There is no way around it, drinking is a social activity. If that’s not obvious to you, just try telling your social circle you have quit (or are thinking about giving it up). Their response will reveal what’s going on here. Silence. Subdued encouragement. Passive alienation. Hidden resentment. Open aggression. What’s going on here? The problem is easy: you giving up booze messes with their lives.
False Social Life FoundationIt actually has very little to do with you or your decision. Never mind the fact that alcohol was killing you and alienating your family and bringing you to the brink of
Deciding to go into detox and treatment for a drug or alcohol use disorder is a profound, life-changing decision. This is the point where someone suffering with addiction to drugs or alcohol can finally take stock and begin to turn their life around. Friends and family often want to support their loved one in this early stage of their journey but aren’t sure how. There are numerous things loved ones can do to support someone entering residential detox, both during their treatment and after they have taken the next step. Here are a few of them.
Be Emotionally SupportiveBefore a person enters
“Don’t let the fear of what could happen make nothing happen.”
It’s human nature to avoid pain and seek pleasure. We sit on the comfortable chair rather than stand. We put off doing our term paper until the last minute. We eat the piece of cake rather than go to the gym. People who have developed an addiction to drugs or alcohol may know this the best. It is one of the driving forces in the life of an addict: to seek pleasure in order to numb our pain. Of course, simultaneously, this reveals the real suffering deep inside. The
Language is important. How we see things, their importance, and their influence is directly connected to what we name them. Where addiction is concerned, the stigma of the disease is often enough to keep a person from seeking treatment. Admitting to struggling with addiction means a person is akin to putting themselves at risk of losing their job, their family, the respect of their community, and more. Even though it is a disease, the possible disgrace of being labeled an “addict” is a heavy burden. This one reason to begin to change our language. Beyond that, the better we define addiction, the better
Quick Look: How to Conduct an Intervention:
- Have an overarching plan in mind with concrete steps
- Establish specific talking points before intervening
- Carry out an accurate information collection process
- Always have a follow-through plan