Drug and Alcohol addiction; Intervene Now

Drug and alcohol addiction are difficult subject matter; especially if someone you love is caught up in the throes of addiction.  You desperately want to talk to them about what’s going on, try to get them to see that the way they are living is ultimately destructive.  But it’s hard to get the words out, and they don’t seem to want to hear them anyway, so many times people just give up on talking to addicts, instead waiting for them to hit their bottom and ask for help.

Nobody wants to be lectured about their life, their choices, and their behaviors.  No one wants to be judged by others.  So often times we keep our opinions to ourselves in order to avoid further alienating an addict.  The conventional wisdom in our culture is that you can’t tell an addict the truth – that they need help now – because you have to wait for them to have some epiphany about their substance abuse and it’s effects.  The conventional wisdom has lead to the tragic death of too many addicts whose lives could’ve been saved with a drug addiction intervention.

Seeking help with an Intervention Specialist

Interventions can be successful when they are done the right way; and that means not trying to do it on your own without help.  An intervention specialist is a professional who has been extensively trained on how to stage an intervention with positive results.  Addicts will go into treatment because of an intervention, so it’s is imperative that if you choose to try an intervention on a loved one that you do so only under the guidance of a specialist.

People who have never dealt with addiction on a personal level have a difficult time trying to understand what an addict is going through.  Why can’t they just stop drinking or doing drugs?  Why can’t they just straighten up and fly right and stop all this nonsense anyway?  Having a trained professional walk you through the process of an intervention program is so beneficial because often times they are recovering addicts themselves and understand the power of addiction in an intimate way and can relate to an addict on a level that you as a family member simply aren’t capable of.

Don’t wait to seek intervention services

It doesn’t matter what substance someone you love is abusing, whether it be alcohol or drugs of any kind, intervention services can help you help them get on the road to recovery.  You don’t have to wait for them to ask you for help; you can help them today.  Putting together an intervention may seem like a scary and extreme way to go, but isn’t just letting someone potentially kill themselves the truly scary and extreme route to take?  Substance abuse is suicide; it is usually just a longer, more drawn out method than others.  But you can intervene and help stop someone from taking their life and it can work.  It isn’t easy to do.  It probably won’t be the most pleasant experience you’ve ever had, but in the end, it will be totally worth it because eventually your loved one will be back, clean and sober and ready to heal your relationship.

Mike Loverde

With firsthand experience with addiction, Mike Loverde is now a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), as accredited by the Association of Intervention Specialists and the Pennsylvania Certification Board. He founded Family First Intervention in 2008 and has since helped hundreds of families find intervention and addiction rehabilitation solutions.

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