If your child is abusing drugs or alcohol it is imperative that you take action. Do not wait to intervene. A parent can never be too safe or intervene too early if adolescent drug and alcohol abuse is suspected. Addiction is a complex disease that can lead to devastating emotional and physical consequences. A drug and alcohol abuse intervention can be an effective method to address and help an individual struggling with substance abuse issues.
If you are concerned that your child may be using drugs or alcohol, chances are high that your parental intuition is correct. Teens are abusing drugs and alcohol at alarming rates. Experimentation with drugs and alcohol can no longer be viewed as normal teenage behavior. Drug and alcohol use can rapidly manifest into emotional and physical dependence as well as addiction. The developing adolescent brain leaves teens at a greater risk of developing substance abuse issue than adults with a fully developed brain. It is crucial for parents to educate their children about the dangers associated with drug and alcohol use, as well as develop healthy communication patterns so their child can go to them for help. Parents must intervene at the first sign of trouble. A parent can never be too safe or intervene too early. Early intervention decreases the emotional and physical consequences associated with drug and alcohol abuse.
Addiction is a disease that affects not only the individual but also the whole family. It is extremely painful for families to watch loved ones struggle with addiction. A successful drug and alcohol intervention can provide the opportunity for change. An intervention allows friends and family to express their love and concern for the individual struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. It provides a safe opportunity to confront the problem while offering a solution. While some interventions are successful, others are not. Families must hope for the best, yet prepare for the worst. An intervention is only successful if established ultimatums are upheld and immediate actions is taken.
Before staging an intervention it is important for families and parents to have en established plan. It is recommended that parents seek people closest to that person, those who have been affected by the drug and alcohol abuse. It is important to choose people closest to them, people whom they respect and trust. An intimate group is often the most effective. Each person who plans to be part of the intervention should take the time to carefully plan what they intend to say to the individual who is struggling with substance abuse issues. It is recommended that each participant share their concerns and what they plan on sharing with one another prior to staging the intervention. The group should write out what they intend to share and keep their statements focused around concern and compassion. Sharing should me limited to “I” statements rather than assignment blame to the individual. This helps to ensure that the individual will listen to the concerns and wont become defensive. Prior to holding the intervention, it is crucial that ultimatums are established and treatment options are in place. If the individual makes the decision to accept help, there should be an immediate treatment plan in place. If the individual declines to opportunity for help, there should be established consequences associated with this decision.
Absolutely. A well-planned intervention can be highly successful. It all depends on how well the intervention was planned, if mental health professionals were involved, if a treatment plan was in place, and how willing the individual was to seek help. All these factors help to determine the success of an intervention. It is highly recommended that families seek help from mental health professionals and an experienced professional interventionist to offer their expertise during this difficult process. Experienced interventionists are able to assist families throughout the intervention process. While many choose to stage an intervention on there own, a professional can help educate the family about addiction and provide support during the process. Interventionists are available to walk you through the intervention process and are able to be present if needed. It is important for parents and families to understand that addiction is a complex disease. Denial is often a symptom of addiction. Loved ones must hope for the best while still preparing for the worst outcome. It is ultimately up to the individual whether or not they choose to accept help for their substance abuse issues.
Addiction is a multifaceted and complex disease. It is highly recommended that concerned parents and family members seek help from trained professionals. Consulting an addiction professional, psychologist, psychiatrist or an interventionist can help families organize an effective intervention. Expert help often offers the best chance at success. If you know someone that needs help please do not hesitate to give us a call and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please call (888)357-7577 or simply click the link below.