15 Ways To Overcome An Addiction

While most addictions begin with a voluntary action, no one uses a substance with the intention of becoming addicted. Most people can have a beer or accept a prescription for painkillers without incident. Tragically, others fall down a rabbit hole of addiction that can be difficult to get out of. This can have far-reaching effects on your physical and mental health, as well as your relationships and financial security.

The good news is that many people have overcome their addictions and gone on to lead full, productive lives free from drugs or alcohol. In this article, we will go over some things you can do to overcome your addiction and reduce your risk of relapse.

#1 Build Up Your Physical Strength

While addiction is largely a problem that affects the mind, it can be extremely hard on the body. Most substances come with elevated risks to your physical health, such as heart disease, liver or kidney malfunction, respiratory disorders, and long-term changes to the chemistry of the brain.

In addition, if you are overusing drugs or alcohol, you may unknowingly be neglecting other aspects of a healthy lifestyle. Your food intake may be lacking in both quality and quantity, you may have stopped going to the gym, and your sleep may be irregular and filled with nightmares.

One of the first things you should do once you have gone through the withdrawal phase of your recovery is take action to regain your physical health. Establish healthier eating patterns and engage in physical activity. Keep well hydrated and make sure you get enough sleep.

#2 Address Underlying Causes Of Your Addiction

Addiction rarely exists in a vacuum. For a lot of people, it is a symptom of an underlying problem, such as stress or trauma. If you stop using drugs or alcohol but don’t try to resolve the reasons you were using them in the first place, chances that you will suffer a relapse are high.

Addiction rehab programs exist for this very reason: to help you work through those challenges that led you to your addiction. This is done in a variety of ways, such as individual or group therapy, or therapies using creative media like music or art.

For some people, addressing the underlying causes may mean finding an alternative treatment for a condition that a medication was prescribed for. If you have become addicted to that medication, the original condition still needs to be treated. A doctor or addiction psychiatrist will be able to help you with that.

#3 Work On Mending Damaged Relationships

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It has been said that no man is an island, and it is true that people who isolate themselves have poorer mental health outcomes. It is increasingly recognized that addiction is not only about chemical dependencies – it is also about the environment. If you have strong connections with the people around you, your chances of long-term recovery are much higher.

Unfortunately, relationships can be damaged during a period of addiction, and your recovery may need to include family therapy that will help you rebuild bridges with the people you love.

#4 Make A Relapse Prevention Plan

In many of life’s situations, having a backup plan is a good idea. We save money in case an unexpected expense arises. We take out travel insurance in case we get sick while visiting another country. When we go out during the fall, we take a sweater in case we get cold.

Addiction recovery is no different. While you should always be planning for success, you need to know and understand the warning signs of an impending relapse, and as soon as those signs start appearing, you should have a plan that you can set in motion. This could include having a trusted friend stay with you, getting in touch with your therapist, or returning to rehab.

#5 Be Willing To Let Go Of Harmful Relationships

While positive relationships are an essential part of addiction recovery, harmful relationships can set you back. Many addictions are rooted in relationships that are toxic or abusive. Some addictions are perpetuated by situations in which the addicted person is pressured by others to use drugs or alcohol.

Relationships that can be a positive element in your life should be mended. But if a relationship has potential to cause harm and hinder your recovery, you may need to evaluate whether it’s time to let that relationship go.

#6 Participate In Rehab Aftercare Activities

If you participated in inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment and your facility offers an aftercare program, you can derive significant benefit from taking part in it. Many rehab centres report lower relapse rates in clients who make use of the aftercare services, which usually include things like a support line, educational sessions, and follow-up sessions to monitor post-rehab progress.

#7 Join A Support Group

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Human beings are social creatures who crave a sense of belonging. We instinctively seek out people who have been through similar challenges, so that we can feel less alone and more understood. Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous are a fantastic resource for people with addictions to get together and share their stories. Not only can you benefit from learning about the experiences of others, you can help those who are at earlier stages in their recovery than you.

If Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are not your cup of tea, you may be able to join a group therapy program in your area. Online support groups are also becoming more mainstream than ever before, popular because of how accessible they are.

#8 Avoid Big Gaps In Your Time

Author Shelley Shepard Gray said that “idle hands make fretful minds”. If you are new to recovery, large swathes of time can be overwhelming to you. Unoccupied time can give you too much time to think. You may start rehashing traumatic events from the past or questioning your self-worth. Depression and anxiety can creep in, starting as a trickle and gradually becoming a flood. Ultimately, you may start to feel nostalgic for your days of using drugs or alcohol, and this can set you on a downward slope to physical relapse.

