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Drug InterventionAnchorage addicts often overlook the damage of their addictions. Though it can be impossible for outsiders to understand, the psychological effects of addiction actually change neural pathways in the brain. This results in a deeply damaged thought pattern that often prevents addicts from either understanding the severity of their situations or to make any meaningful or lasting behavioral changes. Many have to hit rock bottom to choose to get help. In some cases this requires a coordinated addiction intervention performed by loved ones and professional interventionists. Though difficult, and not always effective, in many cases these confrontations can serve as wake-up calls for Anchorage addicts.

How Interventions Work for Anchorage Residents

There are many kinds of interventions. Any time a person confronts an Anchorage resident about his drug use, that is an informal intervention. Addiction experts usually recommend that, if you are concerned about a loved one’s drug problem, approach the addict privately before organizing a group intervention. Formal, group interventions can be risky as they may result in increased relational distance. But, if personal confrontations have failed, sometimes the shock and awe of a group intervention can provide a breakthrough.

The ultimate point of an intervention is to force an addict to hear and understand the impact her drug use has on the people she loves. The most effective interventions involve a small group of people closely connected to the addict: relatives, a spouse and close friends, for instance. Attendants take turns discussing how the addiction affects them and what new boundaries will develop if the addict avoids help. Professional interventionists are an important part of the process for many Anchorage residents. Interventionists prepare the group, guide the conversation and can make sure that a follow-up plan for immediate rehab is in place. The objectivity of an outsider can help facilitate difficult conversations.

Planning an Intervention for an Anchorage Resident

It is important for the loved ones of an addict to plan carefully for any intervention. Not only must they be prepared to share the most salient and useful information with the addict, but they must also have a strong plan for all possible outcomes. If the addict agrees to get help, he should be sent for treatment immediately. This involves advance planning and preparation. Transportation, logistical details and even financial planning should all be lined up. Many addicts who have agreed to get treatment will renege on their commitment if given even one night. Likewise, if a person refuses to get help, there may need to be a range of relational boundaries established. Loved ones often inadvertently enable the addict to continue using by providing them a place to stay, finances or even food. In some cases tough love must be shown in order to help save an Anchorage addict’s life.

Anchorage Intervention Help

If you live in Anchorage and are considering an intervention, please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline. This is an important step. If you are going to do it, you should make sure to do it right. Call us today and let us help you in a variety of ways. We can even help confirm insurance coverage of treatment costs. Don’t wait, and don’t try to do this on your own. Recovery is almost always a team effort. We’re ready when you are.