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How Can Substance Abuse Interventions Help Your Family?

If you are struggling with a loved one in active addiction, you may  feel overwhelmed and powerless. Their addiction is escalating and you are worried about their future. You may have mustered the courage to confront them about their substance abuse, only to be met with lies and denial. Now, more than ever, you need help. Not only in finding a reliable substance abuse treatment center, but in convincing your loved one that treatment is the right decision for their growing addiction.

An intervention is a planned event where loved ones convey their message of love and concern to someone who is actively abusing drugs and alcohol. This event can be hosted by a loved one or an interventionist. The most effective interventions are often structured to defuse potential problems and offer quick and direct solutions when it comes to getting them into treatment before they use again.

Unfortunately, convincing a loved one to embrace sobriety is not that easy and often drives the person to leave frustrated and looking to get high. To ensure an intervention goes well, families will look to a professional interventionist to plan, guide, and arrange for their loved one to go to drug and alcohol rehab.

Not only does an intervention offer a solution of seeking substance abuse treatment, but it also provides closure to family members. Interventions can be the first step in healing family relationships that may have been stretch thin due to the loved ones destructive behaviors in active addiction. In many ways, an intervention is the first step toward a healthy lifestyle in recovery.

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How Do I Know If My Loved One is Doing Drugs & Abusing Alcohol?

The worry and fear you may be feeling about your loved one’s drug and alcohol abuse may be keeping you up at night. Your mind may drift to the worst scenarios, fueling your suspicion of the drug they are using or the level of their abuse.

You may smell something suspicious, notice odd secluded behavior, become too aggressive or defensive over simple questions about their day, overindulging in alcohol too often; trust your instinct. You know your loved one better than anyone, and if you believe they are suffering from drug or alcohol abuse, you may be up late at night feeling as though you can’t do anything.

In general, drugs and alcohol are an outlet. Whether it is a self-medicating  coping mechanism due to stress, or a need to fit in or let loose; noticing these changes in their life is a good indicator that they could be abusing drugs for a reason.

Other key indicators of excessive drug & alcohol abuse are secretive behavior, hiding their phones, short or snippy answers to questions about daily activities, withholding information regarding plans or lying about their whereabouts or social circle, drug-seeking behaviors like stealing or sneaking aroun, or physical changes like needle marks or blood shot eyes. If your gut is telling you something is off, trust yourself.

What Do I Do Next? Do I Need an Intervention?

You may have confronted your loved one about their drug or Alcohol abuse, only to be met with lies and denial. Their denial and anger may have left you feeling overwhelmed and powerless. If so, you should seriously consider using an intervention.

An intervention is a planned event where loved ones convey their message of love and concern to someone who is actively abusing drugs and Alcohol.  The most effective interventions are often structured to defuse potential problems and offer quick and direct solutions when it comes to helping the addict receive help. This event can be hosted by a loved one or by a professional interventionist.

An interventionist is an intervention specialists that is trained to defuse the potential for aggression and remind your loved one that you are worried for them. It’s not a time to blame them for walking this dangerous path of addiction. Unfortunately, convincing a loved one to embrace sobriety is not that easy; when confronted, some may leave frustrated and upset, which can cause them to run to either drugs or Alcohol.

To ensure an intervention goes well, families will look to an intervention specialist to help them plan, guide, and arrange for their loved one to go to drug and alcohol rehab that is reputable, effective, and worth investing in. Check out ABT’s 7 Step Guide to Hosting an Intervention to help your loved one see their substance abuse problem.

An intervention not only offers a solution of seeking substance abuse treatment, but it also provides closure to family members. It can be the first step in healing family relationships that may have been stretched thin due to their escalated abuse. In many ways, an intervention is the first step toward a healthy lifestyle in recovery.

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Why Can’t My Loved One Just Stop?

When experimentation with a substance becomes an addiction, your loved one cannot just stop all of a sudden. When your brain becomes dependent on a substance, the chemical composition changes, forcing the body to need the substance, either drugs or alcohol, just to operate on a normal level. When one stops all of a sudden, it leaves the body vulnerable to dangerous side effects.

If one stops using cold turkey, it leaves their body vulnerable against the absence of their drug of choice and they would go into withdrawals. They can have hallucinations of insects crawling on them, nausea, vomiting, and intense seizures. Depending on their drug of choice, they may become suicidal due to disrupted brain chemistry. Sweating, shivers, and convulsions could cause them to do anything to get the drugs they need, and organ failure can occur depending on their drug of choice.

