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Drugs and alcohol intervention in Ohio

Drug intervention Ohio

Drug Intervention is the first and one the most crucial steps to recovery.

The very first thing is to locate the proper treatment for the individual. When the addict is willing to go to rehab, it is simply time to go, not time to find one. This is a vital point of the intervention. In the section Rehabilitation is information on how to find one. Remember it is important to have everything ready.

What is the ruin of the addict?

The addict has things in his/her past or present that seems like a devastating event which in most situations pertains to drugs. An example is a person that has lost his best friend due to drug use. Another is a child being affected or wife/husband leaving one another due to drugs.  Many close relations to the individual will see millions of reasons why drug and alcohol use is ruing there life, they should stop, but sadly the addict does not see these reasons as REAL.  Although there will be problems the addict encounters that are real or significant in the addicts life, which he/she will see as a potential reason to stop using. Those reasons must be identified to be put in play at the intervention for a nudge to get the addict to agree with treatment. What pressures does the addict feel now?

What pressures does the addict feel now?

Addicts try to defend every effect that drugs have over their life.  An example may include a lack of income, serious health problems, lost relations or termination of employment.  Although these dilemmas may occur, the addict will likely remain positive about their situation. Many users experience life threatening overdoses and continue to do drugs as if nothing happened.  This may not appear rational to non-users but is only a small part of the learning process and pain for the addict.

The addict continually spirals in and out of the notion of seeking help, either professionally or not, and added pressure may contribute to uninterrupted use.

A variety of situations may lead the addict to seek help.  Situations which may include; legal charges, potential loss of spouse/friend, and dismissal of employment etc. Often times no amount of pressure will force the addict into seeking aid, although in rare occasions the addict is forced into doing so, due to an overwhelming need to solve a problem.  Many non-users may feel that an addict is only reaching out for help because the addict feels it is expected of them, which in some cases may be true.  But the fact remains that the addict will only go through with treatment if close relation pushes him/her out of their “addiction comfort zone”, thereby forcing them to make a decision.  Addicts, who can access money, hang out with fellow users; have a place to live and no legal problems feel they don’t require help.   It is important to make these individuals realize that they have a problem, especially when attempting intervention.

Who should be there?

An important condition regarding intervention is choosing who will reside when it is mentioned to the user. This subject should be planned very carefully. The number of people present is less important than who attends. If at all possible, the person with whom the addict has the closest relationship with should be there.

The aforementioned person is considered to be an opinion leader to the addict, and needs to voice their opinion of getting the user help, as well as ensuring they are well informed with the actual agenda. 

As many people who have close relations to the addict should be present.  The only stipulation is that no member of the intervention be antagonistic regarding the actual treatment or actions of the addict.  All members of the intervention team should agree that the addict requires help, and be in compliance with the agenda of the intervention itself.

Often times personal issues surface at the time of interventions conception.  Arguments that become agitating and disturbing to the addict should be avoided.  These factors will not help in the matter at hand which remains GETTING THE ADDICT HELP.  Often personal arguments result in the focus being misplaced, and the whole process comes to a stalemate because of personal issues.

Many people involved in interventions hire professional intervention counsellors to take charge in the intervention proceedings.  Although this may be advisable in some circumstances, it is not always necessary.  It revolves around individual circumstances largely.  An example is the user completely denying drug use.  Factors such as this need to be considered significantly before seeking outside assistance.

Intervention participants MUST consider seeking support in establishing who should be present at the intervention due to the fact that it is an essential factor.

When is the appropriate time?

An intervention should be appropriate to the addict’s personal struggles and not revolve around the family/friends schedule.

The most appropriate time for an intervention is usually right after a major mishap occurs in the addict’s personal life.  An example includes an arrest, termination of employment, physical abuse (rape/assault) etc.  Another reason could include social services removing a child from the addicts care.  Other examples include the user being caught for lying, cheating, or stealing.  You want to ensure that intervention doesn’t take too long to commence.  Most often the appropriate time is when the addict is depressed and feels as if the world is crumbling around them.

