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Do Interventions Really Work For Addicts?

Do you have a family member, friend, or coworker that desperately shows the tell tale signs of addiction? Are you seeking help for them but can’t seem to find any results? Is sending them to a rehabilitation facility just not realistic?

This is exactly why millions of viewers are tuning in each week to A&E’s hit series, “Intervention” in hopes of getting ideas, inspiration, and maybe even a way to save someone’s life that they care deeply about. Are they successful, do interventions really work? Experts report that like many things, it depends on the person and several dynamics of how they’ve been able to live as an addict all this time.

If you have someone that has shown signs of substance abuse for only a short period of time, they may not be that involved in their dependence and an intervention may be a tad too soon. Most that do well with them are those that have lived this way for a number of months or years, and are seriously putting their lives in danger.

Having friends or family members that assist in maintaining the issue can also be a massive part of the problem. Enabling someone with a dangerous addiction by providing them with housing, money for drugs, and always having a reliable person nearby to love them can often hurt their chances of ever becoming sober. Sounds harsh, and it is, but everyone usually requires a rock bottom before they realize the severity of the issue.

The other piece of the addiction puzzle comes when users are willing to go to any extent to obtain drugs. This could be by way of committing fraud, burglary, or selling their bodies on the street for money. Then they end up in the prison system for committing a crime to get drugs, when they truly deep down have a medical problem versus a criminal one. This then leads to overcrowded prisons, and many addicts getting out of jails nationwide all too end up right back where they were initially because their substance abuse problem was never addressed in jail. It’s a vicious cycle with no real end in sight it seems, and if getting your loved one on the Intervention television show isn’t a possibility, then try local interventionists, or even turn to telemedicine.

Some who’ve seen the addiction process go full cycle are starting to advocate for change. The Cumberland County court system for instance is utilizing an intervention court system that allows users to hopefully get a second chance at life. The best thing you can do is talk to a specialist in this type of therapy before approaching the addict to avoid any major mishaps. It can be very trying to be on the other side of a family member using, but try to remain positive and have a full understanding of the addiction cycle to better grasp what type of help they may require the most.

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