There are few things more painful in life than watching a loved one ruin his or her life due to drugs and/or alcohol. The ironic thing is; if we let it, it can ruin our lives as well. We want to do what is best for our loved one. Chances are, they do not even admit they have a problem. It is part of the addiction and it is called denial. Everyone else in the world can see the problem but they can’t. Even if they can (and sometimes they do) they cannot bring themselves to admit it or get help.
It was once thought that an alcoholic or drug addict had to ask for the help in order to get it. In some ways, that may be true but there is something called intervention that may help speed up that process. It should be noted that intervention should not be done without contacting a professional at a rehab center. Not only can they give you the details, but they can actually be a part of the intervention as well. They can give you advice and counseling along the way.
In order to get someone to go to rehab, they have to realize they need it. In the case of intervention, the family and friends of the addict or alcoholic get together with them and let them know that they will no longer enable them, cover up for them, supply for them or pretend there is no problem. This all sounds very easy but actually living up to the threats is the hard part. The addict/alcoholic will try anything and everything to get you to break down. As a group, you must be strong, and individually you must be strong. This is where the professional can help. If at any time the addict should threaten suicide, call the authorities. Do not play that game with them.
At the same time, try to accentuate the positive. Try to talk to them about how good life will be once they are drug-free. You yourself must remain positive too. Remember you are doing this not only for their own good, but yours, and everyone who cares about them. Eventually they must realize that theIS a problem and they need help for it. Do not let them drag you down in the process of hitting that point, though. Helping someone to realize they need help isn’t easy. Sometimes it means leaving them out on the sidewalk in their own sick. Sometimes it means listening to them rant and rave. If it ever gets violent, call the authorities. Suicide threats and violence should never be tolerated.
Intervention works in 95% of the cases where it is implemented. It may not be easy, but it is worth it in the long run. Contact a professional at a drug rehab center and find out about intervention. Get your strategy going and get everyone on board. It’s all for a good cause.