There are various types of interventions needed in Michigan, including whether someone is an adolescent or an adult, if they have legal problems, whether they’ve been to treatment before, and an endless list of other situations. It’s not as simple as just giving the person who needs treatment and ultimatum, and forcing them into treatment isn’t usually the best way to go. It often takes the experience of a professional interventionist to get the best outcome.
Some family members may dismiss the signs of addiction in their loved ones, thinking that the person may be simply going through a phase that will pass with time. Teens and younger adults may experiment with substances and get caught up in a number of influences, experiences and feelings that start to escalate out of their control.
When to Intervene
Oftentimes people in Michigan who need an intervention for their substance abuse problems are being supported financially by family members, including living in their home, eating their food, driving a car for free, etc. There are also many other forms of enabling that continue to occur, usually with the best of intentions, even though they are misguided.
The intervention cannot be one where the focus is on the negative consequences associated with their actions. It is important to stay more positive with the intention of having them get the help they need. Even if or when it comes time to impose some form of sanctions such as withdrawing financial support, they should understand it is because you’re not going to contribute to their destructive behavior any longer. It is not punishment, it is eliminating the enabling.
A rebellious younger person could take the opportunity if pushed too much to during an intervention to demonstrate that they don’t have to listen to anyone. The situation must be handled very carefully to avoid a power struggle between the family members and the addict. The goal is to get the them appropriate treatment without them simply refusing the cooperate.
Interventionist Can Help Them to Accept Help
For this reason, families dealing with a loved one in Michigan who has a substance abuse issue should consult with a professional interventionist. Someone outside the family has a better chance of connecting with them in a non-judgmental way. Many people working as interventionists in Michigan are themselves people who are recovering addicts or alcoholics. They have the ability to speak with them on their level and share similar experiences.
Sometimes having someone who truly understands what their going through is enough to be the key that leads a them to agree to get the help they need.
How Many Interventions are Needed in Michigan
Less than 50,000 people in Michigan who have an alcohol problem receive the help they need each year, which is just about 8%. This means there are roughly 400,000 more who need some form of treatment but are not receiving it. Additionally, there are about 40,000 in Michigan who receive help for drug problems, but that is less than 20% of those who need it. leaving about 200,000 more.
Interventions are one of the best ways to help close this treatment gap. There are far too many people who need help but don’t go to treatment because the right interventions weren’t used. If you have a loved one on need of help in Michigan, contact us today.