Intervention for Utah Drug Rehab

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Getting Help for Your Loved One

It is often the case where individuals who are overcome with addiction require a professional intervention. We know how useful an intervention can be when attempting to help someone understand the damage they are doing to themselves as well as their loved ones and even work colleagues. A professional intervention, mediated by an experienced neutral party, is one of the most effective ways to help people understand that they need treatment.

Lion’s Gate Recovery holds a vital position in the Utah drug rehab community of recovery providers. Intervention Specialists consult with the loved ones, friends and work associates affected, to devise and arbitrate a compassionate but direct gathering with the person who is abusing drugs or alcohol. The experienced and compassionate Intervention Specialist ultimately serves as a bridge to communication and an initiator for the plan of action of moving toward in the alcohol or drug rehab process.

For some, intervention is the only way they will ever consider alcohol or drug rehab treatments. Those seeking effective intervention and treatment programs in Utah can turn to Lion’s Gate Recovery for professional treatments and support for all those affected.

Intervention Overview

Commonly, the first move toward treating someone who has a chemical dependency is an intervention that involves getting help from medical professionals who specialize in substance abuse. An intervention is orchestrated as an attempt by family members, friends and often business associates, to come together in the interest of compelling a chemically dependent person to accept professional help for an addiction or other problems.

While it can be emotional, the intervention juncture does not have to be a painful one. With the guidance of an Intervention Specialist, this process can potentially be the starting point of recovery and healing for all those involved.

Intervention Approaches

The basis of an intervention seems simple. By this point, family, friends, and work associates have clearly come to terms with the problem. They are prepared to urge or even demand that steps are taken toward recovery. These people have witnessed and even directly suffered as a result of the destructive behaviors attached to their chemical dependent. The intervention stage of dependency takes shape from the fears, anger and despair of those caught in the toxic wake of someone declining into self-destruction; those who refuse to simply stand by and watch tragedy unfold.

The fortunate part of the unfortunate situation lies in the fact that the same people who are most wounded by the actions of their chemically dependent loved one, friend or coworker, also hold intimate details about the life, preferences and personality of this person. These details become invaluable when piecing together an intervention plan and greatly increase the odds of success.

The Intervention will happen in one of two ways:

1)The first and most preferable way is when an addict willingly agrees to sit down while being confronted by loved ones about their drug and/or alcohol dependency and how it is affecting others’ lives. When an individual realizes and admits that they have a problem, the next logical step is seeking some professional help.

2 ) Some extreme cases will require a surprise intervention. This scenario becomes necessary when the addict has refused to confront their behavior otherwise, choosing denial as a method of avoiding how it affects those around them. This is a more aggressive tactic; however it may be the only means of reaching the chemical dependent. An old adage serves the situation well when it says, “Desperate times call for desperate measures.”

An Intervention Specialist will help determine which of the two intervention methods is most appropriate based on information gathered from those close to the chemical dependent.

An approach will be devised taking the personality of the addict, the common settings of the substance abuse, and the relationships of those involved in the intervention into careful consideration. These factors will help determine the time, location, and preferable tone of the intervention.

Youth Intervention

While addicts are often seen as demonstrating juvenile behavior, there is a difference between an adult and youth addict. This means that intervention and treatment approaches would differ accordingly.

Chemically dependent youth are handled with a different approach tailored to the mental, emotional and physical changes they are experiencing while simultaneously battling addiction. These situations are delicate and are handled by those with a specialty specific to youth rehabilitation.

Treatment Options

There are multiple treatment options for drug and alcohol recovery and rehabilitation.

Outpatient – Outpatient treatment options are best implemented for those who have made an honest recognition of their own addiction, have cooperated with intervention efforts and have resigned themselves to recovering from their addiction and are mending bridges with those around them who have been negatively impacted by their chemical dependency. They faithfully attend counseling and support group sessions and are self-determined to follow all instructions of their recovery team.

