Drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse, in general, is a problematic and worrisome issue in the nation with more than twenty-five million Americans who are addicted to these substances. These issues and these crisis problems extend further and further into all different demographics, age ranges, income levels, races, ethnic backgrounds, geographic areas, sexes, and cultures. Now more than ever, these are real problems and crisis issues the likes of which have never been seen before.
Multiple different organizations got together in the last few years and worked to shine some light on these issues and problems. Organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Trust for American Health (TAH), all studied the crisis and discovered this key fact:
“In the twenty-five million Americans who regularly use and abuse drugs and alcohol and who are addicted to such substances, no less than eighty-nine percent of them are unwilling to seek help for their addiction and do not feel as though they have a problem. At any given time, only eleven percent of those addicted to drugs or alcohol actually want to beat their habits and want to do something about their crisis issues.”
What does this mean? This means that nine out of ten addicts do not want help. This means that nine out of ten addicts do not feel as though they need assistance. This means that nine out of ten addicts do not want to go to rehab. This means that nine out of ten addicts do not feel as though any outside assistance is needed to beat addiction. This means that nine out of ten addicts want to be left alone to abuse drugs and alcohol until the day comes (if it ever comes) when they feel as though they can beat this crisis on their own.
The Need and the Importance of Intervention
What the above research data means is that nine out of ten addicts will need to be intervened on before they can be rehabilitated from their addiction problem and crisis. To intervene simply means:
“To come between two meeting things. To place something in between two items that meet to prevent them from meeting. As pertains to addiction, to literally force oneself between the addict and his or her substance of choice.”
Nine out of ten addicts need intervention to convince them to go to rehab, and nine out of ten addicts will not go to rehab unless they experience an intervention that actually convinces them to go to rehab. This means that intervention is now more important than ever for those who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse in general. Addiction is very real and very deadly, so the sheer need of intervention is very, very real. When an addict is intervened on, his or her family members and loved ones and friends all come together to wake the addict up to where his or her life is going and the sheer need for the addict to snap out of it, recognize just how terrible one’s life is getting, and do something about it by getting into a rehab center or program.
Why a Professional Interventionist is Recommended
Now more than ever the need for professional interventionists is needed and necessary. Why? The simplest answer is that interventions that are performed on an addict that do not include a professional interventionist are far more often a failure than a success. Sadly, this really is the truth of the matter. Interventions that do not include a professional will probably not work. Interventions that do include a professional interventionist usually do work. It’s as simple as that.
Professional interventionists have the experience and the skill and the education needed and necessary to really work closely and carefully with the members of the intervention team to actually convince an addict to quit the habit and hang it up and seek out rehabilitation. Now more than ever this is needed and wanted for those who suffer from addiction because professionals can triple and even quadruple a family’s chance of success.