Drug intervention programs are not last resort, but the beginning of new life

Being a part of drug intervention programs between family and friends may seem like the end of a very long rope that has been frayed and wound around a situation that looks too dire to get out of. When you confront an addict and give them what amounts to basically an ultimatum, you are saying that this is the end of the relationship with you, as they knew it, unless they turn themselves over to professionals for help and rehabilitation. They do have the opportunity to say no, and while that may lead to them no longer being a part of your life, you still need help to maintain a healthy and happy existence after the tumultuous undertaking you have been through.

With intervention programs comes healing

What happens after drug intervention programs is not usually discussed until it is time, but there is a lot of healing that needs to happen, not just with the addict undergoing intense physical, emotional, and mental therapy, but with the family and friends who have been enabling this person to continue this cycle for as long as they have. While this behavior is not a fault of any person involved, it is completely reasonable and any person who loved someone going through the pain of substance abuse would do, they also need therapeutic help to make a change in their actions and ways of thinking to insure that they do not perpetuate the cycle once the addict is out of treatment and back home.

Blame is a serious part of drug intervention programs, and it is very easy to place all of it on the addict. While they are the ones who chose this life and have been unable to get out of it alone, the people surrounding them have allowed it to go on for as long as it has. While the substance abuser is the beginning, the loved ones encircling them have been the middle. Now the drug intervention programs need to be the end for everyone entangled in this web. There are counselors available in the in-patient treatment program the addict has elected to undergo, and on the off chance that they decline treatment, there are a number of independent places that family and friends can go to where they can learn how to stop doing what they were and move on with their lives.

Reaching out with an intervention program

An intervention program is not to place blame, or get anyone to accept responsibility, other than the addict themselves, and the only way they can do that is by getting sober and clean. The shoulders of the people surrounding them are not completely clear of conscious, and they too will need to clear their burden and the air around them by seeking treatment for loved ones of addicts. The intervention programs that the substance abuser has gone through should also be a wake up call to everyone around them that they should get the help they need in order to make sure they can promote a happy and healthy environment when their loved one comes back home.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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