If you are not working, use the time to work towards a goal. Pursue a hobby that may have become neglected during your period of active drug use. Embark on a project that has been at the back of your mind, like writing a book or redecorating your house. Take a class in something you have always wanted to learn. Even if you lack the financial resources to pay for a class, there are many free online offerings.

#9 Be Aware Of Codependency In Yourself And Others

Codependent relationships are extremely common in people with addictions. In a relationship like this, one person makes extreme sacrifices to make the other person happy. The other person, for their part, is only too glad to be the recipient of all of the attention. Codependency can exist in any kind of relationship, be it between siblings, a parent and a child, friends, or intimate partners.

In many cases, it is the loved one who is codependent and going out of their way to please the person with the addiction. This provides a perfect environment for the addiction to continue.

Codependent relationships are not necessarily doomed, but it takes work on the part of both people to stop the codependent behaviour.

#10 Learn How To Love Yourself

It is a tragic reality that many people with addictions suffer from low self-esteem. Addiction is often a precursor to suicidal thoughts and behaviour. Relapse can intensify this feeling, leaving you feeling as if you have failed in your attempts at recovery.

No matter where you are in your addiction journey, you need to know that you matter, that your life is valuable. Instead of focusing on trying to get other people to love you, learn how to love yourself. Remind yourself daily – hourly if necessary – of the unique qualities that make you special.

#11 Keep A Journal

Journaling can bring you all kinds of benefits. Writing engages both sides of the brain – the logical and the emotional. This makes it a cathartic activity that can help you in your healing, and it can help you find solutions to challenges. It reduces stress and boosts creativity, and if you build up a collection of journal entries, you will be able to look back at them after a period of time and see how much progress you have made.

#12 Celebrate Your Sobriety Milestones

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Addiction recovery is hard work. It is a long process that may involve a lot of difficult self-reflection and tough decisions. And as is the case with many tough challenges, success should be rewarded. Whether you have maintained sobriety for a month, a year, or a decade, take a moment to congratulate yourself and reflect on how far you have come. Make yourself a sobriety birthday cake, enjoy a celebratory picnic with your closest loved ones, or buy yourself that book or pair of shoes you’ve had your eye on.

#13 Look For Natural Dopamine Boosts

Many substances result in elevated levels of dopamine, which make you feel good. Dopamine is a chemical released by the brain that feeds our sense of reward and motivation. That is the hook that results in a lot of people becoming addicted, and it is what makes it so difficult to quit. If you are early on in your recovery journey, you may struggle when it comes to finding a sober way to feel good. Fortunately, nature has provided us with ways to boost dopamine naturally. These include:

  • Boosting your protein intake
  • Doing exercise you enjoy, from yoga to going for a run
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Listening to music
  • Spending time in the sun (with proper sun protection)

#14 Don’t Give Up If You Suffer A Relapse

Relapse can happen to people who are doing everything right. You never know when some crisis will come along and knock you off your feet. Some people relapse after a stressful life event like job loss or the death of a loved one. Others simply become victims of their own self-sabotaging thoughts.

It is important to understand that relapse does not mean your treatment has failed. Addiction is an illness, and like many illnesses, there can be setbacks during your recovery. If you suffer a relapse, identify what triggered it, learn from it, and continue with your recovery plan. Some people benefit from returning to rehab for a while, to reinforce what they have learned. Others are able to adjust elements of their lifestyle or alter their thinking with the help of a therapist. The most important thing is to not give up.

#15 Visualize Success

People tend to be most successful when they can visualize success. Create a picture in your mind of what your life will look like without cravings, and without all of the negative impacts of addiction. Imagine how you will handle stressful events without needing to use drugs or alcohol, and allow yourself to feel the sense of accomplishment that will come from that. Focus on what your outcome will be and how much better your life will be without the substance that you became addicted to.

At Thousand Islands Rehab Centre, we will help you build that resilience and develop the skills and tools to live a happy, productive life free from drugs or alcohol. With a customized addiction treatment program, you can create endless opportunities for yourself. Call us today for more information, or to reserve your spot.


Symptoms Of Drinking Too Much Alcohol

Alcohol is like many things in life: in moderation it can be good, but overconsumption can lead to disaster. And like many things in life, it can be difficult to draw the line between what is reasonable and what is too much. The line is in a different place not only from one person to the next, but from one occasion to the next for the same person.