If a person is considering an intervention for a loved one, they should consider being close to the addict daily so every move is known.  This way there is no way the addict can hide their addiction. An intervention can be successful if the addict is under close supervision, and the addict is unable to deny their problem.

Consider the time when the addict is sober.  With substances as cocaine and methamphetamine etc. the time after the addict has had major sleep is good.  With heroin or methadone or opiate substances it would be during there come down, withdrawal period. In either case attempting an intervention while a person is high will not be prospering because the addict cannot see many of their problems and their attention will be focused elsewhere.

Bottom line, timing of the intervention is key and needs thorough planning but on the same notion keep in mind that an addict’s life is very unpredictable and opportunities will arise frequently.

What is the general language or message?

The tone during confronting the addict should be of concern. The intention should be very clear and firm.

“We love you, we've always loved you, we'll never stop loving you but we're not willing to watch you kill yourself with drugs".

The family should not sympathize with the addict, only express concern. Sympathy is a form of agreement and can back fire by justifying the addiction.

Without the addict feeling no fear or anger should “get” from all present that everyone is on the same page of him/her receiving treatment. Stay clear from family problems, stories or life troubles get in the way of the objective of the addict going to treatment. This is why family preparation with well informed persons pays off during intervention.

What is Plan B?

An intervention that is held with proper planning and organized properly will increase the results of the addict going to treatment.  Unfortunately at times the addict for any reason may so “NO” .  In this case the intervention team must advance to plan -b immediately.

Remember if the addict says no, the addict is still has an addiction and ultimately from statistics show the addict will get worse not better. What should be the action taken by the family at this point? The family’s message after this point is critical.

Now the addict has just refused treatment therefore, summing it up by really saying to everyone “I am continuing to use drugs.  I don’t care if I am hurting the family.  I will control my own life.”  The family at that time would reply with every word and action taken.  The family will say “I understand, now please leave and don’t expect any money or support any longer in anyway, unless you agree to help.”

The addict is then left to take care of himself, which apparently they are unable to do.  Around this time a person close to the addict DECIDES that treatment is indeed necessary, and ensures all participants are is accordance.  If noone voices their concern regarding the addicts actions, the addict will continue to abuse drugs, believing that his actions are okay.  At this point intervention is much more difficult to achieve and even more resistance will blockade the intervention team, when the time has come to act.

There are risks involved with any approach to intervention and all aspects should be evaluated clearly beforehand. The only constant is that if the addict continues to abuse drugs, they risk their very existence.

The addict needs to realize that they require help with their addiction.  Most “locked down” approaches to intervention do not work because of the addict’s small role in the recovery. The only way an addict can usually fight against the addiction is when enough external pressure is applied to cause them to decide to quit. Many call this "rock bottom".  Obviously some points in the addict’s life are lower than others, but each can contribute to the addict seeking help and make a person quit drugs. It just depends on what happens when the person is there. Whatever the situation, it is apparent that the addict needs to want to be helped.  Also the intervention team needs to both spot the incident and use it to achieve treatment.  If not the opportunity is missed and the waiting game starts all over again.

As of October 31, 2004, there were 28,024 full-time law enforcement authorities state-wide(19,589 officers and 8,435 civilians).

Several drug trafficking groups exist and operate in Ohio with no one group as the major distributor. The most important drug trafficking organizations in this area consist of Jamaican and Hispanic (Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, and Mexicans) traffickers. Mexican criminal organizations transport cocaine into the state from California and Chicago. Dominican criminal organizations transport cocaine from the New York City region. Cuban criminal organizations based in southern Florida and Jamaican criminal organizations based in Los Angeles and New York City transport cocaine into Northern Ohio. Houston Texas also is responsible for important amounts of cocaine transported into Ohio. Outlaw motorcycle clubs, other ethnic-based organizations and street gangs are also involved in drug trafficking activities in this area.

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