Find a Drug and Alcohol Interventionist in Alabama
Drug Abuse is a real problem in Alabama. In fact, 7.59% of people in Alabama reported the past-month use of illicit drugs. With this amount of people being open about it, it’s not unreasonable to assume the actual numbers are around 30%.
Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) 2010 – 2011.
Source: SAMSHA Behaviorial Health Barometers 2009-2013
That’s just the illicit drugs. A study conducted in 2012 showed that Alabama as a leader in the nation for prescription drug abuse. When someone has a prescription doesn’t mean they don’t need help. If anything, these people are prime canidates for intervention, since they often think their drug problem is okay since a doctor wrote them a prescription. Remember many of these doctors are crooked and only in it for the money. They will write orders regardless of the damage it’s inflicting on an addicts life.
Source: Express Scripts; Henderson 2010
Alcohol abuse is often overlooked as well since many Alcoholics can manage to keep a job. What many people don’t realize is that Alcohol causes more damage to the body than many illicit drugs.
What happens in an Intervention?
Interventions are a team effort by the family, coordinated by a professional who is skilled in getting addicts and alcoholics the need to accept help. The person in need of help often doesn’t realize how much damage they are causing in the lives of the family and themselves. The goal is to put them in a position where refusing help is no longer an option.
When Do I Require An Interventionist?
If you have tried to get your family member help unsuccessfully before, chances are you won’t be able to do it on your own. Most addicts have a major problem accepting how hopeless their situation is or will be if they don’t make a change. Intervention is required when the addict or alcoholic continues their behavior in the face of serious consequences. Especially if they are hiding the truth from you, promising themselves to quit failing over and over again or facing legal troubles.
Your typical alcoholic and addict will have plenty of excuses as to why they ‘aren’t ready’ or ‘made a slip’. This kind of behavior will continue to take place until they end up in jail, die or have an intervention. In some other cases, especially with Meth, a trip to the psych ward may end with them not coming back. This is why in many cases an intervention is necessary to save the freedom, sanity or very life of an addict.
In almost every case where an addict or alcoholic refuses to acknowledge the underlying issues of their addiction, an intervention is necessary. Going to treatment is one of the only ways to heal these underlying issues. Interventions are fantastic ways of showing the addict or alcoholic how much they need the help.
How Does The Process Heal Addiction?
Overcoming the issues that created the addiction in the first place is an ongoing process. While anyone can do it, the hardest part is getting enough time away from the drugs and alcohol to start addressing the underlying issues. Going into treatment presents the opportunity to do just that, in addition to the support and care of professionals who have helped many others accomplish what they thought was impossible. All it takes is the first step.
Family and Addiction
You may have a family member suffering from substance abuse or alcoholism. If they are like most people with this problem, they likely aren’t ready to admit it. Talking to them about it usually doesn’t end well, usually making them defensive and angry. Addicts and alcoholics often feel isolated, like other people do not understand them. By bringing the family together in a loving and caring way, lead by a professional who has gone through the same things, it becomes much easier to make a change.
Warning Signs Of Addiction
- Terrible cases of insomnia
- Uncontrollable mood swings
- Sudden financial or legal issues resulting from substance or alcohol abuse
- Becoming distant from persons and activities that you once enjoyed
- Severe weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling unable to function as an average person unless under the influence
Arranging An Interventionist Session
The first step in getting started with an intervention is contacting an intervention specialist now. Our Alabama Interventionists will help you or your loved one break the phase of denial, and this is also the first step in becoming sober.
Confronting the addict we can make things worse due to the shame associated with addiction. Interventions should always be dealt with by a professional.