“Having to hit rock bottom and become desperate because of denial is risky and unnecessary. The earlier in life we address drug use and dependence, the more of a productive life we have… Although a crisis can help, it isn’t necessary for things to be at an absolute worst before getting help.”
~ Dr. Michael J. Kuhar, PhD, a neuroscientist and author of The Addicted Brain: Why We Abuse Drugs, Alcohol, and Nicotine
It is the goal of every San Diego outpatient addiction rehab program to provide services to suffering substance abusers and their families to help those addicted individuals in their efforts to regain their sobriety.
But treatment doesn’t begin until the person with the substance abuse disorder agrees to accept help for their disease. Often, taking those first steps – admitting that there is a problem and asking for help – are the most difficult.
Most often, a person enters addiction recovery in San Diego somewhat unwillingly. Sometimes, they are there by order of the Court, but most often, they were motivated to start treatment by the words and actions of their loved ones – their friends and family members.
The most common way that a substance abuser is positively influenced by their family is by way of a professionally-directed intervention.
What Is an Intervention?
An intervention is a carefully-structured and well-planned process where a substance abuser is confronted by their family about their disease of addiction and about the urgent need to begin treatment.
This confrontation is done in a loving, but firm manner, in order to let the sufferer know that they are still loved and supported by all in attendance, but their continued drinking and/or drugging is unacceptable and will carry consequences.
Although the main goal is to compel the substance abuser to start treatment, the secondary goal is to allow the family members to “reclaim” their own lives. Instead of continually focusing upon the addict and their problems, loved ones can focus upon themselves, their own obligations, and the welfare of the rest of the family.
Why Intervene – Why Not Wait for the Substance Abuser to Ask for Help?
There is a long-held school of thought that a person with a drug or alcohol problem needs to voluntarily ask for help – that they must hit “rock bottom” in order to have the personal motivation to change.
Although that may work for some, there are problems with that line of thinking –
- Everyone has a different “rock bottom”.
- It can take years, or even decades for a person to reach their bottom. In the meantime, everyone suffers.
- While waiting for a person to reach their particular bottom, everyone concerned can suffer unimaginable losses – financial setbacks, emotional trauma, physical abuse, divorce, or even death.
But the biggest problem with waiting around for a suffering substance abuser to come forward after they have endured some crushing blow that leaves them with no other option besides asking for help is the fact that treatment begins from a place of negativity.
There is a better way.
In Part 2, we will discuss how positivity can influence the active substance abuser before, during, and after they begin treatment at a San Diego addiction recovery facility.
A person who has a substance abuse disorder needs compassion and comprehensive specialized care that addresses their disease on multiple levels. Lasting Recovery, the leading outpatient rehab San Diego has to offer, offers just such a program. If you are tired of the pain, shame, and negativity associated with substance abuse, contact one of our intake specialists today.