Drug Abuse Treatments

Written by Christa Gatewood
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The first step to getting treatment for drug abuse is acknowledging that there is a problem. This is not as easy as it might seem. Substance abuse usually starts as a recreational activity or as occasional usage. The using then gets out of hand and uncontrolled. Often users do not feel that they are out of control, and will not admit that they have a problem. What do you do if an addict won't seek treatment?

When you want to bring an addiction to someone's attention, an intervention is the only way. One person can do an intervention or a group of people can team up for an intervention. If you want to talk to someone about their addiction and the effect it is having on your life and his/her life, there are some strategies you should employ.

Getting a Drug Addict Into Treatment

First of all, you have to tell the truth. Families and friends often cover for their loved one's addiction. The addict needs to be able to experience consequences for their actions. Timing an intervention is also important. Most experts advocate having an intervention shortly after a negative incident that was caused by the addict. This allows you to be specific about the problems the addiction is causing by referencing this incident and others. You should be clear with the addict about what will happen if he/she does not seek help, but be sure you are prepared to back up any threats you make. Finally, you should have already done the necessary research about treatment and have that information ready. That way should the addict agree, treatment can start immediately.

If you think a group intervention would be more appropriate, you should seek the advice and presence of an addiction counselor. Group interventions should not be attempted independently because it can do more damage than good. Having the support of friends can be valuable, but you don't want the addict to feel ganged up on and get defensive.

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