In other words, you might have a different level of tolerance to the person standing next to you. And what you consume today with no ill effects could give you a splitting headache next week.

This line is further blurred by the fact that alcohol inebriation is not merely accepted, in some instances it is celebrated and sought after. How many times have you heard someone state their intention of getting drunk at an upcoming party? Or brag about how many drinks they had last weekend? How often have you seen the most impaired person at a gathering being lauded as “the life of the party”?

In this article, we will look at some signs that it may be time for you to switch to water, and we will look at the troubling and sometimes tragic phenomenon of alcohol overdose.

How Much Is Too Much?

According to Canada’s low-risk alcohol drinking guidelines, people assigned male at birth (AMAB) should limit consumption to 15 drinks a week and no more than three drinks at a time, while those assigned female at birth (AFAB) should not exceed 10 drinks a week and two drinks at a time.

It is important to understand that these guidelines are based on generalizations about how AFAB and AMAB bodies work. People who are AFAB have lower body weight and blood volume, but their body fat percentage is higher, which puts them at higher risk of long-term health effects from overconsumption of alcohol. In addition, they produce less alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme, meaning their bodies do not break down alcohol as efficiently as the bodies of AMAB people.

Safety Limits Vary From Person To Person

The guidelines are just guidelines. Actual safe alcohol consumption limits vary widely from one person to the next based on several factors, including the following:

  • Age, weight and state of health
  • Whether you are taking any medications and if so, what those medications are
  • Whether you are pregnant or breast/chest-feeding
  • Whether you have a prior history of substance abuse

If you are in any doubt about if or how much alcohol you can consume, it is important that you seek the advice of a licensed medical practitioner. What is safe for your neighbour or relative may not be safe for you.

How Do I Know I’ve Been Drinking Too Much Alcohol?

In general, the human body is capable of metabolizing one standard unit of alcohol per hour. If you consume more than that, you will start to feel the effects of mild alcohol intoxication. These include the following:

  • Overinflated sense of confidence
  • Lowered inhibitions
  • Talkativeness
  • A sense of relaxation or tranquility
  • Mildly impaired motor skills, such as unsteadiness on the feet
  • Reddening or flushing of the skin

If you continue to drink in spite of these symptoms, you may experience moderate intoxication, which has the following signs:

  • Mood swings
  • Inhibitions that are lowered to the extent that you engage in potentially high-risk behaviour, such as driving impaired
  • Increased motor skill deficits, slurred speech, and blurred vision
  • Confusion, impaired attention, and poor judgment
  • Reduced reflexes and reaction time
  • Sleepiness
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting

Legal Driving Limits Do Not Mean Safe Driving Limits

Few people would argue that driving while impaired is extremely dangerous, not only for the person driving, but for any passengers as well as other users of the road. In Ontario, the maximum legal blood alcohol content (BAC) while driving is 80 milligrams of alcohol for every 100 millilitres of blood, which translates to BAC of 0.08.

It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with BAC over this level, and many people use this figure to determine how many drinks they can have in order to legally drive. But the question should not only be about legality, it should also be whether it is safe to drive. People have different levels of tolerance. One person can be over the legal BAC without showing any signs of impairment, while someone else could have a fraction of the legal BAC and be obviously intoxicated.

The best course of action is to avoid any drinking and driving. Arrange for alternative transportation prior to the party, or leave your car at the venue, get an Uber or a cab home, and retrieve your car the following day.

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The Dangers Of Alcohol Poisoning

When you consume alcohol, it gets absorbed directly into your bloodstream through the stomach wall, and it immediately starts to circulate through your body. A single glass of wine or a beer are not likely to produce effects: your blood will pass through your liver, which will break down the alcohol so the body can get rid of it.

But the liver can only do so much. The more you drink, the more alcohol you will have circulating in your body while the liver is working overtime trying to deal with it all. As the alcohol is being transported to various parts of your body, you start to feel the effects of intoxication.

If you continue to drink, you can eventually get to the point where the parts of your brain that are responsible for supporting life start to shut down – examples include breathing, heart function, and temperature control.

What Are The Symptoms Of Alcohol Poisoning?

