How Can Substance Abuse Interventions Help Your Family?
If you are struggling with a loved one in active addiction, you may feel overwhelmed and powerless. Your loved one’s addiction is escalating and you are worried about his or her future. You may have mustered the courage to confront your loved one about the substance abuse, only to be met with lies and denial. Now, more than ever, you need help. Not only from finding a reliable substance abuse treatment center but to convince your loved one that treatment is the right decision for the growing addiction.
An intervention is a planned event where loved ones convey their message of love and concern to someone who is actively abusing drugs and alcohol. This event can be hosted by a loved one or an interventionist. The most effective interventions are often structured to defuse potential problems and offer quick and direct solutions when it comes to getting your addicted loved one into treatment before he or she uses again.
Unfortunately, convincing a loved one to embrace sobriety is not that easy and often drives the person to leave frustrated and looking to get high. To ensure an intervention goes well, families will look to a professional interventionist to plan, guide, and arrange for their loved one to go to drug and alcohol rehab.
Not only does an intervention offer a solution of seeking substance abuse treatment, but it also provides closure to family members. Interventions can be the first step in healing family relationships that may have been stretch thin due to the loved ones destructive behaviors in active addiction. In many ways, an intervention is the first step toward a healthy lifestyle in recovery.
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How Do I Know if my Loved One is Doing Drugs & Abusing Alcohol?
The worry and fear you may be feeling about your loved one’s drug and alcohol abuse may be keeping you up at night. Your mind may drift to the worst scenarios, fueling your suspicions of the drug she or he is using or the level of the abuse.
You may smell something suspicious, notice odd secluded behavior, see him or her becoming too aggressive or defensive over simple questions about the day, overindulging in alcohol too often. You should trust your instinct.
You know your loved one better than anyone, and if you believe he or she is suffering from drug or alcohol abuse, you may be up late at night feeling as though you can’t do anything to help.
In general, drugs and alcohol are an outlet. Whether it is a self-medicating coping mechanism, or a need to fit in or let loose; noticing these changes in his or her life is a good indicator that he or she could be abusing drugs for a reason.
Other key indicators of excessive drug & alcohol abuse are secretive behavior, hiding phones, short or snippy answers to questions about daily activities, and withholding information regarding plans or lying about his or her whereabouts or social circle.
Drug-seeking behaviors like stealing or sneaking around, or physical changes like needle marks and/or bloodshot eyes can be key indicators of your loved one abusing mind-altering substances. If your gut is telling you something is off, trust yourself.
What Do I Do Next? Do I Need an Intervention?
You may have confronted your loved one about their drug or Alcohol abuse, only to be met with lies and denial. Their denial and anger may have left you feeling overwhelmed and powerless. If so, you should seriously consider using an intervention.
An intervention is a planned event where loved ones convey their message of love and concern to someone who is actively abusing drugs and alcohol. The most effective interventions are often structured to defuse potential problems and offer quick and direct solutions when it comes to helping the addict receive help. This event can be hosted by a loved one or by a professional interventionist.
An interventionist is an intervention specialist that is trained to defuse the potential for aggression and remind your loved one that you are worried about him or her. It’s not a time to blame on your loved one for walking this dangerous path of addiction. Unfortunately, convincing a loved one to embrace sobriety is not that easy; when confronted, some may leave frustrated and upset, which can cause them to run to drugs or alcohol.
To ensure an intervention goes well, families will look to an intervention specialist to help them plan, guide, and arrange for their loved ones to go to a drug and alcohol rehab that is reputable, effective, and worth investing in. Check out ABTRS’ 7 Step Guide to Hosting an Intervention to help your loved one see their substance abuse problem for what it is.
An intervention not only offers a solution of seeking substance abuse treatment, but it also provides closure to family members. It can be the first step in healing family relationships that may have been stretched thin due to the escalated abuse. In many ways, an intervention is the first step toward a healthy lifestyle in recovery.
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According to a study conducted in 2011, nearly 23 million people are in need of treatment for chemical dependency.
