The Truth about Drug Intervention
If there is anything that is more difficult to overcome and treat more than alcoholism, it is drug addiction. Some families do not even notice that one of their members is already using illegal substances at first. By the time they do notice, the addiction is already so severe that the addicted individual may be suffering from paranoia or even psychosis.
If the addiction is this severe, then the addict may be uncontrollable and unreasonably violent towards anyone who tries to approach him. If one of your loved ones is addicted to any type of drugs, do not hesitate to call for a Drug Intervention.
How do interventions work?
Families do not mean to enable an addiction but they sometimes do unconsciously. This happens when they are too easy on an addicted individual, playing blind to his drug abuse. When it comes to drug addiction, tolerance is only hurts the addict. If you cannot apply the iron hand yourself, you should contact a professional Drug Intervention. Competent rehabilitation centers have professional interventionists in their staff.
You should talk to the interventionist assigned to your case so that s/he will be prepared for the severity of your loved one's addiction. If s/he is already showing suicidal tendencies or is violent towards other people, be sure to let the interventionist know. This way, the transition from the old environment to the rehabilitation center will be a smoother experience.
More about Drug Intervention
Drug Intervention does not stop at the removal of the addict from his old environment. The patient will also have to go through detox treatments as well as in-patient counseling. For the drug addiction treatment to be effective, the program must answer the needs of the patient both physiologically and psychologically. If the treatment is concentrated solely on detox or on counseling alone, it will not be effective. The two treatment types should go hand-in-hand.
Out-patient Drug Intervention support
Once the patient has been released from the rehabilitation center, he should receive out-patient support. This includes group counseling sessions with a professional life coach and fellow recovering addicts. This is necessary because without professional and peer guidance, the patient can easily revert back to his old habits. The in-patient programs work effectively in a controlled environment that is conducive for recovery. The patient's real environment is not controlled. There are many factors which may trigger the patient to go back to being an addict.
Aside from out-patient counseling programs, the support of the patient's family is also integral to the success of any Drug Intervention attempts. Without the family's support, the patient can become very easily discouraged. The individual will then be susceptible to regressions and relapses. Families need to try their best to support the patient's recovery, as relapses are often worse than the initial addiction.
Drug Intervention is especially important if the addicted individual is pregnant, nursing a child, relatively young or was already suffering from behavioral disorders prior to the addiction. Drugs can trigger suicidal tendencies even among people who were fairly stable before their addiction. The danger is doubled when the individual is already psychologically impaired. Pregnant women and nursing moms, on the other hand, may pass on the substance through the placenta or the breast milk. High doses of these drugs can seriously threaten the life of an infant.
There are some studies that show how the risk of psychosis and brain damage are higher with young drug users. If you have a teen that you have discovered experimenting with drugs, call for help immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions about Drug Interventions:
Q: Will my call be kept confidential?
A: Yes, strictly so. It is recorded for quality control purposes only.
Q: How many people need to be involved in the intervention?
A: Only those who are dedicated to carrying out the tough love to the addict in denial. The optimal number may be as few as 1 and as many as want to come to be there and are materially important to the process. We've even conducted drug interventions with only the drug interventionist and the addict present, with family members on the phone.
Q: How do I know if the interventionist is the correct one for our loved one?
A: Our drug intervention coordinator works with a roster of highly qualified, experienced interventionists. She selects one based on the call you have with her. She encourages you to determine whether the selection is appropriate, based on how your questions are answered and an instinctive "chemistry" you feel from your call.
Q: What happens after I select the drug interventionist?
A: The coordinator will inform the selected interventionist of the choice. You will then receive a follow up call from the interventionist, beginning the process of identifying attendees, location for the event, travel logistics, if needed, and other details of the presentations and discussion format.
Q: When and where does the drug intervention occur?
A: At a time and place you determine. Usually this is between one and three days after your initial call. The attendees will be informed how to maintain the element of surprise for the addict, which is of the utmost importance. All involved must be prepared to act quickly because saving a life means time is of the essence.
Q: When do we actually get to meet the drug interventionist in person?
A: He or she will arrive a day early to meet with all attendees to rehearse all parts of the next day's drug intervention.
Q: What can I expect to happen at the drug intervention? A: A lot of openness, rigorous honesty, heartfelt tough love, tears and hugging. You may also see the addict initially display anger, hostility, resentment, a desire to run away from the group and emotional distance.
Q: So what is the purpose of the drug intervention?
A: Simply put, to get the addict to become willing to leave the drug intervention and enter detox and rehab immediately, accompanied to the facility by the drug interventionist.
Q: But what if the addict hasn't yet "hit bottom"?
A: The drug intervention process is, among other things, a way to bring the bottom to him.
Q: What percent of addicts actually go directly into treatment from a drug intervention?
A: Our team has a very high success rate, over 90 percent consistently.
Q: What about the few who do not go into treatment?
A: There are times when a drug intervention may have to be reassembled the following day or a few days later, generally due to the addict "coming to his senses" once the family's post-drug intervention consequences are put in place. Some decide later to come into treatment without those consequences forcing them to do so. Our success rate permits us to guarantee our drug interventions.
Q: What does it mean when a drug interventionist says that their services are guaranteed?
A: The drug interventionist will refund the cost of the drug intervention if your loved one does not go into treatment.
Q: Are drug intervention costs covered by insurance?
A: While drug interventions are a vital, if not all important part in actually saving someone's life, the insurance industry has yet to adopt this as an insured item.
Q: What does a drug intervention cost?
A: The cost for drug intervention services can vary depending on the situation, ability to pay for n drug intervention should NEVER be the deciding factor. There are programs that will offer free support on setting up a drug intervention. There are low-cost drug intervention services as well. Some drug interventions cost upwards of $4,000 however, these drug intervention services usually are coupled with long-term follow ups and guarantees. Please remember, no matter what, you and your loved-one can be helped. Finances should not stand in the way of organizing a drug intervention. If you need assistance, please call theRecovery Now TV helpline.