Many of us look to the New Year as a time to take stock and make some major changes in our lives. You may look on the calendar to set a date to either stop doing something unhealthy or harmful or start doing something we know we should be looking after. The idea of self-improvement is a good one, but when it comes to getting someone into a drug rehabilitation program, it isn’t your best course of action.
Time is Not On Your Side
When you are dealing with a loved one who is living with an addiction, they are in the throes of a life-threatening illness. Waiting to get them into treatment is not to their advantage, and it does not benefit the family either. By the time an intervention is being contemplated, there have likely been years of negative behavior and stress in the family stemming from supporting or dealing with the aftermath of the addict’s behavior.
Addiction and Bargaining
Families need to be aware of the facts about alcohol abuse and other forms of addiction. If it was possible to implore, cajole, pressure, or love someone enough that he or she would be able to go for treatment on his or her own, family intervention services would not be necessary. Addicts are very good at manipulating people in their lives to support their illness so that they can keep feeding it, too. The addict may say that he or she will get help “soon” or is nearly ready to go to a treatment program on his or her own.
Get Professional Help for Addiction
Once a decision has been made to seek professional help for addiction, the best choice is to follow through immediately. Waiting for an addict to hit rock bottom used to be the standard thinking when it came to getting treatment. The problem with this idea is that for an addict, “rock bottom” can mean consequences like living on the street, being sentenced to jail, or death.
A much better choice is to bring the bottom up and intervene sooner. It can literally make the difference between life and death in some cases. If someone in your family has an issue with drug or alcohol addiction, a professional intervention is the best way to get him or her on the road to recovery.
Don’t wait for a specific date on the calendar to start the process. The best time to get help for someone you love is today. Don’t wait for the New Year to resolve to make this type of positive change in your family. Take the first step toward a better future today.