The most challenging job for any intervention counselor or addiction professional is educating families on the proper way to handle their loved one’s addiction. Over the years, our biggest obstacles have been other professionals, ones who don’t necessarily work in the field of addiction, that believe they have the solution to your or your loved one’s addiction problems.
Families spend their time calling countless treatment centers, health care professionals or even lawyers to seek advice on what to do next. With proper intervention education, families become aware that, like an addict or alcoholic, they also have been seeking a comfortable solution by taking the option and advice that seems most painless.
Families Who Are Fed Bad Information
Opioid addicts talk their families into methadone and Suboxone clinics, for example, and alcoholics and other addicts talk their loved ones into meetings and outpatient programs instead of inpatient treatment. It is hard to comprehend sometimes that families are being told the same thing over and over again. They are given bad information by certain professionals, and they are no closer to a solution than when they first started.
The worst information a family can be given is that their only option is to wait for their loved one to hit rock bottom or ask for help. This simply is not true.
Learn the dangers and pitfalls of methadone- and Suboxone-based addiction treatment by clicking on one of the buttons below.
Mental Health’s Role in Addiction
We hardly ever receive calls from an addict or alcoholic who is not also on some form of medication for depression, bipolar disorder, or the like. It isn’t that mental health issues don’t exist or that medication can’t help in some cases, but almost everyone with a substance abuse problem is diagnosed before being off the drugs or alcohol and prior to recovery.
Many of our intervention clients who were diagnosed with mental health disorders prior to treatment did not, in fact, have a disorder and did not need medication after achieving sobriety during treatment. The problem is not the drugs or alcohol: It is the addict or alcoholic who is suffering from underlying issues and self-medicating the pain. Additional drugs almost never provide an immediate or effective solution.
Resources to Understand Addiction and Treatment
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Disease Model and Addiction
Addiction is now viewed by most medical experts as a disease. Since insurance companies now regard addiction treatment differently, the recovery success rate is not nearly as high as it used to be. This is perhaps because the disease model concept may be counterproductive to the recovery process.
Drug Testing and Intervention
Parents shouldn’t put all of their stock in a drug test. These tests are made to be beaten. So even if your child’s test comes back negative, that doesn’t mean they don’t need to undergo treatment, especially if his or her behavior has been erratic and out-of-character. We can help you determine the next steps.
Enabling an Addict or Alcoholic
If you have a loved one who is abusing drugs or alcohol, you may think you’re free of blame, but you actually could be enabling him or her. This is because enabling is not always an active process. You may be enabling the loved one passively.
Learn about the different types of enabling behaviors by clicking the button below.
Insurance for Addiction Treatment
While interventions are not covered by insurance, most inpatient and outpatient treatment centers accept various forms of insurance benefits. There are many variables when it comes to how insurance works for substance abuse treatment. Family First Intervention can help you understand your insurance benefits and find the most appropriate route of treatment.
How Doctors Treat Addiction
The way doctors try to treat someone’s addiction is very different than how a counselor would address the condition. Doctors are generally trained to identify an ailment or a condition and then address it with medication. However, taking a new medication to try to keep one’s addiction cravings at bay is often a crutch.
Learn about the potential drawbacks of going to a doctor for addiction treatment.
Substance Abuse and the Law
In our experience, court-mandated addiction treatment is almost always ineffective. If you have a loved one who is ordered to enter a state-funded treatment facility, let them go through the process, but start taking your own proactive steps. For example, you should go through your insurance and help your loved one find a treatment center that best suits them.
Find out how an intervention can be part of the solution.