Inpatient – In many cases, inpatient candidates may still be on the fence about their willingness or desire to complete a recovery program. They are checked into an inpatient treatment facility that limits the availability of contact with the outside world and effectively bars them from access to any kind of substance they could potentially abuse. This is seen as a more radical type of treatment style that could be compared to ripping off a band-aid. The staff at Lion’s Gate Recovery understands the pain of this type of sudden transition and they have the experience to support people in making the change successfully. When segregation and close monitoring is what is needed to recover and rehabilitate a life, then this is the best route to take. Because inpatient treatment is so successful, some of the most compelling recovery stories are heard from those who spent time recovering in an inpatient facility.

Patience and Persistence

Regardless of how much love, care, and optimism an intervention is delivered with, there is never a guarantee that it will be received and heeded. The odds of success are different in every scenario and are entirely dependent on the addict. However, if the outcome is not favorable the first time, that does not mean that you need to give up.

There are those who firmly believe that until an addict has reached an all-time low, identified by his or her own self, they are incapable of recognizing or admitting the need for treatment. This is indeed the truth for some addicts. Severe crisis often brings the abrupt and rude awakening that a person needs to decide that this is no longer the kind of life they wish to lead.

An addict may have rejected help for recovery previously. They may have even lost everything they valued at the point they realize that recovery is unequivocally necessary. They are more likely to take those first difficult steps if they see the suffering and pain on the familiar faces of friends and family as well as the non-judgement, support and encouragement of skilled intervention staff.

Serious Conflict

One of the most painful impositions on family, friends and business colleagues by an addict is the internal conflict that is created. These people are suffering the damages and consequences of a severe crisis induced by no choice of their own.

Sadly, there are times when those closest to the addict question whether they somehow contributed to the addict’s substance abuse habit. Some have made excuses for poor decisions, bad behavior or broken commitments on behalf of the addict. Many even look back and realize that they were in their own state of denial about what was happening. The truth is, the only person accountable for a person’s addiction is that person alone. Love and loyalty deceivingly steer the mind and heart into believing that the best way to protect an addict is to cover for them. This only enables the addict to prolong denial and resistance to rehabilitation and can also lead to a pattern of what amounts to abuse whereby the addict leans on those closest to him or her to right the wrongs of addictive behavior.

The Greatest Gift

Family, friends and work associates often feel like they have reached a fork in the road.

One path leads to more of the same issues. Nothing changes. The devastation drags on. While this isn’t the ideal path, it is often the path of least resistance because their day-to-day routine remains the same.

The second path is frightening. It requires admission and forced accountability. It requires confrontation. It involves an element of risk which can turn out favorable – or further divide. This path invites outside individuals into the scenario, which may not be received well by the addict. There are even times when law enforcement agencies may need to be involved, which can lead to fears of long-term legal repercussions. This path leads to many unknowns and that can be frightening enough to paralyze those who love and care for someone who has a chemical dependency.

What is important for people standing at the edge of this path to remember is that chemical dependency often gets worse before it gets better if left untreated. It is better to act while there is something of value in this person’s life to salvage if possible. In the most extreme cases, addiction leads to death. Accidents, overdose and suicide are not strangers in the world of addiction. Sometimes the innocent are the victims. This is where the decision to take that first step down the path of intervention,recovery, rehabilitation and healing should become less of a burden.

Never Feel Alone

Substance abuse is not as uncommon as some might think. It is easy to feel alone when faced with its dark reality, especially for those who are being directly affected by the choices of an addict. The existence of support groups and treatment centers is a reminder to all that addiction is not a rare or isolated issue.

Lyon’s Gate Recovery professionals are here to help those in Utah who are seeking help for themselves or someone they love or work with in combating chemical dependency and addiction. Staffed with professionals who are experienced and passionate about their role on the path to recovery, rehabilitation, and support. It’s true that an addict has to choose a path to recovery and this they must do for themselves. Friends and family can encourage them, but no one can take the first step for them. However, once they take the first step to recovery, Lion’s Gate Recovery will be there for every step afterward and for a lifetime.