How Can You Tell If Your Loved One Has a Problem With Drugs or Alcohol?
Even though drug addiction and alcoholism seek to go undetected there are usually signs that accompany the onset of these diseases. These signs are fairly straightforward and easy to spot if you know what you are looking for and once you begin seeing these signs, it’s important to track how long they take place for. Sometimes, people will show signs of issues for a few days, but that could be normal. Extended symptoms could mean drugs or alcohol are a factor in your loved one’s current state.
Some symptoms of drug or alcohol abuse include:
These, of course, are only just some of the more obvious signs of a drug or alcohol addiction. It’s important to note that these symptoms can sometimes be caused by other problems in a person’s life, but either way an intervention could help the person talk about what’s wrong and allow others to give him or her the help needed.
How Does an Intervention Work?
Interventions begin by contacting the rehabilitation facility you want your family member or friend to go to. There, an interventionist, a specialist in the field, can help you with professional guidance on the situation. The reality is that you can’t force a person to get help; doing so is illegal, except for in the case of minors. By taking the time to speak with an interventionist, you can make a plan for the most effective intervention, so your loved one is more likely to accept the help being given.
Before the intervention, you and everyone else will be asked to write down things like what you’re prepared to do or not do for the addict if he or she goes into treatment. For instance, if you won’t support the person anymore financially if he doesn’t seek treatment, it’s important that you make that clear. It is also important that you make clear where you stand on these issues and then actually back them up. Empty threats are an addict’s playground and not maintaining boundaries after an intervention, could possibly undo the good that was done.
On the day of the intervention, the person will come to wherever the intervention is going to be staged. Then, you and others will read premade letters or speak candidly about the situation. Interventions should not be confrontational, because you need to be supportive and understanding, yet firm.
Finally, if the addicted person decides to accept treatment, it’s time for the interventionist to step in. If the person says yes, the interventionist can transport the individual to the treatment facility and begin the detoxification and rehabilitation process.
What Your Loved One Can Expect From Treatment
Going to a drug or alcoholic treatment center can be a frightening and anxiety producing experience. This however is not because there is anything to be frightened of at the center, but because a person entering into rehab is in a sense leaving behind one way of life, a way of life that they are intimately acquainted with, for a new life that is unknown.
This being said, there is a good possibility that your loved one may become emotionally charged before entering into rehab. They may become fearful and start to talk of backing out. They may talk about how they do not want to experience withdrawal symptoms or leave their old friends behind, and while this may seem concerning at the time, it is a normal and typical reaction.
Leaving behind all that you know for something that you do not know is enough to make anyone pause their step, so it is important to be supportive and firm with your loved one and to help them truly see that they need to seek help.
Going to rehab can and actually is a fairly fun experience once the initial withdrawal symptoms are over, but even dealing with withdrawals is made infinitely easier by entering into a treatment center.
In treatment you will not only finally clear your mind and body of all mind and mood altering substances, but you will also be given the opportunity to begin to process your addictions and what may have lead you to the point you currently are at.
You will also probably make a great deal of friends while you are in treatment, which makes the transition into a life of recovery a lot easier and you will find that these friends start to feel like family after a short period of time. This is to be expected, due to the open and honest nature of most people at the treatment center and the fact that you are sharing with them in the road to recovery.
Treatment is a chance at a new beginning and at Elevations Health Austin, we are able to give you all of the coping mechanism and tools necessary in order for you to maintain your recovery long after you have finished our program.
So if you are getting ready to send a loved one to a treatment center, or you yourself are about to enter into a treatment program, do not worry or be afraid. Think of it as a much needed time out from your life. A time out that will mean in the long term, a better, more productive life. One that is free from drugs and alcohol and one that will result in you having better relationships with the people you love.
Finding Treatment After An Intervention
If you think that you, or a loved one may have a problem with drugs or alcohol and you believe that you need a drug or alcohol treatment program then call the professionals at Elevations Health Austin today, at 1-866-200-3224. Our trained staff is standing by to help you through the recovery process and to give you the tools you need in order to discover and maintain a life of recovery.