interWhen someone refuses to accept that they have a problem with drugs or alcohol, what can you do? IT may be obvious to all and sundry that your loved one has a problem, but what can you do when they refuse to admit it? Or admit it, but refuse any help to stop drinking, or taking drugs. It’s a difficult situation. The problem with addiction is that it doesn’t just affect the person who is addicted; it can affect their friends, family and even their work life. IT’s when a dangerous habit spills into other areas of their life that it can become even more of a problem.

Addicts will do anything to get their fix, and not having the cash to do it might not stop them. An addict without the means to buy their drugs or alcohol may resort to any means to get it. Whether it be borrowing money, supposedly for something else, or going to dangerous lengths such as theft, not having any money does not mean they will go without. They may be able to get their drugs or alcohol using credit, and leave themselves in a large amount of debt doing so. Unscrupulous dealers will often let their regular customers have drugs on “tick” …. but may get nasty if the money remains unpaid. After all, they don’t have a code of conduct to adhere too, and are often violent criminals. Women are susceptible to unscrupulous dealers, and some may end up selling their bodies to their dealers, or to others to fund their habit.

When someone is so deeply entrenched in a lifestyle where they are no stranger to illegal activity, it’s easy to wonder how far they will go to feed their addiction. Sometimes the only way to get them to seek help is an addiction intervention. Interventions should only be undertaken with the help of specially trained counsellors. The actual purpose of an intervention is to get the addict into an intervention program. Trained therapists will help the family prepare for the intervention, which by many is often perceived to be a confrontation. It must always take place in a controlled environment, one in which it is most likely the subject will be receptive and listen. Interventions traditionally come as a surprise to an alcoholic/drug user, although recently developed techniques may let the subject that they will be speaking to a therapist up to a few days before the planned intervention.

This more modern method may make the substance abuser feel less like they are being “ganged up on” or “ambushed” in comparison to more old fashioned intervention techniques. If they do decide to accept help or treatment, they may feel less hostile towards those who have initiated the intervention, and may enter a rehab facility with less of a negative attitude than the older methods may have produced.

If you need to more about interventions, or think that someone you know needs help, then talk to us.

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