Drug and alcohol addiction is a hardship and an ongoing crisis like no other. Drug and alcohol addiction totally changes people, and it causes people to become quite different and quite not themselves too. Drug and alcohol addiction is a totally life controlling, traumatizing crisis issue that creates hardship and crisis in those who are affected by it. It is an engaging yet very powerful issue that only goes to show how important and how necessary it is to really do something about drug and alcohol addiction before any of the issues that abound addiction get any worse.
For a lot of people (actually or the majority of addicts) the only way to conquer addiction is to first intervene on them. The truth is that most addicts are unwilling and completely disinterested in going to a rehabilitation program. Because so many addicts are unwilling to get help, this has created the need for crisis interventions to be performed on such individuals, to get them to the point where they are ready and willing to go to rehab.
Crisis interventions for drug and alcohol abuse are now becoming more needed and necessary than they ever had been before. Studies have also shown in recent years that the current percentage of American drug and alcohol addicts who are in fact NOT willing to seek out drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation numbers as high as ninety percent and in some states is even higher. The erroneous concept that one can just, “deal with his or her addiction,” is more prevalent than it ever has been before, making the vast majority of the addicted populace feeling as though they do not need to go to rehab, and that they don’t really have a problem to begin with either.
This mentality that addicts can beat addiction on their own or that they do not have a problem is not the case and is actually far from the truth. Drug and alcohol addiction is a big problem and an even bigger crisis in a lot of different ways. This is an issue and a problem that absolutely needs to be addressed.
When an intervention Gets Violent
Drug and alcohol addiction is a harsh and possibly very dangerous issue. A lot of times, people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol will make very rash decisions and take very severe actions. It does not happen very often at all, but sometimes addicts will become violent during an intervention, and will, in fact, have some kind of outburst as a result of being intervened on. This is bad news for anyone who is in their vicinity, but it is a risk that those who want to help that person have to be willing to take.
If you feel as though there is a chance that your family member or loved one might have some kind of outburst as a result of intervening on them, then you should do whatever it is that you need to do to prepare for that. Make sure that everyone on the intervention team knows that such an outburst might occur. Make sure that you designate one or two or maybe even three or four members of the team who are willing to confront the addict and subdue them if true violence breaks out. Remember, you need to show a firm presence in the intervention and not back down just because the addict has a rush of anger and violence, but at the same time you don’t want anyone to get hurt if it can be avoided. Hope for the best, but make sure a couple people on the team are ready to deal with violence if they must.