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At what point does an intervention/rehab visit become necessary?

Discussion in 'Questions About Treatment' started by Fury, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. Fury

    Fury Member

    Curious, genuinely don't know. Would be nice to know, though I don't think rehab is the right option for me right now.
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  2. gypsyangel

    gypsyangel Member

    I wish someone would have done an intervention on my many, many years ago. It would have saved me alot of money, heartache, broken homes, and abandoned children. I thank God today, that I crawled up the ladder and was able to get all my precious things back after 10 years. But to answer your question, I think rehab and intervention becomes necessary when, in fact, your life becomes unmanageable and you don't care about yourself or your loved ones. It's when the only thing you think about and care about is the next drink or drug. If in doubt, keep talking to the right people to steer you in the right direction.
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  3. Jen S.

    Jen S. Guest

    Here's a list of signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse.
    In general, I'd say whenever someone is using a substance to the point of putting their safety/health at risk OR to the point of causing problems in other areas of their life. It's important for me to mention there are many substances and side effects of even recreationally experimenting with them that can kill people before they are ever physically dependent/full blown addicted to them.
  4. Nikki S

    Nikki S Member

    I think interventions are a tricky thing. On the one hand, they become necessary if you see a loved one slowly killing themselves with drugs or alcohol. On the other hand, if an addict isn't ready to get clean, I feel like interventions can create unrealistic expectations for the family. I blame that on TV. All those intervention shows made the process look so simple - when it's anything but.

    For me, my family did confront my drug use...and I lied out my butt to convince them they had it all wrong. I had to come to a point of "rock bottom" on my own. I don't think that's something another person can create for you. I had to lose it all before I was really serious about my own recovery. Before that point, it was everyone else wanting me to get clean. Once it was ME who wanted ME to get clean, I was unstoppable. That fire, in my opinion, is what drives us to sobriety. And we all have that fire burning inside. When you're willing to accept help, you'll be surprised to see how many people are willing to support you. Remember this one thing: none of us are in this alone.
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  5. Joseph

    Joseph Community Organizer Community Listener

    Hi Fury, this is a great question and one I think many of us have to ask at some point or another. Is rehab right for me? Or, is an intervention for a loved one to get them into treatment a good option? This of course isn't a decision to be weighed lightly.

    I just finished reading a really good book called Inside Rehab that I wish I would have read before I made my own choices with rehab. It's an in-depth look at the pros and cons from both the patient and practitioners' perspectives. I loved its objective approach to the subject. I think it's a great read for families exploring the option, or substance abusers themselves.

    Ultimately, I would say if you are questioning your need to go to rehab, or facilitate the sending of a loved one to rehab, then it sounds like you've identified you or they might have an issue, which is a great first step. Now, it's important that you become educated about your/their options and determine an appropriate path toward recovery from whatever you/they are dealing with.

    I would recommend taking the first step of getting an assessment done to determine if treatment is the right option for you. Beginning with your doctor is a good place to start. If it's for a family member sometimes an assessment can be arranged without having to organize an intervention. Interventions are often a last ditch approach to convincing a substance abuser that their actions are causing a ripple effect and that they need help.

    But I can't stress the importance of researching your options and various treatment approaches on your own so you'll have better odds of a successful recovery. Please feel free to provide more info and we'll do our best to give you some additional resources.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2014
  6. AFKATafcar

