Articles in Category: Intervention Questions

Susan from Pasadena, CA, writes:

on Wednesday, 11 July 2012.

Susan writes:
Cindy, my 22 year old son Morgan is drinking alcohol so often that his work and relationships are suffering. Last week he missed 3 out of 5 days of work due to drinking. As well, he drinks a lot in his room, often refusing to socialize or take phone calls. What can I do to help my son before his drinking escalates further?

Cindy writes:
To be honest, I have quite a bit of experience with this very situation. First, an intervention should be staged immediately. Subsequently, Morgan should undergo detox and then enter a 28 day inpatient treatment program. Lastly, Susan it’s not too late. In fact, applaud yourself for reaching out on behalf of Morgan.

Troy from Nashville, TN writes:

on Wednesday, 30 May 2012.

Troy from Nashville, TN writes:
Hi Cindy, I found out, probably a week and a half ago, that my son was doing Meth pretty heavily. He has flunked out of college, and is living with his girlfriend. I was hearing rumors about him using Meth, and had hoped it was just a one time thing, well it’s not.
When I confronted him about it, he seemed delusional. He was telling me how he was seeing bugs coming out of his skin, hearing voices, and he went on telling me about conspiracies involving alien life forms.
He is convinced that everyone is infected with parasites, and is even talking about drinking ammonia to kill these “parasites”. I have tried to get through to him, but I can’t seem to reach him. I know that if we don’t do something soon, I will lose him. I am afraid for my son’s life, and I know that something has to be done fast.


Cindy writes:
Hi Troy, thank you for writing in. I know this has to be tough for you to see your son being held captive by such a powerful drug. When Meth gets a hold of someone, it does not let go easily. Unfortunately, right now, the Meth has a hold of your son.
You are correct when you say that something has to be done soon. You talked about when you spoke to your son, how he was very delusional, how he talked about seeing bugs and hearing voices.
That person you spoke to was not your son, you were speaking to the drug. Your son is absent, but not gone. There are options available to help get your son back. An intervention could be a great starting point.
This would give your son the opportunity to take to the first step, and accept the help he so desperately needs. Along with a period of detoxification, your son could then begin the treatment process. There is hope for your son, and with the right treatment plan, recovery is possible.

Kim from Salt Lake City, UT writes:

on Wednesday, 30 May 2012.

Kim, writes:
       Cindy, My son needs help. When he was 14, he was involved in a bad accident which required him to have surgery. At the age of 18, he was in another, more serious accident, which resulted in a broken pelvis and more surgery. After the surgery, he was put on pain medications. Well, he became very dependent on the medications, and began abusing them.
       Within no time, he had moved on to more potent drugs, and then came the alcohol. I see him getting progressively worse, and he is to the point now where he cannot stay away from the drugs or the alcohol despite several attempts to quit. We have talked several times about his problem, and he is willing to get help. I am very concerned for him, and I just want to him to get the help he needs.

Cindy writes:
       Thank you for your concerns Kim. I can understand what your son is going through. We see this situation too often, where someone has a serious injury or accident, and a legitimate reason to be put on pain medications. However, at some point, the line between needing the medication and wanting the medication gets blurred.
       It seems that in your son’s case, that line has been crossed. Opiate addiction is a serious problem, and often happens before the person taking the medicine even realizes they are addicted. You mentioned noticing your son getting progressively worse. We often refer to addiction as being “chronic, progressive, and fatal”.
        Unfortunately, addiction is not something that will just go away if we ignore it. In fact, the longer we ignore it, the more it progresses. We must be willing to recognize that we have a problem, and willing to accept help. It’s good to hear you mention that your son is willing to accept help, and we are here to help him any way we can.
       We offer medically assisted detoxification programs specifically designed for Opiate withdrawal, as well as Intensive Outpatient, or Residential Treatment. We can develop an individualized treatment plan for your son to help address any underlying issues that may be contributing to his addiction, as well as establish a solid after-care plan for him. I know you want what is best for your son, and we want to help restore a new hope for him.

Julie from Salem, AL writes:

on Wednesday, 30 May 2012.

Julie writes:
Hi Cindy, my son Brent needs help. He is 25 years old and has been struggling with a heroin addiction. This has been going on for a few years, and things are going downhill very fast now. I know he is a good person inside, but somewhere along the way he has turned into someone I don’t even recognize anymore. He has told me that he is willing to go to treatment, but we are having trouble locating the right treatment center. We are trying to find a place close to home so I can visit him, and be here for him. I know he doesn’t want to leave home, and it is also important to me to be close to him during this process. I have researched your facilities, and they look great. I just worry about sending my son so far away. Can you help us?

Cindy writes:
Thank you for your questions Julie. I realize your concerns about out of state treatment for your son. However, there are many benefits to seeking treatment away from home. Often, what the addict needs is a fresh start, to get away from the environment they are accustomed to. One of the most important steps towards Brent’s recovery will be removing him from the environment that has proven to be harmful to his health. Choosing to seek treatment out of state will help eliminate any distractions a facility close to home may offer. The possibility of meeting up with old friends while in treatment near home can be dangerous for those in recovery. With your son in a new state, away from familiar areas and reminders of drug use, the temptation to leave treatment early is greatly reduced. Being placed in a new, healthy environment will give your son a chance to focus solely on himself, and his recovery. Although the distance can be hard for a parent, it may very well be your son’s best chance for recovery.