Most addictions are a form of self-medication for both physical and emotional pain. All addictive chemicals offer the addict relief from intense pain. What can we do about this?
Our natural endorphins are chemicals that allow us as humans to feel love.
Addiction provides the addict with a sense of connection that feels like love, but behaves like death.
Addicts are much more likely to recover in a loving environment than in a punishing environment.
Our Drug Intervention Programs give addicts an opportunity to re-establish themselves as a human being; we can offer them opportunities to practice their better human nature on behalf of their families and themselves. We can provide emotional and practical support. We can change our perceptions of the addict by assuming that no one wants to be addicted.
Drug Intervention Programs
It is very important that a trained professional Drug Interventionist be in charge of mediating during the intervention process. Often times there is a lot of built up anger and other emotions. Without a mediator, such an attempt can do more harm than good and lead to heavy arguments. When confronted in general about their addiction, an addict will usually just get angry and leave the scene. This is often why family members give up on telling an addict that they need help.
How Can Drug Intervention Programs Help?
Drug addiction tends to be a family disease. The addict is not the only person affected by their addiction, but close family and friends also tend to become ill as a result of the drug addiction cycle. Drug addiction creates a pattern and those closest to the addict fall into a pattern just as the addict does. Sometimes this can include lending money, bailing the addict out of jail, lying for the addict, getting into heated verbal and sometimes physical altercations, and other similar behaviors.
Drug interventions help to discontinue the denial so often expressed by addicts and their family members. The addict and family members are forced to honestly take a look at the disease and the devastation brought about by the addiction. When put in such a situation, the addict has to see the pain in others and turmoil in their own life, which can often times lead to an awakening long enough to create a desire to get help.
It is common for addicts and the one’s closest to them to minimize the severity of the disease. When a drug abuse intervention takes place, every party is forced to face the problems the addiction has created in the life of the addict and those closest to him or her.
It is important that the addict immediately accept help while the desire to stop the addiction is present. If not, the addict can quickly give in to the urge to use and continue in their addiction.
Perhaps one of the most important changes that take place during the intervention process is not only a chance to help the addict in desperate need, but loved ones also learn that some of their own behaviors are only enabling the addict to continue in the addiction cycle. In order to expect any change, these behaviors must stop and boundaries must be established. This also helps loved ones to have more peace in their own life.
Drug Interventions Services
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A Drug Abuse Intervention is carefully planned prior to the actual intervention. Family members are coached on how to go about speaking to the loved one, and are encouraged to make necessary life changes for themselves.
The Drug Intervention is done in a controlled setting. The loved ones first state their concern and how the addiction has affected their life. Words of encouragement may also be shared. In addition, each loved one is encouraged to explain to the addict that they will no longer contribute to the addiction or enable them.
"Brad Lamm's step-by-step approach empowers familes to change their loved ones through compassionate
and continued support."
-Dr. Mehmet Oz
Dr. Oz Show
As the founder of the Change Institute, I am deeply grateful that you have taken the time to read these pages. As an addict in Recovery, I have a personal investment in the outcome of these efforts. Every person who allows me to help them also strengthens my own Recovery.
Please consider that:
Addicts are more likely to respond when they are treated as a human being with legitimate needs.
We can also learn to confront addiction without blaming or shaming the suffering addict.
We can offer addicts a sense of priority and value their health on all levels.
When we plan a Drug Abuse Intervention, we want to change the behavior -- we want the addict to stop using, but we also want them to recover.
Recovery is more than simply not indulging in addictive substances; it is a new way of living. For the addict, these skills must be learned.
Only a professional has the ability to keep an intervention on track. A professional interventionist also has experience with what techniques tend to work and which do not in confronting an addict about his or her problem.