The symptoms of alcohol poisoning include the following:

  • Difficulty maintaining or regaining consciousness
  • Slow or irregular breathing: fewer than eight breaths a minute, or gaps of at least 10 seconds between breaths
  • Vomiting
  • Extreme mental confusion
  • Slow or irregular heart rate
  • Loss of reflexes
  • Skin that is cold or clammy to the touch, or skin that is pale or blue-tinged
  • Seizures

How To Help Someone Who Is Experiencing Alcohol Overdose

If you are with someone who is showing signs of alcohol overdose, it is imperative that you do not leave them unattended. They could be at risk of falling or choking. Immediately call for medical help, and stay with the person until help arrives.

If you can, get the person onto the ground in a sitting or semi-reclined position. If they are lying down, roll them onto their side.

When paramedics arrive, be prepared to tell them everything you know about what and how much the person drank, and whether they used any other substances or medications.

Getting Help For Problem Drinking

Located in a beautiful setting, Thousand Islands Rehab Centre provides customized alcohol addiction treatment programs that respect and value the uniqueness of all people. We provide an environment conducive to healing, and you will be guided by staff who are compassionate and non-judgmental. Call us today to learn more, or to get started on your healing journey.


How Intervention Helps Your Loved One Overcome Addiction

Living and watching a loved one rot away in addiction is hellish. Help is needed – everyone knows that but the person with substance abuse disorder. These individuals are usually in denial of their problem and refuse to seek treatment. They also often do not see or understand the adverse effects on their health and behavior and how it affects the rest of the family. In many cases, the only hope rests on successfully staging an intervention to stop the addictive habits.

Addiction is a growing concern. In 2012, the Canadian Alcohol and Drug Use Monitoring Survey showed 21.6% of the population (roughly 8 million people) meets the substance abuse criteria. By far, the most abused substance is alcohol, followed by cannabis, hallucinogens, and stimulants.

Talking to a person struggling with addiction is necessary – and can be impossibly challenging. In this case, you need a more focused approach in intervention, which may involve professional help.

What Is An Intervention?

A person struggling with addiction – as alluded to, is not likely to seek help. You can work around that denial by engaging the services of a licensed drug or alcohol counselor. Under the guidance of an intervention specialist, a plan could be carefully formed to help the loved one understand the consequences of substance abuse in a non-threatening, positive way.

During an intervention, you and the interventionist explain the negative impact of destructive behaviors on family and friends in a manner that is not degrading. A viable detox and comprehensive rehabilitation program are presented, including the processes or steps involved and goals. The plan also includes actions to take in case the offer to help is rejected.

An intervention is not limited to family members. It may also include other people, such as friends, who care for the person suffering from addiction. Every person involved should make a conscious effort to stay on topic. Spontaneity should be avoided, as this may result in blaming and accusations. Hurtful words, for example, can lead to refusal of treatment when blurted out.

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When Should You Intervene for a Loved One?

Counseling a loved one addicted to drugs or alcohol is not an easy thing to do. One reason for that is you may not know what to say. It also does not help when the addicted person denies or refuses to acknowledge the problem. Without help, the dependency can only get worse. Once you see these signs, then you know it is time for an intervention.

Psychological Symptoms

Unable to stop. Drug and alcohol dependency eliminates any form of self-control and discipline. The cravings are irresistible, resulting in the continued use of the addictive substance.

Ignoring health. Repeated use despite health problems. A smoker, for example, will keep smoking even after developing lung disease.

Handling problems. For many people struggling with an addicting substance, it becomes a means to cope with stress and problems. Instead of facing an issue head-on, it becomes a refuge – a safe place.

Obsessed with securing a stash. Instead of spending time with family and friends or staying productive, an addicted individual spends more time and energy trying to find ways to obtain more drugs or alcohol.

Taking risks. The craving for addicting substances may be too intense, leading to risky and reckless behavior that includes criminal activities to obtain money to buy more drugs or alcohol.

Physical Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms. When the substance level drops due to not being able to drink or use, addicted people can experience constipation, diarrhea, sweating, seizure, or trembling. The cravings can also lead to uncharacteristic behaviors, with some resorting to violence.

Eating habits. Changes in appetite might occur. For example, cannabis use can cause munchies (eating more). On the other hand, drugs like cocaine reduce the desire to eat.

Contracting a disease. Frequent smokers may develop respiratory problems or lung cancer. Excessive alcohol drinking damages the liver, while injecting drugs could damage the veins and arteries.

Disrupted sleep patterns. Insomnia, for example, can be caused by withdrawal. Drugs such as speed and ecstasy can make a person go sleepless for several nights.

Deteriorating physical appearance. An addicted person may neglect personal hygiene, appearing disheveled, tired, and haggard.

