Austin Drug and Alcohol Interventions
Drug use statistics for Texas as a whole show higher instances of methamphetamine use, heroin and other opiate use and benzodiazepine use in the past 5 years than at any other time before. Additionally, synthetic and psychoactive drugs including synthetic cannabinoids has spiked since 2014. Pair this with consistently growing use of alcohol and you have a real recipe for disaster — or at least for addiction. Often times, use of these types of substances leads to increased need for intervention — especially when a loved one is unable or unwilling to seek the help that he or she needs to get sober.
According to NIDA, alcohol use accounts for 3.3 million deaths every year and drug overdose accounts for over 50K deaths annually. Many of these deaths can be prevented either by seeking treatment or by seeking an interventionist to help you get a loved one to accept treatment. If you believe that someone you care about in Austin needs an intervention, don’t be afraid to call for help.
Why Choose an Intervention?
Intervention provides the user a chance to learn about his or her substance abuse from a third party that can be objective. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “it relies on the premise that advice from an expert has been shown to promote change.” What this means is that an intervention is a good choice to help a loved one get into treatment because research shows that addicts are often more accepting of advice from an expert versus advice from someone close to them such as friends or family.
What is the Role of an Austin Interventionist?
When you meet with an interventionist, their role is to help you, the family members and loved ones of an addict, to define the goals of the intervention—what is it that you expect to happen during the intervention process? What will you do to make sure that your loved one seeks help? How has your loved one’s drug or alcohol use created a burden or impact on YOUR life and how is it impacting his or her life?
The intervention process will go something like this:
• The interventionist will explain your role in the intervention process.
• The interventionist will act as the liaison between you and your loved one who is addicted.
• The goal will be to first recommend quitting, and then to provide specific medical and personal reasons IF the individual doesn’t accept treatment right away.
• The interventionist will educate the user on the risks of using even in small amounts, what will happen if he or she does not choose treatment and what the next steps in the recovery process are.
• If the intervention is unsuccessful, the interventionist will provide the family members and loved ones with support options to help them heal.
Find an Interventionist in Austin Today
Are you ready to get help for your loved one? Don’t allow drug or alcohol addiction to ruin another day of his or her life. A professional interventionist in Austin can help you define a recovery goal for your loved one and encourage him or her to accept treatment help.