If you or a family member is suffering from addiction, you may not know where to turn for help. If you have tried unsuccessfully to recover in the past, it may be time to try something different. Even the most loving approaches are often unsuccessful when trying to convince an addict to get help. With the help of a skilled COA drug interventionist, it is possible to bring an addiction under control.
How many times have you been told that your loved one has to want help or hit bottom before getting well? Addicts teach families enabling behaviors such as guilt, hope, fear, and victimization in order to keep the family from changing. While a family is waiting for the loved one to want help or hit bottom, they are being manipulated by the addict who is kept comfortable at the expense of the family.
Guilt occurs when families are taught it is their or someone else’s fault. Hope is that one day, the loved ones will change on their own, or they will move out of the house and find a job. The fear is that trying to intervene will make them run away, prostitute themselves or even kill themselves if you insist on treatment. And lastly, victimization is taught when they make you believe that if you had their miserable lives, you would behave just as they do.
An intervention is just as much, if not more, for the family as for the loved one. The addict cannot get high without resources; people, places, and things are needed to make that happen. The family has full control of the situation. They just have to be shown and taught how to apply that control.
Drug interventions at COA begin with a calm and objective approach that results in a coordinated treatment for substance abuse. Although the media has portrayed intervention as a way to confront someone with his or her drug abuse, in real life, there is much more than confrontation to this approach. One of the most important elements in getting someone the help they need is the inclusion of an experienced interventionist who is trained in drug interventions and also expert in drug addiction rehab and recovery treatment. This is a crucial element, because drug-involved individuals are often not willing to listen to even their close family members.
Although some addicts do recognize the problems their addiction has created and seek treatment and recovery on their own, this is not the case with everyone. Many people are unable or reluctant to recognize that their substance abuse is responsible for the problems they are experiencing at work, with their health and in their relationships. In some cases, individuals suffering from substance abuse may blame circumstances or other people for the problems they are experiencing. When this happens, a skilled interventionist can help to break through this cycle of denial and help the individual recognize the effects of his or her substance abuse.
If you are uncertain whether an intervention may be necessary for your loved one or family member, consider the following warning signs of addiction that may indicate the need for an intervention:
- Significant changes in weight
- Poor personal hygiene
- Fights with friends, co-workers and/or family members
- Promises to get help that are not kept
- Withdrawal from family functions, hobbies or other activities
- Untruthful accounts of their whereabouts or spending behavior
- Accusations of petty crimes
- Denial of drug and/or alcohol use
It is possible to break the cycle of addiction. A trained interventionist can provide you with the resources you need to overcome addiction and enjoy a life that is free from the consequences of substance abuse.
All COA interventionists are certified and highly experienced. They have helped thousands of addiction sufferers recognize the effects of their substance abuse and get the assistance they need. There is no charge to work with the COA Intervention Team and recommendations to specific treatment facilities are based entirely upon the needs of the client.
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