Dealing with the addiction of a loved one or family member requires a much different attitude that does not always come naturally to some people. Addicts often will take advantage of their loved one’s vulnerability in order to manipulate family members into allowing them to continue their drug use without interference. Resources can be debilitated by years of dealing with the addicted personality. It is not uncommon for tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to be spent cleaning up drug-related problems.
Should someone you care about be addicted to drugs like alcohol, crack or powder cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, or opiates like heroin or OxyContin, finding professional care and treatment may be the only viable solution. As the addict typically does not see the same reality about their addiction as those surrounding him or her do; professional intervention may be the only means for getting the addict to agree to treatment. Whether it is a life emergency – death of a loved one, loss of job, loss of family due to drug use – or the process of intervention – it is important that the addict is immediately moved to a treatment facility for medical, psychological and emotional support, once they recognize the need.
Who should be involved in a process of intervention? This question should be well thought out. The number of people there is less important than who attends. If at all possible, the member of the family that the addict most respects should be there. This person is an opinion leader to the addict and needs to be fully informed about the actual agenda and totally supportive of getting them the help they need. Every person in attendance should be in complete agreement about the fact that the person needs help and be supportive of the addict agreeing to treatment. If a family member is antagonistic towards the addict and incapable of restraining themselves from argument and blame; leaving them out should be considered. Although the addict may have many enemies and has done wrong to most family members, arguments and upset will not benefit the cause of getting them to seek treatment. In fact, the focus will be shifted from their need for help to an argument about past wrongs or ill feelings.
Once the addict has entered the treatment stage of their recovery, it is important that family members remain engaged. Oftentimes the treatment facility will request family members, loved ones or friends remain with the addict while they go through any detox process. As this can be a fearful time; the love and support of significant family or friends may make this transition easier for the recovering addict. Most treatment centers also offer family group counseling opportunities, in order to help facilitate a healing between the recovering addict and one or more of his or her family.
Staying engaged during the treatment process of the recovering addict, from intervention, throughout treatment and on into the outpatient phase, can support the recovering addict’s goal of reaching a life of sobriety.
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Company Name: Transforming Life Center
Contact Person: Siamak
Address:5782 Ohio St.
City: Yorba Linda
Country: United States