Why Can’t my Loved One Just Stop Abusing Drugs & Alcohol?
When experimentation with a substance becomes an addiction, your loved one cannot just stop all of a sudden. When your brain becomes dependent on a substance, the chemical composition changes, forcing the body to need the substance just to operate on a normal level. When someone stops all of a sudden, it leaves the body vulnerable to dangerous side effects.
If someone stops using cold turkey, the absence of the drug can cause him or her to go into withdrawals. This means he or she can have hallucinations, nausea, vomiting, and intense seizures. Depending on the drug of choice, he or she may become suicidal due to the disrupted brain chemistry. Sweating, shivers, and convulsions could cause him or her to do anything to get the drug, and organ failure can occur depending on the drug of choice.
This bodily function breakdown has made the strongest of people cave in and give their addicted loved ones cash to calm the withdrawal symptoms. No one wants to, or likes to, see their loved one suffer. Many struggle with withdrawals and each time they cave in, it makes the next time harder to get clean and sober. The fear of the pain from withdrawals will keep many people abusing drugs and alcohol; a part of them feels defeated and hopeless, no matter their efforts.
This is why we highly encourage going into a medical detox center, rehabs that have a detox facility, or a hospitalized detox. We also recommend watching the video that talks about the addicted brain to get a better understanding of everything.
Learning Treatment Options: Stepping up to Save Their Life
Healing the whole person and not just the addiction should be the main goal when investing in long-lasting treatment. With relapse rates so high, having comprehensive treatment changes the person’s perspective on turning to drugs to solve his or her problems.
Having professionals evaluate patients addictions ensures they are receiving the proper treatment. A Better Today Recovery Services believes this level of care must be life-changing and individualized.
Having options like inpatient and intensive outpatient program (IOP) is important, because each person’s experience with addiction is different. A Better Today Recovery Services understands that considering and investing in substance abuse treatment is not cheap.
That is why we want to help you find care that ensures the level of care is an investment that encourages long lasting recovery. Whether you choose an inpatient program or an outpatient program, the important thing is that your loved one gets the help they need.
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After a 90-day treatment program, patients were 129% more likely to be entirely abstinent from intoxicants.
Investing in Long-Lasting Treatment or Their Growing Addiction Problem: Who is Really Paying for the Drugs & Booze?
No one wants to grow up to be addicted to drugs or alcohol. Experimentation with drugs and alcohol starts as a recreational thing with recreational funds. Partying with cocaine, hanging out and smoking marijuana with friends, popping adderall to cram for a final exam, and the college growing pains of binge drinking. At some point these experiments can cross that line and become an addiction, these scenarios are what keep a loved one up at night.
It only makes you think, who is really paying for their growing addiction and how long before you really notice the effect before it is out of control?
Are they spending all their recreational money on drugs and bottles of booze?
Has their experimenting with mind-altering substances now taking up most of their paycheck?
Or as a loved one, are you really paying for their drugs and alcohol and not really knowing it?
And in some cases, how long before they start stealing, dealing, or struggling to keep up with their cravings?
Watching your loved one go down this path of addiction is painstakingly difficult and costly. A Better Today Recovery Services understands the difficult choices you have to make when watching your loved one spiral out of control. Financing and affording quality treatment should not be one of those difficult decisions you have to make.
Your Options for Financing Substance Abuse Treatment
When you finally had enough of the torment that comes with substance abuse, getting your loved one the resources he or she needs for long-lasting recovery should not be what stops him or her from getting their life back. That is what A Better Today Recovery Services believes and we are willing to help you as much as possible because what we are really talking about is saving a life.
When paying for drug and alcohol treatment, you have options. Substance abuse treatment is an investment in a better future for your loved one. Take action now before the drug-seeking behavior of substance abuse takes more control of his or her life.
Not many people really know what is covered and what is not because the insurance policies that people sign up for are often confusing or littered with medical jargon. A Better Today Recovery Services is happy to tell you that substance abuse is covered by most medical insurance plans.
