It is often difficult for friends and family members of people who suffer from addiction to know how best to help their loved ones. One option is to hold an intervention. There are many good reasons to consider the possibility.
The Benefits of Addiction Intervention
If your loved one is struggling with amphetamine addiction, you may want to hold an intervention for the following reasons:
- Addicted individuals may deny or fail to realize the existence or extent of the problem. Denial is a hallmark of addiction. Once thought to be simply a psychological defense mechanism, it is now believed to be caused by the effects of drugs or alcohol on the brain. A 2009 article in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences states that more than 80 percent of addicted individuals fail to seek treatment on their own and that this may be due to impaired recognition of the severity of the addiction. The authors postulate that the impairment is related to malfunction of brain networks associated with self-awareness and insight. An intervention can help people dealing with addiction to see the situation more clearly.
- People struggling with addiction may not understand the effect of their addiction on their friends and family members. Even people who recognize their own addiction may think of it as a personal issue that doesn’t influence others in a significant way. An intervention is often a time when people’s eyes are opened to the many ways in which the issues they face can affect their friends and family members.
- People struggling with addiction may not know how to find treatment. Addiction can be all consuming, and people may spend large amounts of time sourcing, acquiring, and using their substances of choice. It is often difficult for people in that situation to find the time and initiative to research treatment options. If a treatment program is located and arrangements made as part of an intervention, it makes the process much easier logistically.
- The sooner that treatment is sought, the better. Addiction is a progressive condition with potentially serious consequences. Consequences can be physical, emotional, social, financial and legal. They can be long lasting or even permanent. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that incentives and sanctions from family members and others, such as those that may be presented in an intervention, can significantly increase the rates of treatment entry. They also affect the rate at which people remain in treatment and their ultimate recovery success.
- Friends and family members may need help in dealing with the issue. Although it is possible for friends and family members to hold interventions on their own, it is often wise to hire professional interventionists. Although training and experience vary, many interventionists were once counselors or social workers. They may be certified by the National Association of Drug and Alcohol Interventionists or by another organization. Interventionists not only have the training and experience necessary to manage interventions, but they can also be objective. Friends and family members often have too many strong emotions tied to the addiction issue to handle interventions successfully.
When addicted individuals have a history of violence, either to themselves or others, it is always wise to hire professional interventionists. It is also prudent to bring in professionals when people have co-existing mental health conditions. The strength of the addiction should be considered, as well as whether individuals are addicted to multiple substances. Bringing in a professional is also indicated if there has been a previous, unsuccessful intervention attempt.
- Intervention letters are something that addicted individuals can read over and over again. Having the thoughts of their family members in written form preserves them for future use. They can be used after treatment to help prevent relapse. When interventions are not successful, and addicted individuals choose not to enter treatment, the letters may help them decide to enter treatment later.
- An interventionist can help with follow-up, whether the intervention was successful or not. Interventionists vary in the services they offer, but many will monitor the progress of individuals who decide to enter treatment and help develop aftercare plans. They can help family members learn how to help their loved ones during the recovery process. If the individuals choose not to enter treatment, interventionists can help family members and friends determine how best to proceed.
If your loved one is struggling with an addiction to amphetamine or other substance, holding an intervention can help him to get his life back on track and make a full recovery.
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