Addiction is a terrible disease. When someone has cancer, everyone is sympathetic and loved ones are at the ready to provide support in any way that they can. Addiction, however, leaves many people angry and unwilling or unable to see the problem for what it is. Educating yourself about addiction is essential if you care about an addict. First, that will enable you to understand the addict’s actions and respond in a manner that is more sympathetic and healthier for both of you. Then, if you so choose, it will prepare you to stage an intervention.
The addict about whom you care is coping with changes to his brain and nervous system that will be with him for the rest of his life. The first thought you have to conquer in order to help your loved one is that the addict should be able to change if he wants it enough. Just as you can’t will a cancer out of your body, you cannot will the neurological pathways involved in addiction to re-form or re-direct in any short interval of time.
There may be physical withdrawal involved in getting clean, and neither you nor the addict is equipped to deal with that on your own. Depending on the substance, the user could be risking death by going cold turkey. Though that is extreme, more common aspects of withdrawal are shaking, sweating, sleeplessness, inability to handle food, depression, anxiety or paranoia, and physical pain. In some cases, an addict in withdrawal may be a danger to himself or to you without even realizing it, striking out physically because of anger or paranoia.
Begin the Journey to Recovery with an Intervention
For treatment to be safe and successful, it must begin in a facility with doctors who can treat both the physical and psychological components of the disease. If the addict in your life has shown no desire to begin this process, an intervention is the best thing you can do. This site includes a number of resources to educate yourself about interventions and the subsequent treatments that your loved one will need.
From how to plan it and what to say during the intervention to what costs to expect and what forms treatment can take, you can learn more and be better able to help. If someone you love in Tennessee needs addiction help, call 888-371-5722. You are not on your own any more – our experts will help you find an interventionist to help you stage an intervention and consider the treatment and rehabilitation options best suited to your particular case.