If of all words of tongue and pen, the saddest are "It might have been", more sad are these we daily see that "It is but hadn't ought to be".” - Harte, (Francis) Bret
After a personal tragedy has occurred involving alcohol or drugs people often ask themselves or their loved ones "Didn't anyone see this coming?" or "Weren't there any warning signs?"
In truth alcohol and/or drug addiction very seldom occurs with absolutely no warning signs or symptoms. Unfortunately in many cases loved ones and friends have either turned a blind eye to the problem or didn't recognize the depth of addiction before it was too late.
First let’s review the very sobering, cold, and hard statistics regarding alcohol or drug addiction or abuse.
We are a society that wants to believe that people can change any unwanted behavior simply by willing themselves to stop doing the unwanted behavior. Yet at the same time we acknowledge that very few of us can stay on a diet because of lack of willpower. It is estimated that as much as 80 million Americans go on a diet every year and collectively we spend over $40 billion a year on everything related to dieting. We readily believe that dieting is too hard for the average person to stay on for any prolonged period of time. But we deceive ourselves into believing that our loved ones can just stop their alcohol or drug addiction if they really wanted to.
In addition to the lack of knowledge that most families have about understanding the problem of how alcohol or drug addiction works, there exists an even greater danger for those who attempt to stop their alcohol or drug addiction on their own though unsupervised detox. An addict who attempts to stop their addiction without proper medical supervision may suffer serious illness or even death. Unfortunately, sometimes even those who thought they were making the correct decision by detoxing rapidly have died because they attempted to find a quick fix to their addiction rather than use the proven and safe methods of conventional detox. For example, in the late 1990's, six individuals suffering from addiction died at a NJ rapid detox center from their 1 day ultra rapid detox program.
The bottom line is that there are no shortcuts when it comes to stopping an addiction to alcohol or drugs. The first step on the road to recovery is admitting that you or your loved one has a problem and need to get professional help. If a person suffering from alcohol or drug addiction cannot admit or accept that they have a alcohol or drug problem, then a professional intervention must take place to get your loved one or friend help before it’s too late.
A professional interventionist is licensed, trained, and very experienced in conducting a successful intervention. Anyone who has attempted to confront a person suffering from alcohol or drug addiction knows how difficult it can be to even get a person to admit that they have a problem. Or if the person struggling with alcohol or drugs does admit to the problem, then they will attempt to minimize their problem and assure you they have it "under control" and that there is nothing for anyone to worry about. In reality there is a whole lot for everyone to worry about! Just reference the above section again titled:
Families and friends of addicts have learned that an addict can't tell the truth because the addiction won't allow them to tell the truth about their addiction. They are in denial. Their addiction has taken control and won't give your loved one back to you without the assistance of professional help. The first step in breaking the hold that addiction has on your loved one is a professional intervention. By definition the word intervention means "to interfere in the state of affairs of another." A professional interventionist by definition is someone who has been trained to deliberately intervene or interfere in a loving and supportive way in the life of an addict and show them they have a problem that is beyond their control. It should be easy to see why a professional intervention is necessary, as it is not easy to confront someone. Even if you are someone who is comfortable with confrontation, you may still lack professional intervention training and you will very likely, albeit inadvertently, make the individual feel more defensive or confrontational than they would be if a professional interventionist were handling the intervention.
A professional interventionist is trained in being supportive, non-confrontational, and non-threatening during an intervention. A professional interventionist instructs the family members and friends to confront the individual in a loving and caring manner. The professional interventionist will help the afflicted individual to see how their behavior is negatively impacting both themselves and the people around them. The goal of the intervention is always to get the individual who is suffering from alcohol or drugs to accept they need professional help and to overcome their addiction at a highly respected and accredited rehab treatment facility.
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