Archive for the 'Intervention' Category

Oct 31 2007

Rehab or behind bars

Interventions can actually come in many different forms. It could be a friend or family member who talks with the alcoholic and convinces him or her to get alcohol treatment. It could also be someone else, like a doctor or a religious leader. In many cases, the judicial system ends up doing the intervening if the addict is arrested for drug possession, drug dealing, stealing, or probation violation. A good drug or alcohol rehab program looks much better to most addicts than spending time behind bars. The addict may also overdose, landing him or her in the hospital. Sometimes coming close to death is enough to get their agreement to accept help. There is one noted luxury alcohol treatment program in Malibu that has wonderful results with interventions.

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Aug 09 2007

They all came at me

I’ve seen the show a couple of times. I’ve read a few things about staging one, but I honestly wasn’t ready for the intervention that my family set up for my aunt. It was weird. If you’ve never heard of an intervention than let me tell you about it. It really is a weird thing. A bunch of people show up to a designated meeting place armed with their concern for a lucky, unsuspecting alcoholic or drug addict. Then they fool this poor soul into showing up to their meeting where they are immediately ensnared in the trap that all these so-called do-gooders have woven. Then, the addict or alcoholic(I was the alcoholic) is subjected to the feelings and concerns of the people in the group. The group is usually led by a strong family member or a drug and alcohol addiction counselor whose main task is to oversee the proceedings of the day. The concerned loved ones then take turns telling the alcoholic or addict how they feel about the addiction that they are afflicted with. First, they discuss how it affects them and the rest of the people and then, sometimes they give the guest of honor an ultimatum that stipulates what action they are willing to take if they choose not to get professional help for their addiction. I guess it’s called an intervention because you’re kinda breaking up this person’s cycle of abuse, but man, is it weird. Despite how weird it was, however, it did work and I love my family even more for it.

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Aug 03 2007

I became a stranger to everyone I knew

 

I was in a bad spot before my intervention. Like, a really a bad spot. I was a stranger, I guess was the worst part: a stranger to my family, a stranger to my friends, a stranger to myself, even. Before my intervention, all I cared about was using drugs. All I thought about was my next high, and what I had to do to get it. I was, in every sense of the word, a Drug Addict. And nothing I did was ever going to change that.

 

Interventions work by making addicts seek th truth of their addictions. My intervention helped me realize how far I’d fallen, how I’d become a slave to my Need. More importantly, it gave me the strength to want to do something about it. And that’s what made all the difference.

 

Interventions, in the end, are about empowerment more than anything else: about helping addicts develop the courage to seek drug treatment. It’s like the old saying goes: You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. You can’t force an addict to enter a drug or alcohol rehab center; the best you can do is help him make the decision for himself. That’s what interventions do. That’s how interventions work. And nothing…nothing…could ever be more important.

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