When to Act
It's painful to see someone you love addicted to drugs or alcohol. You want to help them any way you can. The problem is that addicts often can’t see the harm that their addiction is causing. Addiction is a disease that can leave someone oblivious to problems. Addiction literally changes someone’s mind. It affects a person both mentally and physically. They think they cannot function without their addiction present. That leads them to drastic measures, including (in some cases) criminal behavior. An addict gets to the point where the addiction is more important than jobs, family or friends.
If someone you know is in this position, an intervention may be the first step toward getting them help. An intervention is a well-organized meeting meant to urge the addict to get help immediately or face consequences. You will likely need help from a qualified interventionist. That person can help organize the meeting with the addict. You will also need to meet with other loved ones to discuss the intervention and how to best carry it out. Interventions are not always easy, but they are worth it when you know there is no other way. Your loved one is worth it, and so are you and your family.
Putting it Together
The first step 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. In many cases, the interventionist is also a recovering addict. That helps them communicate with the addict on another level. They can relate to the addict’s problems and understand many of the pains they are going through. They can also discuss ways the addict can get treatment. 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. You must ask for an immediate decision from the addict. Giving them time to think about it only delays the help they need. Again, the intervention should be a turning point for the addict to begin a new life.
At a set time and place, everyone involved will meet with the addict and explain why they are there. Each person can explain the problems that have arisen due to the addiction. The interventionist can go into detail about how the addiction affects a person. If the addict has objections to the intervention, each person should be able to calmly answer those objections. You can remind the addict that you all are there because you love the addict and must insist that things change. You must ask for an immediate decision from the addict. Giving them time to think about it only delays the help they need. Again, the intervention should be a turning point for the addict to begin a new life.
If the addict decides to seek help, it is the first step in a long process of healing. Treatment can take many forms, including counseling and medical care. In many circumstances, a rehab center is the best choice. That’s because a rehab center ensures that the addict will have the best treatment possible. The rehab center will be staffed by counselors and medical professionals who are experts in helping addicts recover and stay sober. The experts will also have access to medication and techniques that will best help the addict overcome their addiction.
Most addicts try to overcome their addictions by themselves. Unfortunately, this method seldom works. The problem is that addiction is a complicated disease. It’s not something that will ‘go away’ by itself. But sometimes an addict can see that there is a big problem. Sometimes, the addict’s loved ones will need to stage an intervention for this to happen. But once the addict knows that help is needed, they can take the steps to get it. There are many people trained to help addicts recover, including many people here in Massachusetts. You can call (617) 996-7921 to learn more about interventions and rehab treatments in Massachusetts and how you can help your loved one.
Explore Treatment Paths
With Outpatient treatment a patient comes to a rehabilitation facility to get daily care. The patient is able to stay in their household. The addiction treatment will take place at health clinics, counselor's offices, neighborhood health centers or in residential programs with outpatient services.
Inpatient treatment is focused on medically supervised detoxification. This is the perfect place to start the recovery process. Following the detox process, it is recommended that patients seek out further treatment. Detox without further treatment is often not enough, but detoxing is an important step!
This is perfect for client that would benefit from a mix of inpatient and outpatient care. In this situation patients live in residential homes and are taken to get treatment daily. This gives patients a new routine to build on so they can adjust to their new life in the future.