Addiction is a disease that is both chronic—lasting a lifetime—and progressive—worsening over time. 12-Step recovery literature says that if addiction is not arrested, it is “invariably fatal.” That is not an exaggeration.
This means that if someone you care about is struggling with a substance abuse disorder such as drug addiction or alcoholism, you need to do whatever it takes to help them – or even compel them – to seek professional help.
One of the best ways to get through to a person in active addiction is to stage a professionally-supervised intervention, bringing together friends and family members to confront the addict with the impact that the disease is having on all of their lives and the consequences that continued drinking and drugging will bring about.
Usually, this loving confrontation, coupled with the fact that a professional has become involved, prompts the substance abuser to accept help, in the form of drug and alcohol detox and rehab.
The best time to start treatment is always RIGHT NOW, because tomorrow really may be too late. In the recent death of the musical superstar Prince, his “inner circle” had become alarmed about his erratic behavior and had contacted a renowned addiction specialist, and an intervention was planned for April 22 – the day after Prince died.
What can the rest of us learn from this?
If you have a loved one struggling with substance abuse, time is of the essence. Make the call today and get the help of a trained professional interventionist, so treatment can begin immediately.
If your loved one is ready to start treatment, Lasting Recovery can provide the best outpatient drug and alcohol in San Diego, with evidence-based, total-wellness-focused treatment that lays the foundation for continued sobriety.