dramatic toll on the human body. If loved ones wait for rock bottom to encourage an opioid-addicted family member to seek treatment, they are functionally sentencing their family member to death.
Instead of waiting for rock bottom, family members can encourage addicted loved ones to seek help through an intervention. An intervention is a staged meeting where friends and family gather to let the struggling person know that they want to support them through recovery.
Individuals with substance abuse problems are likely to offer rationalizations and excuses if confronted one-on-one. An intervention, led by a trained professional, is one of the best ways that families can help their addicted loved ones to work through these excuses and recognize their own need for help.
Interventions Save Loved Ones from Rock Bottom
Staging an intervention isn’t always simple or straightforward. Many interventions bring deep-seated or long-standing conflicts to the surface. Emotions can easily flare and hinder constructive discussion. In fact, many of the people close to the person struggling with addiction are likely to hamper the process if they are not careful. It’s vital for every person involved to approach interventions with an open mind and a sincere willingness to help.
Improve Interventions with Professional Assistance
Interventions shouldn’t be taken lightly – they are often the “clincher” when it comes to encouraging someone to seek treatment for his substance abuse issues. When family tensions and strong emotions come into play, well-meaning loved ones may wind up doing more harm than good. Addiction Treatment Services encourages a different approach to substance abuse interventions. By leveraging the expertise of professional interventionists, families can devise constructive and effective strategies to help their loved one enter treatment.
Remember that addiction is a disease of isolation; most substance abusers feel trapped by their predicaments and often feel too ashamed to seek treatment. In cases like these, the best help that a family can offer is through powerful demonstrations of their support. A professionally staged intervention is one way that loving families can provide this help.
The Addiction Treatment Services Difference
Most people dealing with substance abuse issues today didn’t set out to live an unhealthy lifestyle. Prescription painkillers, for example, are the leading cause of overdose deaths and new addiction cases in the country. Despite their deadly nature, much of the blame of the epidemic can be put on health professionals who over-prescribe powerful medications. These types of addiction progress very quickly. A person could find themselves hooked on the drug and in need of an intervention before they know it.
Our family-first approach to intervention encourages the people struggling with substance abuse to acknowledge their loved ones’ concerns. Likewise, we encourage families to meet their addict loved one where they are at instead of waiting for rock bottom.
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