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008 states that group health plans and health insurance companies must provide the same level of benefits for mental and substance abuse treatment services that they do for medical and surgical care. The Affordable Care Act expands the MHPAEA’s requirements by guaranteeing that qualified plans cover many behavioral health services and treatments.
Coverage of Most Substance Abuse Treatment Insurance Plans:
Residential Treatment Care (RTC): Medical, Clinical/Therapy, Room & Board
Partially Hospitalization Plan (PHP): Continued Medical, Clinical/Therapy
Intensive Outpatient (IOP): Medical, Clinical/Therapy
Saving lives and healing families: that is the foundation that A Better Today Recovery Services is built upon. We are talking about second chances at a fulfilling life. We are talking about people, neighbors, friends, or family struggling with a disease that only gets worse with neglect. We are talking about lives that once had purpose and ambition. With A Better Today, there will always be a way to find effective treatment that is right for you.
With the right budgeting and support from family and our addiction specialists, we can find a way for your loved one to get clean and start living their life again. No one should have to spend his or her lifetime feeding an addiction. Talk to one of our addiction specialists to explore all the options for long-lasting recovery.
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Support Groups for Family Members Who are Struggling with an Addicted Loved One
Nothing is more difficult than watching a loved one spiral downwards as a result of addiction. The frustration and pain can be almost too much to bear. For the family members of someone stuck in the devastating cycle of substance abuse, the future can seem bleak.
You are not alone. Many people struggle with addiction and for each addicted person, there is an entire family that may be enduring their own struggle. 12-step programs have chapters that cater specifically to the friends and family members of those struggling with substance abuse.
Al-anon, Nar-anon, and others all center around helping family members and friends cope with the dysfunction and pain of addiction in a loved one. These support groups teach members such invaluable lessons as healthy coping skills, boundaries, how to avoid enabling behaviors and other things that prevent the drama and hurtful nature of addiction from spreading throughout the family.
Talking to others who are going through the same turmoil that you are can make an enormous difference. Knowing that you are not alone always helps alleviate the burden. Here at ABTRS, we understand how difficult it can be to have a loved one who struggles with substance abuse. That is why we also provide services and information to friends and family members – to ensure that all recover from the traumas of the past.
Independent Living Program for Your Loved One in Recovery
If you have a loved one who has struggled with addiction or alcoholism for some time now you will understand the heartache and pain. Just because your loved one goes to treatment does not mean that they are cured. Having an addiction is something that continues for a person’s lifetime. But thankfully it is a manageable disease with the right treatment and foundation for a living.
The Independent Living Program allows the family to set boundaries that are important for your loved one to be successful in recovery. Having healthy boundaries often looks like taking the time to heal and grow individually without the family by their side. Not only does this allow the addicted loved one to heal it also gives the family members time to heal and seek any help that they may need.
Independent Living is for our graduating person in recovery from addiction. Once the person finishes our program here, then he or she can move on to the Independent Living Program. To help your loved one truly thrive in recovery, encourage Independent Living away from family.
As a family, we often feel afraid of losing our addicted loved ones. So we want to be by their side, but this is not always helpful. Our network can help your loved one build confidence in his or her ability to stay sober and recover successfully.
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Saving Your Loved One’s Life Starts with Reliable Resources
Realizing that your loved one has a drug or alcohol abuse problem is nerve wrecking. When put in that situation, people tend to feel powerless to help their addicted loved one and the only way to help them is through learning. Knowledge is power and when it comes to substance abuse treatment, the only power we have over their need for their drug is to educate them.
Getting knowledge from reputable sources that are unbiased and proven to be effective in the scientific or psychology community is vital. A Better Today Recovery Services takes pride in offering knowledge from reliable sources that are up to date and relevant in helping you convince your loved one they need to get clean in rehab. Checkout the list below to learn more about where ABTRS got their information.
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Brief Interventions and Brief Therapies for Substance Abuse. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 34. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 12- 3952. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1999.
NIDA. (2018, January 17). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition). Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition on 2019, February 12