When a person is suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, the best-case scenario is that they recognize the problem and seek addiction treatment without being pushed into it by others. Unfortunately, many addicts will never seek drug treatment on their own. For those individuals, an intervention is the best and sometimes only solution.
Many addicts suffer from a number of delusions which they create in order to accept their own addictive behavior. They tell themselves that they are not hurting anyone. They think that no one knows when it’s actually the worst-kept secret among their friends and loved ones. Or perhaps they earnestly believe that they don’t have a problem, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary.
It is this class of addicts – who seemingly lack the capacity to be honest with themselves – who are the best candidates for an intervention. Only when lovingly confronted by several members of their inner circle can they see the truth that everyone else sees: they are suffering from drug addiction and they need addiction treatment.
“I was surprised to learn that I was literally the last one to know I had a problem,” says Deonna Stalteri, who is successfully recovering and a valued employee at Cornerstone Recovery Center. “I’m so grateful to my friends and family for their support through my intervention and recovery.”
Timing of Intervention Will Never Be Perfect
Addiction is a progressive illness. It continuously gets worse, never better. Therefore, there is no “perfect time” to do an intervention.
Every day that goes by is another day of pain and suffering for the addict and those around him or her. It’s another chance for someone suffering from alcohol addiction to get behind the wheel of a car and end up in jail, or worse. It’s another day when the addicts risk losing their jobs, and consequently, their ability to provide for their families. It’s another day when hitting rock bottom may mean death.
In other words, the sooner someone starts the process of addiction treatment, the better. However, there are some obvious warning signs that can signal the need for an immediate intervention:
- The addict has been hospitalized for an addiction-related episode but continues to use the substance.
- There is a blatant disregard for their own safety and the safety of others.
- Others who depend on the alcoholic or drug addict – particularly children – are being put at risk.
- There has been talk of suicide or even a suicide attempt.
- A refusal to admit a problem even in the face of incredibly obvious negative consequences
- The addict “holes up” in their residence or other dwelling and refuses to talk to anyone
- Addicts are neglecting their own hygiene and/or living in squalor.
40 Million Addicts, Not Enough Interventions
Unfortunately, only a small number of addicts who need an intervention get one. A recent Columbia University study asserted that there are 40 million addicts in America, but comparatively little money is spent on treating this nationwide health epidemic.
Dr. Mark Willenbring, formerly of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in the Washington, DC area, cited in the Times article the need for “multimodal treatment that is individualized” as an ongoing drug program, and an intervention can often be the first step in getting an addict into such a program.
Understandably, many people do not know how to conduct an intervention, and an addict will naturally often be resistant to the process. This is where an intervention specialist comes in. Those with questions on how and when to facilitate an intervention should contact a drug rehab center, such as Cornerstone Recovery Center, right away. Call us at 954.271.2846 or contact us online.