ADDICTION AND INTERVENTIONS
It is better to have a loved one be mad at you for confronting them about their addiction than never to say anything and sit by as they destroy themselves.
Most of us who know anything about addiction or who have seen this crippling affliction first hand have also heard the term “intervention” tossed around. Intervention is a broad term, with multiple definitions and applications in several fields.
Drug use and excessive alcohol consumption cause and worsen a very long list of physical and mental illnesses. To maintain a healthy life, avoiding drug use, or recovering from addiction, are vital first steps.
The subject of drug and alcohol addiction is a pretty tense and all around stressful subject. Because of the various dramas and difficulties surrounding drug and alcohol addiction, it seems like a lot of people don’t really want to broach this subject. In a way, this absolutely makes sense.
The first thing that you need to know about helping a friend who is a drug addict or alcoholic is that you should not wait. The longer that you postpone taking action to help your friend, the harder it may be for him or her to quit.
Four days before Christmas, I came to Paradise, California, a little hamlet in the Sierra-Nevada foothills. I was hired by the well-to-do parents of a 32-year old addict who would fly into a rage every time they mentioned he needed to go to a treatment program.
It’s common for families to get stuck proving their addict is, in fact, an addict. They feel a need to convince themselves or others that action needs to be taken, so they do things like search the addict’s room, follow him around with GPS, smell his breath, or round up empty bottles, baggies, hypodermic needles, prescriptions, and other evidence of drug use.
No one chooses to be an addict. Your loved one has stumbled into a deep pit and is constantly struggling to get out. They need your help. As long as you follow some basic do’s and don’ts, you can help pull an addict to safety.
A lot of families ask me, “if we can’t get our loved one to go to treatment, why should we believe a stranger would do any better?”