Drug abuse and addiction continue to be a growing problem in the United States. Millions are affected by this issue, yet it seems as though most do not understand addiction or how to handle the problem. Given the opportunity to really look at the drug situation around local communities, the majority of Americans would be surprised at the great number of abuse problems that are close to home. If you or someone you know is suffering from a drug abuse or addiction problem, then you understand the trauma and depression that it can cause. Watching someone struggle with substance abuse and/or addiction is difficult. They become a shell of themselves that is visibly in a struggle.
Interventions, such as a Family First Intervention, are useful tools for getting an addict to see the damage they are causing themselves and those around. These are also powerful weapons in convincing the individual to accept professional help for their addiction. Once an addict accepts help and is taken to a treatment facility the stress and fight for help is over, right? No, it is just one more step in the right direction. Different sources and professionals believe in different systems of substance abuse and addiction treatment. No matter the source of information, entering treatment is just the first step in overcoming an addiction. Some believe that the job of an intervention, and all those involved, is not over until a year of sobriety. The truth is that the job of those in an intervention is never truly over.
All those involved in an intervention are those who are close to the addict. They are the friends and family that are closest with that individual and care enough to get involved. These people will make up the support network that is necessary to the long-term sobriety of the individual. Addiction is powerful and requires serious effort and commitment to overcome. Recovering addicts must continue to grow as a sober person to ensure they do not slip into relapse. Part of the treatment process will include the development of a support network that the recovering addict can rely on in times of need. This network is a vital part of the recovery process. Treatment is difficult and returning to society after treatment can be even harder. The support of family and friends can make these transitions much more manageable. Feeling the love and support of friends and family can drastically help a recovering addict continue their path to sobriety and help them maintain it after rehab. The individuals who participated in the intervention should continue to be a part of the recovery process, so the recovering addict can feel the love and support of those around them. This support is a great motivator in their struggle to fight addiction.
After the Intervention
After the intervention, there are many things that those involved can do. It may seem frustrating at times to continue to provide support for an addict who is struggling with addiction and sometimes is unwilling to accept help, but it is essential. Drugs continue to cloud the mind and destroy the body, which is why addicts can turn into completely different people. Family and friends should continue to be involved in the rehab process to help the recovering addict be positive and focus on their recovery. The intervention team should have a plan ready for situations where the recovering addict relapses, wants to leave treatment and while they are in treatment. The more prepared they are, the better equipped to handle the recovery. Intervention does not end when a loved one enters treatment; it is just one step closer to the goal.