Increasing tolerance. Once the body develops a tolerance to a substance, consuming more to attain the desired effects might result in an overdose.

Social Symptoms

Sacrificing activities. Giving up on activities they used to love is indicative of a dependency problem. Refraining from going out with friends, for example, if there are no drugs or alcohol.

Secrecy. Addicted people are more likely to consume drugs in solitude. They appear to be withdrawn and may stop meeting friends or joining social activities.

Denial. Even though some addicted people may admit to using drugs or drinking alcohol, they do not see themselves as having an addiction problem. Usually, they think – with conviction – they can stop anytime.

Excessive consumption. Some substances – opiates and alcohol – might be consumed in excess. Even if they experienced the severe effects of overdosing, that would not stop them from future substance abuse.

Hidden stashes. Addicted people are likely to hide their choice of substance and drug paraphernalia in different parts of the house, where they could not be discovered.

Financial issues. Because of the need to ensure a steady supply, some addicted people may divert funds, sacrificing household necessities. It is a costly habit that could lead to financial difficulties.

Legal issues. Aside from committing a crime – steal money to buy alcohol or drugs – some people who are too intoxicated and suffering from impaired judgment may cause a scandal or resort to violence.

How Does Intervention Work?

The processes involved in an intervention begins with getting guidance, planning, and conversing with the addicted loved one in need of help. Generally, these steps are:

1. Get Help and Organize the Intervention Team

There is no shame in seeking help. A social worker or doctor might be able to provide guidance. As an option, you can also contact detox and rehab facilities as they have the expertise and experience to help people suffering from addiction recover. While your loved one needs help, you also need the support of professionals, other family members, and close friends. Together, you form the core of the intervention team.

2. Make a Plan

An intervention is a highly emotional situation. The highly-charged atmosphere is a powder keg waiting to explode. Because of the potential for betrayal, resentment, and anger, you and the rest of the intervention team should set aside time to make a comprehensive plan of action.

Your strategy should include when and where to talk to your loved one, how it will work, and every person’s role. For example, friends can be tasked to keep the discussion focused on the problem rather than emotional responses. In other words, they should diffuse tense situations, letting you and other family members continue to provide assurances of your love and support throughout the recovery process.

In the case of a successful intervention, each person should be willing to provide support in one way or the other. During detox, rehabilitation, recovery, therapy, and support group meetings, everyone could offer or take turns accompanying.

3. Gather Information

You and the rest of the team members should try to find out the extent of the problem. Find out what treatment options there are and make an initial arrangement for enrollment. Dig deeper too to make sure that the detox and rehabilitation program is suitable for your loved one’s personality. Once you find a treatment facility, they can provide you with more information.

4. Make Impact Statements or Notes

Every person in the intervention team has a personal relationship with the person suffering from addiction and has experienced negative impacts. And that means everyone has something to say, and this should be written down.

An impact statement is personal and details how a particular behavior has caused harm or hurt. Putting these in writing helps your loved one understand that personal struggles also affects other people. These statements should be emotionally honest and full of love and assurances – no blaming or personal attacks.

5. Set a Boundary or Decide on a Consequence for Refusal

One of the most challenging things you and every team member has to do is decide on the consequence of refusal to accept treatment. Are you going to be an enabler, which causes far more harm? Everyone has to be on board and be clear with your addicted loved one that there is a consequence for refusing help.

6. Rehearse

Emotions run high during an intervention. Hence, before sitting your loved one down, try to think through the whole process and rehearse. You can talk about possible scenarios with the rest of the team and have an appropriate response. Practicing beforehand lets each person know when to speak and what to say for a smoother discussion flow.

7. Manage Expectations

If you have watched some of Dr. Phil’s shows, they could not prepare you for what is to come – emotionally and mentally. An ideal scenario is when the intervention led to your loved one accepting treatment. However, that may not happen. All you can do is to be prepared and understand that the discussion could quickly deteriorate into arguments. Hurtful words could be exchanged and the treatment plan rejected. If indeed it comes down to that, then you and everyone else would have no choice but to follow through on the consequences.

8. Stage the Intervention

Up until this point, you should not let the person struggling with addiction know about your plans. Have your loved one be on the intervention site without knowing why you have all gathered together.

Each person take turns to express their concerns and feelings. You (or the intervention specialist) can then present the treatment plan. Each of you will also have to be clear on specific changes if the program is not accepted – the consequence of refusal. Remember, whatever each one decided has to be followed through.

