Substance abuse is a disease from which anyone can suffer. Around in the neighborhood, there can be someone in need, who is going through substance abuse. Even someone in your family or social circle might be in need of the support in coping with the substance abuse. Just like any other disease it can be treated effectively. Though the process of treatment is not easy and simple but with proper guidance, care and help any addict can recover from substance abuse.
Substance Abuse means the harmful and hazardous use of psychoactive substances like alcohol, drugs, marijuana, heroin etc. Harmful use implies health issues, disabilities, risky use and impaired control on repeated use of a substance.
It is very hard to approach someone who is struggling with addiction. Even though you will always mean well of the loved one who is going through such rough condition but it is also always hard to understand and say whatever you want to say. Before staging an intervention you should know and observe following signs of addition:
- Secretive & aggressive behavior.
- Lack of energy and motivation.
- Health issues. Depression.
- Problems at workplace or school.
- Eating and sleeping disorders.
After you have confirmed that the specific person is struggling with addiction, you can confront the addict by following the following steps:
- Step-1 (Talk to an intervention specialist) –
It can be very much hard and can have bad results if you confront the addict without supervision and alone. Talking to an intervention specialist can help you in making a strategy for the intervention. The intervention specialists help the addict in facing the truth and not getting away with denial. Intervention specialist will guide you through the process and help you in confronting the addict.
- Step-2 (Form a group of family members and friends of the addict) –
The intervention specialist helps you create an intervention strategy. A group is formed to intervene and convince the addict to join rehab which includes parents, siblings, partners, co-workers, and close friends.
- Step-3 – Choose a right time and right place for intervention.
- Step-4 – Always be ready to face any situation.