The sad truth of the matter is that drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse issues, in general, are getting progressively worse and worse as the years go by with no signs or indications of them getting any better any time soon either. The problems are major and severe, to say the least, and they show no signs of dropping down.
The worst part when it comes to it is drug and alcohol abuse amongst young adults and teens and adolescents. This is now without a doubt the most at-risk demographic for youth substance abuse. This demographic suffers the most without a doubt from drug and alcohol abuse in this country today. Young adults, teens, adolescents, even children, within the age range of 13 to 25, are the most at risk age range by far for substance abuse. This is the age range that experiences the most deaths because of drug and alcohol addiction. This is the age range that gets hurt the most because of drug and alcohol abuse. This is the age range that gets in accidents and that hurts others the most though violence, crimes, theft, car crashes, family upsets, and other issues.
With the young adults of this country suffering as much as they have been from drug and alcohol addiction, it never before has been as important as it is now for such individuals to get the help that they need for their addictions. For them, it has never been as important as it is now for such individuals to get the assistance and the intervention and the rehabilitation that they need to be able to live a life that is free from substance abuse and addiction issues and problems.
Types of Intervention that Can be Used to help Young Addicts
The sad but very real truth of the matter is that crisis interventions for drug and alcohol abuse are now becoming more needed and necessary than ever before. Studies have shown to us in recent years that the current percentage of American drug and alcohol addicts who are NOT willing to seek out drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation numbers as high as ninety percent or even more than that in some states. The concept (especially amongst young adults) that one can just, “deal with his or her addiction,” is more prevalent than it ever was before, making the vast majority of the addicted populace feel as though they do not need to go to rehab, and that they don’t really have a problem, to begin with, either.
Luckily, intervention is very useful and very effective at getting people to rid themselves of their addiction habits and throw in the towel on the various problems and issues that they face with drug and alcohol addiction. Listed below are four models of addiction intervention that work especially well with young adults, adolescents, and teens:
- The Love First Model. This method of intervention focuses on the care and the compassion that is delivered to the addict, and the fact that everyone there loves him or her and wants him or her to beat their addiction problem.
- The Responsibility Model. This approach is also great. It focuses on getting the addict to see his or her effect on the other family members and loved ones, and what their addiction is doing to the people around them.
- The Fear of Worsening Model. This approach is all about the future. This approach engages the addict in a very clear picture and idea of where the future is going and how things are going to look for the addict in a few years or even just a few months.
- The Firm Model. Also known as the tough love intervention, this approach really gets the idea across to the addict that no one will enable him or her and that he or she will not have any more help from the family if they don’t go to rehab.
All in all, these are the best approaches to intervention for struggling addicts who are young. With these methods, anyone can beat addiction once and for all and for good.