An addiction refers to an excessive use of a substance that turns into a habit, making it hard for the user to be in charge of its use. Types of addiction include alcoholism, addiction to marijuana, heroin or many other substances.
Addiction is a serious issue that affects many people in the United States of America, from the elderly, to school-going children, the working class, business executives and even the youth, who are the future of the country. Addiction to drugs costs the US federal government billions of dollars annually in arrests and incarceration of drug dealers as well as in lost working time.
There is help available all over the country for all forms of addiction. However, every so often people tend to either ignore the effects of addiction or deny that there is a disease and so fail to get treated for it.
The longer the addiction persists, the more likely the addict will suffer grave consequences. Some of the negative effects of substance addiction include broken families, poor financial management, deterioration in the health of the addict and even death if the problem is allowed to become uncontrollable.
That is why it often becomes the responsibility of the family members, work colleagues, friends and employers of addicts to find a solution for them. This is called intervention.
Intervention processes are very hard for any family to take on, but they may be essential on the road to recovery from addiction. These procedures have been known to help addicts understand how their problems affect the other members of the family and therefore make them more open to accepting treatment.
How a Professional Intervention Works
The main purpose of any intervention is to make the addicted person agree to go for treatment for his or her drug addiction. It is generally taken as the final resort in beating addiction.
When planning for an intervention process, the first thing to do is to engage a very good alcohol or drug addiction therapist to supervise the entire course of action.
Once the specialist has been retained, he or she will gather all the basic information regarding the drug dependence and tell the family members the best type of treatment for the individual addict’s condition. An intervention panel will then be formed to take part in the process. It must be ensured that the members of this committee are very close to the addict so as to convince him or her to get treatment. After its formation, the intervention committee will then hold several meetings to determine how best to tell their loved one to go for treatment.
During the actual face-to-face meeting with the addict, the members of the panel will make their own appeal to the addict to show that treatment is the only option. The final speaker should be the one who is considered closest to the addict.
The counselor will then have a discussion with the addict, describing all the treatment alternatives. If the addict is persuaded and agrees, he or she should be driven immediately to a rehabilitation center for treatment.
The counselor will keep an eye on the patient until full recovery is attained and continue to provide counseling support to ensure that a relapse into addiction does not occur.