Alcoholics are notorious for being very difficult to get into rehab. Even when someone addicted to alcohol has hit rock bottom, without help from family and friends, he or she will still be convinced that all is okay and they can function and live normally.
Alcohol dulls the senses. Addiction to alcohol impairs overall judgment and intelligence. A person under the influence can be quite belligerent and nasty to those he loves the most. It is a horrible scenario for families when a loved one is an alcoholic and nothing they do seems to help.
Intervention for Alcoholics
When a family member or friend attempts to get an alcoholic into a drug and alcohol rehab treatment center, they may think at first they are making progress. Catch an alcoholic at the right time and place, and he may very well agree he needs help. He may consent to going to treatment. However, if he is not immediately taken to the facility, he will likely change his mind. Wait a day and it is back to the same awful routine of drinking.
Intervention is often needed. A family intervention consists of family, friends and perhaps others in the community who the addict trusts and respects gathering together with an interventionist to get the person into rehab. You have most likely seen the television show called “Intervention.” This tells the story.
By themselves, it is extremely rare for someone addicted to alcohol to enter rehab on their own. Sometimes it happens, like when the person is about to lose their child or has been kicked out of their home.
Preparation for Intervention for an Alcohol Addict
The family must be prepared for a professional intervention. Doing one on their own (perhaps based on watching the TV show or on their own research) may not be fully successful. When that has occurred and failed, an actual professional intervention may not achieve desired results, or it may be much trickier.
The family must be coached on what to say and how to say it. No display of anger or dismay can be communicated to the addict as this could just spark a reaction opposite of what is needed. The consequences of the person not agreeing to go into treatment must be severe. They have to far outweigh the pressure the addiction to alcohol exerts on the person. The process must be very structured with a clear goal and way to obtain that goal. The “consequences” aspect of an intervention is not always used, but is often what is used most effectively.
Rehab as the End Result of Intervention
The overall objective is to get the person to agree to go into rehab. A rehab facility must be lined up and ready to receive the person or all the efforts may be in vain. If too much time goes by, the person can “block out” the emotional pleas of his family and friends and just be back in the same situation as before, claiming he is okay and he can “do it on his own” – when the person has probably said this many times before and it turned out to be untrue.
The treatment facility should not necessarily be close to home. It becomes too easy for the person to walk out and go right back to their lifestyle. If they have a bad day, it is much too easy to just leave the facility. Drug rehab centers are not lock-down. If the center is a good distance away, it is more of a deterrent to leaving. It may be more difficult for family to visit, but the addict needs to be concentrating on their recovery with few distractions, so it is not a bad thing.
Call Solution to Addiction to find out what centers would be good for your loved one, and to find effective interventionists who can assist in getting your loved one into recovery. Do it now before it is too late. Call us today at 1-800-343-0892.