Orange County, CA – A person gripped by addiction will not see the need for drug rehab or entering into some type of drug addiction rehab program. They do not necessarily have the same reality about their addiction that non-addicts might.
An addicted person in the need for rehab will encounter added pressure, which forces them to make an actual decision about whether to seek help or continue to use. Pending legal charges that can rapidly lead to imprisonment, the threat of divorce or loss of employment are all potential scenarios where a person has enough pressure to fight the addiction and seek help. Although any one in particular may not work in your situation, there are pressures that can come to bear which will help motivate the addict into a decision to demand improvement.
The fact remains that an addict will only seek help when some one or some thing pushes him out of his “ addiction comfort zone” and forces him into a decision. Addicts need access to money, a place to live or friends who support his drug or alcohol abuse. This is very important to understand and will be critical in any attempt with intervention.
What Is Truly Ruining The Addict?
The addicted person has most often suffered from a devastating event, such as a loss or an injury. One example is a person that has lost his best friends due to his addiction. Another example is a person losing his wife and child over drug abuse. A family member can look at an addict’s life and see hundreds of reasons why they should quit using. But unfortunately these reasons are not obvious to the addict. These are important to identify because they can be used during the intervention to remind the addict why they must seek help and enter into a drug rehab program.
Who Should Help with The Intervention?
One of the major considerations involving intervention is selecting who will be there. This matter should be well thought out before hand. The number of people there is less important than who is there. If at all possible, the person in the family whom the addict respects and loves the most should be there. This person is an opinion leader for the addict. It is vital that this person be fully supportive of getting the person help and fully grooved in about the actual agenda.
As many family members as possible should be there as long as each and every one are completely in agreement about the fact that the person needs help and are supportive of the general agenda. If someone in the family is antagonistic toward the addict and is not capable of restraining from arguments and blame, then you might consider leaving them out. Although the addict has many enemies and has done wrong to most of the family, arguments and grudges will not benefit the cause of getting the addict to seek treatment. In fact, these will usually result in stopping this from happening because the focus of attention gets placed on the argument and not on the matters at hand.
Why Hire a Professional Interventionist?
Many people hire professional intervention counselors to run the intervention. This is highly advisable in many situations but not a necessity always. This depends largely on individual circumstances. For instance, does the person have a desire for help, or does the person deny completely any drug use? Many factors need to be considered intensely before bringing in an outside person. You may want to seek help in establishing whether this is necessary.
When Is The Right Time To Initiate Action?
When does the intervention take place? Ideally, this has less to do with the family schedule and more to do with what’s going on in the addict’s life. The optimum time for an intervention is just after a major event. Such an event would be if they were arrested, or when he/she has wronged (gambling, theft, stealing, cheating, etc.) a family member and shows remorse or guilt. Another would be spouse leaving. Yet another would be after an overdose. Although you obviously don’t want to risk the addict’s life by postponing until a catastrophe hits, but an intervention will be extremely effective after such events. When the addict is down and feels like their world is coming to an end is the time to take fast action.
An addict’s life is a major roller coaster and the only way an addict can deny their problem is to successfully hide these problems from those who love him. The optimum time to intervene varies. In the case of cocaine, meth-amphetamine etc. this should be at a time after the addict has slept. This would also be the case with alcohol. In the case of heroin or other opiate-type drugs, better to aim for the interim between withdrawals and the most recent dose. In either case attempting an intervention while a person is extremely high will usually not be productive because the addict can not see many of his/her problems and their attention will be fixed elsewhere. In general, the timing of the intervention is crucial and needs planning.
As a Drug Intervention Expert, I stand ready to help any family deal with the the critical and emotional problem of drug abuse and addiction.
Jesse Jackson Jr’s long absence from public life is due his alcoholism in an Arizona rehab center, according to a report today from NBC Nightly News. However, Jackson’s office has responded that the Illinois Congressman is receiving “intensive medical treatment” for a “mood disorder”, the AP reports.
Either way, Jackson’s absence is going to take some explaining. He has on leave since June 10, for what his office originally described as “exhaustion”.
I have been dealing with all types of professionals who have need alcoholism intervention for years. It does not matter if you are a Congressmen or a housewife, the pressures and pains of life can drive one to a life of addiction. Having worked with some of the top people in Hollywood and in the business world, I know that we all have a breaking point that can lead to addiction.
As a intervention professional, I have worked with hundreds of those struggling with addiction, similar to what we now see occurring in today;s news with Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.
