Treatment and Intervention doesn’t have to be done voluntarily to be effective!
Do you know of someone, a spouse, your child, a sibling, a loved one or a friend that is in desperate need of help for drug or alcohol abuse and dependency but, they just aren’t ready?
In many ways, you are as lost and scared as the addict. They’re hurting deep inside as well as turning their life upside down destroying everything in their past and you are feeling just as over-whelmed and frightened as they are.
That’s why ‘intervention’ is so important. This can be the most important step you take in your life and most especially, in theirs. A person that’s chemically dependent is usually in denial. They don’t even see their lives as self-destructive. They are so consumed with the physical and psychological need for the substance, it’s impossible for them to see or understand what they’re doing to themselves let alone, their loves-ones and friends. Once you have decided to have an intervention, there are important things to do to make the intervention successful.
It’s very important to go into an intervention with as much knowledge and guidance as possible. Finding a skilled professional counselor can make the difference in the success or failure of an intervention. There are crisis intervention centers, treatment facilities and rehabilitation centers in every state. They are designed with professional therapists and counselors that specialize in interventions and will take the fear out of you doing this alone. Once you have found a professional to help with the intervention, they will help with the treatment and recovery process as well. As people, we are all different and unique. Therefore, interventions and treatments need to be geared toward the inpidual in need of help.
If this is something that you are considering doing for someone you love and care about, or if you have questions that you need answered before you make that decision, you can call this toll free number and a Trained Counselor will take your call! 1-800-559-9503 for Nationwide Assistance.
Knowledge and information can be our best friend when it comes to helping someone we love and care about. We can’t help them until we help ourselves. That’s why and intervention counselor or specialist is so important. They will help you understand the addiction and better inform you of what the abuser is going through.
Early intervention is critical when it comes to our youth. Our young people are experimenting with the same drugs and substances that adults are. Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, stimulants, and club drugs like ecstasy are just a few of the drugs that our adolescents and teens are trying and becoming dependent on.
Surveys have been done that show the average age is 13 for trying a drug for the first time. The average age is 12 for trying alcohol for the first time. Over 50% of high school seniors have tried drugs and over 33% have tried a drug other than marijuana. Statistics also show that it’s estimated that over 3 million teens between the ages of 14 and 17 in the United States today are problem drinkers.
Alcoholism is a serious problem in society today. If you or someone you know needs help for this addiction, there is help available. Intervention, treatment and rehabilitation services are available everywhere.
The Statistics Below are Frightening
- In 2008, 51.6% of Americans age 12 and older had used alcohol at least once in the 30 days prior to being surveyed.
- 23.3% had binged (5+ drinks within 2 hours); and 23.3% drank heavily (5+ drinks on 5+ occasions).
- In the 12-17 age range, 14.6% had consumed at least one drink in the 30 days prior to being surveyed.
- 8.8% had binged; and 2.0% drank heavily.
- The NIDA-funded 2008 Monitoring the Future Study showed that 15.9% of 8th graders, 28.8% of 10th graders, and 43.1% of 12th graders had consumed at least one drink in the 30 days prior to being surveyed, and 5.4% of 8th graders, 14.4% of 10th graders, and 27.6% of 12th graders had been drunk.
Alcohol isn’t the only substance that is getting out of control and destroying lives, relationships and families. Prescription drugs, illegal drugs and gambling are too. There are programs available no matter what the crisis is.
Inpiduals that abuse drugs and have formed addictions to them can’t admit that they have a problem to themselves let alone to you. They are in complete denial and will stop at nothing to hide their addictions as best they can.
Let’s look at the physical signs that a person may display if they are abusing drugs:
- Tremors: hands and legs seem to shake and shudder
- Speech may be slurred
- Their coordination impaired and they seem clumsy and unsteady on their feet
- Their clothes or breath has an odd or unusual odor
- Appetite changes and there’s sudden weight loss
- Appetite changes and there’s sudden weight gain
- They stop caring about how they look or dress
- Their pupils appear larger or smaller than normal
- Blood-shot eyes
Along with physical signs, there may be signs in behavior changes such as:
- Missing work often
- Performance at work is suffering
- Cutting classes often, attendance in school drops
- Behavior changes and is more secretive
- Stealing in order to get the drug
- Financial problems or can’t explain why they are having problems financially
- Needing money but can’t explain why
- Changes in friends
- Attitude changes
- Mood swings
- Outbursts or is more irritable than normal
- At times, silly and giddy
- Space out
- Unmotivated or lethargic
Addiction and dependency are very complicated or complex disorders. The user is over-whelmed and out of control. The compulsive need for the drug or substance takes over their lives. Addiction can get started so easily too. So many times, innocently enough, prescription drugs that were prescribed for a person soon turns into a compulsive need for the drug. Tolerance can build up for a drug in a short period of time depending on what kind it is. Pain killers are extremely addicting and should be prescribed for a short period of time. For some, pain is so unbearable; they can’t get through the day without them.
In a short period of time, some people find the need to double their dose to get the same relief they once had. If not doubling the dose, they take them more often than they were prescribed for. This happens quite innocently. Young people are taking them just to get high. Many young people think they are safer to take than illegal drugs to get high. They don’t understand the seriousness involved with taking these drugs because they don’t understand just how addicting they can be.
An article that was posted on July 15, 2010 by the New York Times Syndicate reports that more people than ever before are in need of treatment due to pain pill addiction. The number of people going through therapy for this addiction had more than quadrupled in the last decade across the United States. Sadly enough, these drugs can be crushed, snorted or injected. The longer the abuse goes on and the stronger the addiction gets, makes a difference when if comes to ‘ withdrawals’ when trying to stop abusing and when a user can’t find drugs to take. So if you or someone you know, a loved one or a friend needs help, always remember, there’s help out there. There are dedicated professional counselors, therapists, treatment facilities and rehabilitation centers in every state. A number you can call or give to someone you know in need is 1-800-559-9503 for Nationwide Assistance; help is just a phone call away!
NIDA National Institute On Drug Abuse
American Psychological Association