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How can I get through to my Loved One?
There are millions of people who suffer from the life-threatening effects of substance addiction and mental health disorders; however, because of social stigma or the fear of getting in trouble with the law, most people refuse to seek help. When substance addiction and mental health disorders are left untreated, they can lead to isolation, depression, overdose and death. Drug Treatment Finders believes that by educating addicts, their families and the entire nation about addiction, a lot more people would not be ashamed to turn their lives around.
Because most addicts refuse to admit to their addiction, families have turned to intervention specialists to help give their loved ones a little push in the right direction. Before families conduct an intervention, they must first be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of an addiction that needs to be treated, which include:
- Aching muscles
- Excess mucus
- Excessive bodily secretions of the eyes and pores
- Heart damage
- Decline of respiratory system
- Stomach cramps
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Severe mood swings
- Severe depression
- Decreased quality of life
- Sense of elation
- Difficulty breathing
- Lying or deceptive behavior
- Avoiding eye contact
- Significant increases in sleeping time
- Worsening performance in school or work, eventually loss of job or expulsion from school
- Decreasing attention to hygiene
- Loss of motivation
- Withdrawal from friends or family
- Lack of interest in daily activities
- Borrowing or stealing from loved ones
- Hostile behaviors toward loved ones
- Decline in self-esteem
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There are many signs to look out for when determining whether to intervene or not. When you decide to conduct an intervention it is important to consult with an addiction professional, social worker, psychologist or interventionist. They can help you determine the necessary steps to conduct a successful intervention.
A successful intervention should take place in a safe and calm environment. You want your loved one to be as comfortable as possible and must remember that this is much harder for them than you. It is important to always consider their feelings, use words of encouragement and never yell.
The following is a list of what is acceptable to say during an intervention:
- I love you
- Thank you for everything you have done for me
- I am worried for your children
- I am here for you
- This is not your fault; it is a disease
- Addiction treatment is effective
By using positive words rather than negative, the addict will feel like you are helping them rather than attacking them. The following is a list of what not to do during an intervention:.
- Do not yell or scream at each other
- Do not speak over each other
- Do not lash out at the addict
- Do not give up after one try
It is also important to realize that this process is difficult for everyone and if it does not work the first time, try and try again.
You want your loved one to understand that you love and worry about them and only want what is best for them. Let them know that if addiction or mental health disorders are left untreated, they will inevitably lead to overdose or death. So many people have perished from substance addiction or the symptoms they suffer from mental health disorders. Drug Treatment Finders wants to help decrease the overdose death statistics and provide relief for anyone willing to take the courageous steps toward recovery.
We understand that this process is scary, causes anxiety and can be quite overwhelming, but we are here to help in any way we can. The staff at Drug Treatment Finders are available online and over the phone 24/7. They will answer any questions you may have about interventions and treatment and guide you toward the best facility that will provide the most effective treatments for your unique and specific needs.
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