9. Follow Up and Follow Through

If your loved one refuses to accept help, each member of the intervention team needs to follow through on the consequence. At a later time, it might force admittance to addiction and finally getting help.

On the other hand, if the intervention’s intent was successful, then everyone has to be supportive, as promised. Recovering from an addiction is incredibly difficult, and relapse could happen at any given time. You and the others will want to be around to stop your loved one from succumbing to temptations.

Related article: How To Motivate Your Loved Ones To Get Addiction Treatment

What Should You Not Do During an Intervention?

Your goal to intervene and get your loved one the much-needed help is noble and because of love. If it works, then give yourself a pat on the head for a job well done. However, when it is poorly executed, it may lead to feelings of resentment. A person who already struggles with substance abuse may feel attacked, go into isolation, and more unlikely to get sober and clean.

These are the things that should never happen:

1. Intervention When Your Loved One Is Not Sober

Any person who is drunk or high would have impaired judgment and cannot think clearly. There is no point in having a discussion if that is the case.

2. Involving Too Many People

Too many cooks spoil the broth, so having too many people in the intervention team may be counterproductive. A good number to have is between 3 to 6 people, preferably with a qualified intervention expert.

3. Be Careful with Labels

For many people, the most beautiful sound is their name. You might as well call your loved one by name instead of using labels. Using words such as “addict” or “alcoholic” is derogatory and insulting. An otherwise good conversation could quickly descend into arguments.

4. Stage an Intervention When You Are Calm

The worst time to stage an intervention is when you are feeling emotional and upset. It should be planned and executed at the right time, as agreed upon with the rest of the team members. And if you find yourself losing patience during the intervention, try to pause and regain your composure.

How Do You Increase the Chances of a Successful Intervention?

There are plenty of things you can do to ensure success. Go through these tips so that you can be guided accordingly.

Patience. Resist the urge to stage an intervention prematurely. In some cases, it might take several weeks to prepare and plan.

Timing. You cannot talk sense with a person who is too intoxicated or high. Hence, you will have to schedule the intervention at a date and time when your loved one is least likely to be heavily under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Learn. Take the time to know the substance and its effects on behavior and health.

Liaison. Appointing one of the team members to facilitate getting the team together or keeping everyone updated helps your cause.

Updates. Keep every team member in the loop. You should make sure that everyone is on the same page. Hold meetings or call to keep each other to stay updated.

Rehearsal. Rehearsing is the best way to decide on the sitting arrangement details, who speaks about what and when. At the very least, you should do it once so that everything goes on smoothly when intervening.

Anticipate objections. Anyone suffering from addiction will have plenty of reasons why treatment is not necessary. Avoid pushing too hard. Instead, keep calm and offer rational responses to eliminate those reasons one at a time.

Avoid arguments. All conversations should be centered on love, respect, concern, assurance, and support. There is no room for name-calling, blaming, angry, and accusing words or personal attacks.

Stay on track. At any given time, the topic may steer away from the purpose of intervention due to tension and emotional responses. Remember to stay calm and control the conversation.

Immediate response. If your loved one asks for time to think about the treatment plan, that only gives more time to keep denying an addiction problem, go on a dangerous bind, or hide. Ideally, you want an immediate answer and get started with the recovery process as soon as possible.

Why Do You Need to Consult with an Addiction Professional?

An intervention is never coercive or based on shame. There is no room for angry or hurtful words. It should be a meaningful conversation, not an argument or fighting. As if that is not enough to ask for, there is also the matter of enlisting family and friends’ help and formulating a sound plan.

Not knowing how to handle such a situation, though, may lead to mistakes – and drive your loved one further away. It is why you seek the help of people who specializes in these things. They include licensed alcohol and drug counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, or interventionists. Instead of treading into unfamiliar territory, you might as well rely on their experience and expertise.

If you think your loved one may react self-destructively or violently during an intervention, do consult with an intervention professional. You would want help if you are dealing with someone who has the following conditions:

  • History of mental illness
  • History of violence
  • Has talked about suicide or showed suicidal tendencies
  • Suspected of using more than one mood-altering substances

For some families, an intervention occurs without help from an outside party. You can, of course, choose to go that way. Suppose you are unsure of what to do, then engaging an addiction professional’s services is the better option. No more guesswork as these pros can help you organize and suggest the best way to move forward. More importantly, they can determine the best course of treatment for your loved one.

Call 1000 Islands Addiction Rehab & Treatment Centre for addiction treatment programs.

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