This bodily function breakdown has made the strongest of people cave in and give their loved ones cash to calm the withdrawal symptoms. No one wants, or likes to see their loved one suffer. Many struggle with withdrawals, and each time they cave in, it makes the next time harder to get clean and sober. The fear of the pain from withdrawals will keep many people abusing drug and alcohol; a part of them feels defeated and hopeless, no matter their efforts.

This is why we highly encourage going into a medical detox center, rehabs that have a detox fecility, or a hospitalized detox. We recommend watching the video that talks about the addicted brain to get a better understanding of everything.

Stepping Up to Save Their Life

Healing the whole person and not just the addiction should be the main goal when investing in long-lasting treatment. With relapse rates so high, having comprehensive treatment changes the person’s perspective of why they pick up the bottle or turn to turn to drugs to solve their problems.

Having professionals evaluate each client’s addiction ensures they are receiving the proper treatment. A Better Today believes this level of care must be life changing and individualized, and it’s what makes ABT’s approach to substance abuse treatment so effective.

Assessing ‘Treatment Success Rate’ is a top priority at ABT. As a premier substance abuse treatment center, ABT is fully committed to measuring, analyzing, and improving the positive effects our treatment programs have on the life outcomes of our clients.

Having options like inpatient and intensive outpatient program (IOP) is important, because each person’s experience with addiction is different. A Better Today understands that considering and investing in substance abuse treatment is not cheap.

That is why we pride ourselves on the level of care we offer to ensure your investment encourages long lasting recovery. Whether you choose an inpatient program or an outpatient program, the important thing is that your loved one gets the help they need.

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After an ABT 90-day treatment program, clients were 129% more likely to be entirely abstinent from intoxicants.

Investing in Long -Lasting Treatment or Their Growing Addiction Problem: Who is Really Paying For the Drugs & Booze?

No one ever wants to grow up to be a addicted to drugs or Alcohol. Experimentation with drugs and alcohol starts as a recreational thing with recreational funds. Partying with Cocaine, hanging out and smoking marijuana with friends, popping Adderall to cram for a final exam, and the ever popular college growing pains of binge drinking to fit in; these scenarios are what keep a loved one up at night.

It only makes you think, who is really paying for their growing addiction and how long before you really notice the effect before it is out of control?
Are they spending all their recreational money on drugs and bottles of booze?
Has their experimenting with mind altering substances now taking up most of their paycheck?
Or as a loved one, are you really paying for their drugs and alcohol and not really knowing it?
And in some cases, how long before they start stealing, dealing, or struggling to keep up with their cravings?


Watching your loved one go down this path of addiction is painstakingly difficult and costly. A Better Today understands the difficult choices you have to make when watching your loved one spiral out of control. Financing and affording quality treatment should not be one of those difficult decisions you have to make.

Your Options for Financing Substance Abuse Treatment

When you finally had enough of the torment that comes with substance abuse, getting your loved one the resources they need for long-lasting treatment should not be what stops someone from getting their life back. That is what A Better Today believes and we are willing to help you as much as possible, because what we are really talking about is saving a life, not investing in a car.

When paying for drug and alcohol treatment you have options. Substance abuse treatment is an investment in a better future for your loved one. Instead of watching them sell everything they own, along with their morality, take action now before the drug seeking behavior of substance abuse takes control of their life.

Insurance Coverage

These days everyone must have some form of health insurance. Not many people really know what is covered and what is not as the policies that people sign up for are often confusing or littered with medical jargon. A Better Today is happy to tell you that substance abuse is covered by most medical insurance plans.

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008 states that group health plans and health insurance companies must provide the same level of benefits for mental and substance abuse treatment services that they do for medical and surgical care. The Affordable Care Act expands the MHPAEA’s requirements by guaranteeing that qualified plans cover many behavioral health services and treatments.

Coverage of Most Substance Abuse Treatment Insurance Plans:

Detoxification: Medical
Residential Treatment Care (RTC): Medical, Clinical/Therapy, Room & Board
Partially Hospitalization Plan (PHP): Continued Medical, Clinical/Therapy
Intensive Outpatient (IOP): Medical, Clinical/Therapy

Financing

Saving lives and healing families; that is the foundation of what A Better Today is built upon as it should be for every drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. We are talking about second chances at a fulfilling life, someone’s daughter or son suffering in active addiction. We are talking about people, neighbors, friends, or family struggling with a disease that only gets worse with neglect. We are talking about lives that once had purpose and ambition. With A Better Today, there will always be a way, method, or option for helping people get the treatment they need to be productive members of society.

If you qualify for a payment plan, there is a 2 to 3-year commitment available. With the right budgeting and support from family and our addiction specialists, we can find a way for your loved one to get clean and start living their life again. No one should have to spend their life time feeding an addiction. Talk to one of our addiction specialists to explore all the options for long lasting treatment.

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