    AFKATafcar Community Champion

    I think there's a difference between when an intervention becomes necessary and when it's the right time. Plenty of people that need an intervention respond so poorly to it that it causes more harm than good. It depends on each person, and interventions work to varying degrees, depending on countless circumstances and factors. It's a tricky situation, and loved ones shouldn't rush to immediately hold an intervention for a given person, unless it's absolutely an emergency.
  7. maryannballeras

    maryannballeras Senior Contributor

    I think an intervention/rehab becomes necessary when you start feeling that the substance is already taking over your life and if it's already risking your health or taking your loved ones away from you. You better not wait until it gets worse -- get help.
  8. vennybunny

    vennybunny Member

    I think the usual way of interventions have a lot to improve. The person usually doesn't know about the intervention until he or she is already there, and that may cause them to go into a defensive mood. I think honesty and openness would make interventions much more effective. Instead of tricking them into coming, maybe tell them why their families or friends want to talk to them. That way, they can still feel like they have a say in the situation. Feeling powerless can be a very big hindrance to recovery, and I feel like an intervention, while effective, can also cause problems when not done right.
  9. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    What makes you say that? Have you thoroughly assessed your level of addiction? I am not doubting your capabilities but have you ever heard of the saying "better burn it now than curse it then"? You should go to rehab as early as now lest it be too late for you once you enter it. The earlier you get treated (no matter the depth of your addiction), the sooner you avoid future complications which may drain you or your family's financial resources. You have to think about your future and act as early as today.
  10. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    I think that when we reach a no return point is when rehab becomes necessary, it's common sense, our life is out of control, drugs or alcohol are in charge in our life and we aren't, in that point we need to fight to get our life back.
  11. popcorn365

    popcorn365 Member

    I completely agree with this. I think blindsiding someone with a problem is the fastest way to push them further down the rabbit hole. There is a reason people say honesty is the best policy. I also don't think interventions should force the person to come to you. If you have a problem with someone's addiction and want to help, go to them. Don't make them come to you. That adds an even more uncomfortable factor to the mix and is a bad idea!
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  12. vennybunny

    vennybunny Member

    As someone who as been on the receiving end of an intervention, it is definitely much more unpleasant if it is not in a place you are comfortable with, like someone else's house. Very good idea, coming into their environment instead of making them come into an unfamiliar one. :)
  13. shilpa123

    shilpa123 Member

    When you are too into drugs and alcohol , and there is northing else you would consider to be more important in your life, then rehab becomes very important. It is really sad when such a thing happens and these drugs and alcohol is something that you cannot live without. Basically when you become a hardcore addict and you think about nothing else other than these drugs, then you must start thinking about going to rehab.
  14. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    Like you say shilpa, if we are at that point we need to make a choice, to continue deeper and deeper in a not return road or try to come back to life.
  15. tasha

    tasha Community Listener Community Listener

    If you feel that you have a problem and you cannot do without the drugs or alcohol then rehab is definitely an option!!!! You cannot do it on your own and the detox process is not pleasant for anyone around you. Going to rehab will help you and your family as well as give you the support that you need from others that understand what you will be going through.
  16. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    One must hit the bottom to feel the need for rehab, hitting the bottom is really an eye opener that will give us the motivation to change our life.
  17. Gelsemium

    Gelsemium Community Champion

    You might be right Igo, but I think that many people are not aware they need rehab until they hit the bottom, it's just a fact of life.
  18. stagsonline

    stagsonline Active Contributor

    After having several relapses, I would recommended that you go for rehab. Most people think that quiting alcohol especially after many years of drinking is easy. It's not, unless you have moral support and feel motivated by people going through the same problem. In case you feel that there is no other option to help you stop drinking, rehab could be the road to an alcohol-free life. Early intervention is advisable so as to help you get back to a normal life without many challenges.
  19. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    I think the critical point wherein you'd know that you need help is when you can't control your habit anymore and it's starting to affect your life negatively. I know of many alcohol drinkers and drug takers that don't take it too far and instead just take these substances for recreational use, either during nights after work or on weekends, and they are still able to talk to their families, play with their children and still help with the management of their own and their family's lives. I think when a person starts ignoring his own and his family's life in favor of his or her substance of choice, then it may be a good time to look into getting some help.
  20. Determined2014

    Determined2014 Senior Contributor

    I believe when alcohol or drugs become the pillar of your life, when you can not do anything without them, when sobber you feel like you could harm anyone just to get the money to go get high again, at that point , you then need rehab.