There are many reasons why a person with an addiction will resist treatment. Fear of failure, fear of a painful withdrawal and detox process, and inability to think clearly are just a few reasons.
Sometimes lack of social support or financial resources may also be an issue. Regardless of the reason an individual who is abusing any substance to the point of self destruction or potentially harming others can benefit from an intervention.
Sometimes getting the individual to listen to the concerns of loved ones is the only way to convince him or her of the need for treatment and rehabilitation. This is where the interventionist comes in. The professional addiction counselor can help a family plan an intervention and guide them through the step by step process.
Though drug abuse treatment is more effective with a willing participant, sometimes the individual needs a push and needs to understand the consequences of not getting help. Then the individual can consider treatment as a better option for a happier, healthier life.
One of the main reasons is the fear of facing life without a substance the body craves. Sometimes the person involved in drug abuse has been through detox previously and has had a painful experience, leading to relapse. An interventionist can help a family find a facility that offers medical management of withdrawal and detox.
Management with medications and therapy can make the process much less painful, both emotionally and physically. When detox is made easier, the addicted person can then focus on recovery and on learning how to avoid the cravings and temptations of harmful substances.
The person with a drug abuse problem often does not think about tomorrow or the future. He or she often lives for the next high or simply to continue using.
There may be little awareness of how the drug use is affecting others, including siblings, parents, children, or close friends. Friendships and personal relationships suffer because the addict cares for little else other than to continue using.
This does not make the person with a drug problem a bad person. He or she is simply addicted to something stronger than emotional bonds.
Sometimes the person with a drug abuse problem loses the ability to process information or reason. When this happens a family member or friend will not be able to convince the individual to enter treatment.
Logical arguments will have little effect and pleas will not have the same impact as they might have previously. This is why an intervention may be the only hope for getting the individual to treatment.
The interventionist can help a family make statements that have an impact on the situation. Family members may set tough boundaries to send a strong message. They will also let the person suffering from addiction know that they want to help but only in a positive way.
When the meeting is organized all who attend should be focused on the impact of the addiction and related behavior rather than on venting anger or frustration. It is acceptable to show emotion and concern. This is done out of love and concern for the individual rather than out of contempt.
Some people have a long history of addiction and battling addiction through treatment. If they have gone through treatment in the past but have relapsed, there is a real fear of failure.
Having a plan for helping the individual through detox and recovery while adding some measures to prevent relapse can reassure the person that treatment may be successful this time. Having a facility in mind with a reputable addiction treatment program can help convince the individual to attend a treatment program.
There are many reasons why someone suffering with an addiction may avoid seeking treatment. Some are legitimate concerns. Others are simply excuses to avoid facing reality or making major life changes.
There is never a good time to confront a person who has been unwilling to stop using harmful substances. However, if the person is hurting him or herself or others, the intervention may be the best gift a family or group of loved ones can give.
By stating reasons why treatment is needed and by setting boundaries, loved ones are not forcing the individual into treatment. They are merely presenting a strong argument and giving the addict choices in which path in life to take.
When faced with reality and the seriousness of the problem, many people with drug abuse issues will choose treatment. They must be convinced they are making the right decision and that they will receive full support from family and friends who are reaching out with the help of the interventionist.
It is far better to attempt the intervention than to continue letting the individual self destruct or possibly hurt others due to an addiction problem.