Archive for the 'Intervention' Category

03 17th, 2008

The decision to conduct a crisis intervention is the most important one you’ll ever make. If someone you care about is a victim of addiction, you don’t need to be told what’s at stake. You know that substance abuse ruins lives, and wrecks families, and turns individuals into shells of their former selves. The good news is that substance abuse treatment can fix all that…but only if addicts are willing to give it a chance. More often than not, that willingness begins with a successful crisis intervention. In the end, nothing could ever be more important.

An effective intervention is the one that helps an addict recognize the truth about his condition in a warm, supportive environment. A crisis intervention isn’t the place for reproach or recrimination. If the addict you care about is going to seek treatment, it’s going to be because you make him feel loved. That’s why the intervention services offered by private rehab centers are so important. A professional intervention specialist can help you marshal your emotions as you approach the intervention process, and deliver your message as it has to be delivered. Please, for the sake of the addict you care about, don’t wait another to seek the help you need.

11 7th, 2007

I think that ideally we should divert a massive influx of dollars into both drug treatment programs and drug addiction treatment research, but since I don’t think that this is likely to occur lacking enormous political will; we should instead concentrate on increasing spending into addictions research. We need to develop better pharmacological and treatment interventions, and once we do have something more concrete to offer, something that does increase the recovery rates per individual drug treatment center visit, then I feel that the political motivation to fund needed drug abuse treatment programming will materialize.

So get out the pen and paper, and if you’ve been touched by addiction either yourself or through the pains of a loved one, empathize with those that still need help, and let your State and Federal elected officials know that the funding of drug treatment centers research is important to you.

How many more billions are spent in the development of hair loss, and erectile dysfunction medications than in all addictions research combined? Not that government funded Viagra trials…but still, it’s funny how our priorities can get so distorted.

08 13th, 2007

An intervention is kind of like a surprise party that really isn’t a party, but it is a surprise. It’s simple really. It’s called an intervention because you’re intervening in a person’s regular routine of drug use and drug abuse by setting up a surprise pow-wow of their closest friends and family. When the drug addict or alcoholic walks into the room, the trap is sprung and they are not aloud to leave. They are then sat down and everybody gets a chance to regale the addict or alcoholic with their rendition of how the addiction is affecting the family and them as individuals. It is a strange way to get through to a person, but it can be effective at times. The party is usually led by a mediator of some kind. Many times it’s a counselor who has dealt with the problems before. Oh yeah, I almost forgot the most important part. The family members and friends get to give the addict or alcoholic an ultimatum that states what action they are willing to take should the addict or alcoholic not seek help for their sickness. It seems archaic, but the fact of the matter is that it worked for me. It has worked for thousands of people and it could work for someone you know. Don’t be afraid to try.

Tell me this isn’t happening. No way this is happening to me. I mean, come on. Is this really going on? The gang’s all here. Mom, Dad, Cindy and John…the whole family is present and accounted for. They even brought along some dufus that I don’t recognize. From the look of things, he could actually be the counselor. Yep, it’s happening. It’s all about to go down. This little gathering ain’t just a family get together. It’s an intervention. Holy crap!

I remember all the thoughts that flew through my head at that moment. Those were just a few of them. Boy, what a day that turned out to be. To say the least, it sucked. Oh yeah, that has to be one of my least favorite chapters in my life’s story. I’ve been through some tough times, but that day definitely takes the cake. I guess it sucked so much because it was an intervention, but it also sucked because I didn’t know that my drug addiction was that bad until that day. I had an idea but never did I think it would ever get that bad. I guess I had even fooled myself into thinking that I had everything under control. Joke’s on me, right?

Oh well, it didn’t take long after enduring that grueling day for me to finally do the right thing and get help. It was hard sticking to the regiment of my drug treatment, but I did it. That’s right, I did it. Now when I look back, three sober years later, I always thank God for my family and how much they care. Man, am I lucky.