With addiction being as common and as upsetting and as heartbreaking as it is today, people are always looking for ways to get an edge on substance abuse and how to address it. What this means is that, because drug and alcohol addiction is so difficult to address, people are usually looking for every single angle that they can get to find a way to get rid of substance abuse in their loved ones.
Without a doubt, the single most effective way to take the first step towards getting somebody to stop abusing drugs and alcohol is to perform types of addiction interventions to get them to see that they actually do have a problem. By this is meant that the simple process of confronting the individual, and getting them to see that they most definitely have an addiction and that they need to do something about it. This is the nature and the primary purpose of any intervention process.
Interventions are truly helpful because they accomplish the one thing that drug and alcohol users have the most trouble with, which is getting them to realize that they actually do have a drug problem and that they actually do need to do something about it. When this is done, individuals who were completely unwilling to go to rehab will suddenly be more than willing to engage in any kind of treatment approach that will help them.
The Arise Model of Intervention
A lot of times, interventions can get very complicated and confusing. This happens when there is a lot of emotion, and tempers run high which they often do on the subject of addiction.
When you take it back to the basics so to speak, you can go over the fundamental, rudimentary aspects to addiction then it makes everything a lot more clear and a lot more easily understandable for all involved. When you do this, people tend to get a little bit more focused, and we have a better understanding of why it really is so important that the individual in question goes to rehab. The points below in bullet points are a few quick things that should be discussed in an intervention that all have to do with defining addiction:
- First and foremost, a basic, rudimentary discussion should be had on the actual definition of what it means to be addicted to drugs and alcohol. This by itself will often open the mind of the person who is being intervened upon, especially on the subject of how you cannot do anything about your addiction without professional help, as that is part of the definition.
- Next up, going over all of the different ways that addiction has affected the life of your loved one will also further define exactly what addiction is and how terrible it is.
- Next, go over how addiction has affected the lives of the family members and loved ones of the individual, and show how that directly correlates to the horrendous and horrific affliction that is addiction.
- Next up, extrapolate a view into the future, and correlate that addiction does not go away and without professional help, it only gets worse, which is another part of the definition of addiction, and relate it back to a glimpse of what the addicted individual’s future will look like, if they do not get help.
These points really put things into perspective for everyone involved, including the addict. There is a lot of help and a lot of validity in taking things back to the basics when performing an addiction intervention. Utilize this in your intervention, and really make it clear to the addict exactly what they are dealing with.