Alcoholism Information and Statistics
- Alcohol dependence and abuse cost the US approximately $220 billion in 2005. For the sake of comparison, this was greater than the amount of money spent to combat cancer ($196 billion) and obesity ($133 billion).
- 25.9% of underage alcohol abusers (i.e. underage alcoholics) drink 47.3% of the total amount of alcohol consumed by drinkers under the legal age.
- Drinking excessively year after year may cause pancreatitis, or an inflamed pancreas. Side effects of pancreatitis include extreme abdominal pain and abnormal weight loss. These can lead to death.
- Alcoholism improves a drinker’s odds of developing cancer of the throat, larynx, liver, colon, kidneys, rectum, and esophagus. It may also contribute to immune system irregularities, brain damage, harming an unborn baby, and cirrhosis of the liver.
- An estimated 43% of US adults have had someone related to them who is presently, or was, an alcoholic.
- 3 million US citizens older than 60 abuse alcohol or require it to function normally.
- Close to three times the amount of US males (9.8 million) abuse, or are dependent upon, alcohol than females (3.9 million).
- A survey of over 450 American alcohol abusers revealed that the vast majority of them did not grow up with a father figure in their households.
- 6.6 million minors in the US live with an alcoholic mother or father.
- About 14 million US residents battle an alcohol addiction.
- Greater than 50% of grownups in the US have had knowledge of someone in their immediate family with an alcohol problem.
- Just under 13.8 million US adults have issues with alcohol, and 8.1 million of them officially suffer from alcoholism.
- People who have a good relationship with their spouses have an 8.9% probability of developing alcoholism over the course of their lifetime. Contrarily, 29.2% of adults who are living with a partner and have never married are likely to become alcoholics.
- Around a quarter of all children experience some form of alcoholism in their families before they turn 18.
- As the “baby boom” generation settles into retirement, alcoholism is becoming more prevalent among the elderly.
- Generally, employees who have divorced, separated, or never married are twice as likely to have alcohol problems as those who are married.
- It takes about 15 years for an adult to become a full-fledged alcoholic, but the process is sped up in teens and young adults.
- One out of every five alcoholics who attempt to stop drinking without medical intervention end up dying as a result of alcohol withdrawal delirium.
- In contrast with those who drink in moderation, people who abuse alcohol are estimated to spend anywhere from 1.5% to 18.7% of their total income on alcohol and alcohol-related products. This vast fluctuation is largely based on a person’s age and sex.
- People who live with an alcoholic take ten times the amount of sick leave than individuals who are not exposed to alcoholism. Four-fifths of them also claim their productivity on the job is reduced as a result of their living situation.
- 40% of alcoholism is passed down through the gene pool, while the other 60% stems from unknown circumstances.
- Studies show that the offspring of alcoholics have a greater chance of becoming alcoholics themselves than those whose parents are clean.
- A staggering half-a-million US children aged nine to 12 are addicted to alcohol.
Now is the time to reach out and help the ones you love that are suffering from alcoholism. Call me for a free consultation.
Behind every addict to alcohol, drugs or prescription medications there is always an awareness inside that is begging for help. While that voice is often repressed and confused by the haze of substance abuse, it is always present within the mind of an addict.
As an Intervention Counselor, the initial barrier of anxiety and denial, during an intervention for substance abuse, is the first stepping stone in the process that paves the way for that personal desire to finally pop up from the unawareness of one’s mind. The biggest reason why an individual continues their abuse of drugs and alcohol is simple: They are repressing some type of pain, either mental, physical or spiritual, and to break the habit is difficult as they have been abusing it for so long.
Addiction is both a mental and physical. The physical symptoms simply point out the mental state of the person, while the mental pain simply drives and continues the physical needs. Through the duration of addiction, the user’s body begins to wear down one’s resistance to reason and rationality. In the initial stages of intervention, we address the part of the person that wants to change deep down. The addiction is not something they really want and as an Intervention Counselor, I know that I can appeal to their inner power that wants to change and live again.
The careful application of my training routines is what allows myself to overcome of the walls to improvement, and is what makes a successful intervention possible. Intervention is designed to break-down the walls and let the addicted individual listen to the help offered of those helpful loved ones. In-turn, the addicted person can finally gain the strength to enter a rehab program that will allow themselves to truly heal.
There is no need to tolerate watching a loved one slowly consumed with addiction. Call today, as I can help as an Intervention Counselor here in Orange County, CA.