Intervention has proven itself to be a totally invaluable tool for use in the convincing of those who suffer with a drug and alcohol addiction problem to hang it up and check themselves into an inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol addiction and dependence treatment center, detox facility, rehab program, and recovery organization. With proper intervention, any addict no matter how unwilling they were initially can be convinced to go to a rehab center or program. This is exactly what is needed for people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol and they need it sooner rather than later. Addiction to drugs and alcohol is something that kills over a hundred-thousand Americans every single year, and most addicts are living on borrowed time as it is.
For many, it all comes down to willingness. Addiction is actually a totally curable disease. The truth is, it is the only fatal disease that is literally one-hundred percent curable in all cases. No other disease is quite like that. However, the curability of any given addiction in any given person is also literally completely, totally, irrevocably, one-hundred percent dependent upon that person’s willingness to address it and eradicate it. As roughly ninety percent of Americans who are addicted are not willing, this is why intervention is probably the single most important aspect to drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation.
Facts about Intervention
Intervention is a highly specialized technique, and some consider it to be even an art form of its own. To convince someone who is so thoroughly set on not getting help for their addiction is a pretty impressive thing to do yet it is done hundreds of thousands of times by thousands of interventions all across the United States every single year. There is definitely a technique to it and it does qualify as a precise science, and thankfully it does exist or the addiction situation in the United States would be far worse than it is now. Truthfully, though roughly eighty to ninety percent of addicts are not willing to go to rehab and refuse to do so, intervention when performed on such individuals is actually successful ninety percent of the time when a professional is hired and when the members of the intervention act properly.
For some general data about intervention and how it is so incredibly successful:
1. Arranging the intervention for the family is actually far more difficult than getting the addict or alcoholic to accept help to begin with. Intervention is very much a family deal, and if the family is properly convened and coached than the intervention is more than half won right there.
2. Intervention statistics show it is much more challenging to get a family of 3 or more to agree to an intervention than to get an alcoholic to accept help at the intervention in the first place. So if all of the family members are totally on board and they are well trained and well prepared then the intervention really is off to a good start indeed.
3. No addict or alcoholic can actually get high or drunk using his or her own resources alone and without any help. Like fuel for a fire, addiction requires enabling behavior from others for it to continue.
4. Addicts try to establish a position of control over their family so that the family will continue to flow them help so that they can keep going on being addicts. Intervention seeks to, and does, successfully handle this and eradicate this connection of enablement.
5. Drug addicts and alcoholics want to be shown they are worthy and loved; they want to be saved, so they deep down inside are already in the right mindset for an intervention, even if they themselves don’t know it yet.
6. The absolute worst form of enabling can simply be doing nothing at all, which is the exact opposite of doing something truly beneficial like an intervention. No addict or alcoholic is truthfully going to want help unless the situation changes on the family’s part and all of the members of the family insist that they actually get help. The addict or alcoholic has to be made responsible and held accountable for the addiction and also pleaded with to go to rehab.
What Happens When Someone has More than One Addiction?
Here is where things get tricky. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the vast majority, (more than seventy-three percent in fact), of drug addicts and alcohol addicts in this country have more than one addiction. The truth is, these persons are really in a bad place when it comes to their addiction problems, and the fact is because they have multiple addictions to contend with they are just that much more difficult to rehabilitate.
However, just because an addict has multiple addictions does not mean that one should not perform an intervention on them. In fact, it makes the need for intervention just that much more important and necessary. Multiple addictions just means that person is more so controlled by the mental and physical trap that is addiction than someone who only has one addiction is. In these situations, it only requires a more significant and more well thought out intervention plan and a longer rehab program to go to to really help them. If these steps are still followed even for a long time addict, then the problem will still resolve just fine.