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Approaching An Intervention

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Approaching An Intervention

If someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, chances are, you are feeling a wide variety of emotions. It is not uncommon to feel frustrated, angry, and helpless when a loved one is struggling with addiction. Addiction is a dangerous disease that can truly wreck havoc on an addict’s life and have a profoundly negative impact on their behavior.

When a person is struggling with addiction, they may effectively become a “different person,” and often will become very angry or defensive when confronted about their drug or alcohol use. For this reason, many people experience anxiety about how exactly to approach a loved one about their addiction. Here are a few useful tips on how to successfully stage an intervention for a loved one.

Seek the Help of a Professional Interventionist

It is not advisable to stage an intervention without seeking the support of a professional. There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, a professional interventionist is very experienced with different kinds of interventions and can give you an idea of what kinds of behaviors you may expect to encounter when you confront your lived one about their intervention.

This can help prevent you from coming across any surprises during what is an already trying situation. An interventionist is also a valuable resource because they are not emotionally invested in the addict’s behavior and can act as a calm and rational moderator who can keep the discussion on track during the intervention. This can be very useful if an intervention becomes very heated or emotional.

Make A Written List Of The Ways In Which Your Loved One’s Behavior Has Impacted You

It is very important that all parties involved bear in mind what the purpose of an intervention is: to help make an addict aware of the way that their addiction and their addictive behavior is affecting the people in their life. This is not a time for blame or anger.

It is very easy, however, to lose sight of the intention of an intervention when emotions run high, so making a list ahead of time of everything you would like to say can help make sure that you avoid statements that come from a place of anger. Most importantly, the subject of the intervention must answer some questions sincerely. Reality does not always set in at the onset of the intervention, and time must pass for the subject to come to full grips with reality regarding their addiction.

Talk To Others Who May Have Been Affected By Your Loved One’s Addiction

Chances are there are a number of people in your loved one’s life who are being affected by their behavior. Approach the people who you believe may also be interested in attending an intervention. Once you know who would like to be in attendance, tell everyone who is interested that they may join you when you visit the professional interventionist so that the whole group may strategize together. Approaching others should always come, however, from a place of helping the addict and not gossiping about them.

Assess When The Best Time And Place For An Intervention Is

Ideally, an intervention should occur at a place where an addict feels that they are in a safe place and will not feel threatened. It is very likely that an addict may become angry or defensive at the onset of an intervention, so choosing a location where they feel safe can help minimize feelings of vulnerability on the part of the addict.

It is also preferable that the addict be sober at the time of the intervention so that they can process the information that is being given to them as calmly and rationally as possible. For many addicts, mornings are the time when they may be most likely to be sober. If you live with an addict, take not of the moments they seem to be sober.

An Opportunity to Change Your Life

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by The Gooden Center No Comments

There are numerous drug and alcohol addiction facilities located throughout the United States and all of them offer people a safe environment in which they can understand the disease of addiction. Clients slowly change through the acceptance of their issues and handle them in a healthy manner by gaining the proper tools to do so while in treatment.

The Best Treatment Facilities

The help from a treatment center is really the best help that people can get. This is in part to the fact that it is staffed with professionals who have years of experience in the recovery from addiction. From years of experience and understanding, the staff understands that every person has had their own experience. This also means that their journey to recovery will be their own as well. One integral part to treatment that is focused on is the family unit.

Surrounded by Many

No one that is struggling with addiction issues should have to deal with them alone, they are more than likely already experiencing mixed emotions and feelings surrounding being alone, desperation, and misunderstanding. More often than not, drug and alcohol abuse stem from a long line of family history or traumatic experiences that have not been properly addressed.

Helping Thousands

Every Los Angeles treatment center is proud to say that they have helped thousands of people learn how to live a sober lifestyle. Through intensive group and individual therapy sessions, many people throughout the program, as well as, their family members decide to continue utilizing the therapeutic services well after the program has been completed.

We do not just help people for a short amount of time; we look to make a life-long impact. Through understanding and properly addressing issues while talking them out and equipping people with the proper coping mechanisms, each and every person that takes part of the recovery process will grow and heal in one way or another.

Rehab should not be thought of as a punishment, it is a very nurturing environment where people can learn to love themselves and bloom into the beautiful individuals that they are without drugs and or alcohol.

Recovery Literature’s Ties To The Bible

Posted on: July 7th, 2014 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Recovering from addiction is a transformative process during which a recovering addict grows tremendously as a person by strengthening their spirit.

Recovery is by no means an easy process and most addicts turn to a higher power when they are ready to face the challenges that lie ahead as they work to find answers to facing the triggers and the emotional roller coaster that can be getting sober.

It is no surprise, then that much recovery literature is based in the bible or borrows biblical ideas in order to bring strength and peace to a recovering addict. Here are a fews ways that recovery literature incorporates biblical quotes and ideas.

Twelve Step Programs and the Bible

One reason that so many pieces of recovery literature include biblical references is that twelve step programs, which many recovering addicts of all kinds turn to when they are in the process of recovering, incorporates faith in a higher power into their core principles. The second step of a twelve step speaks of “Com(ing) to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore our sanity.”

While people from a wide variety of spiritual backgrounds may join a twelve step program, the one thing that they all have in common is a concept of some kind of God. This is because belief in God allows a recovering addict to recognize that with faith they will be able to accomplish tasks that at one point seemed insurmountable. A belief in God also allows a recovering addict to fulfill the wishes set out in the Serenity Prayer:

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”

Religion and Recovery Go Hand In Hand

Popular recovery authors like Edward Welch and Roland J. Coleman incorporate Christianity into their writing because there are so many ways in which the teachings of Christianity so closely match the lessons that are to be learned in recovery. The Bible contains many passages that remind a recovering addict of the importance of faith and understanding that the Lord has a plan for everyone.

There are many lessons in the Bible about getting through troubling times by remaining focused on the thing that will carry anyone through an intense struggle: a relationship with the Lord. The Bible also teaches many lessons about tolerance and not judging oneself or others.

When an addict starts to live a sober life, it is very common for feelings of anger and sadness and regret to surface. These feelings are not productive and can only prolong the process of achieving growth. Being reminded to forgive ourselves and others is a very important lesson in recovery.

Recovery, Faith, and Service

Many articles of recovery literature also focus on the importance of serving others and of keeping love in one’s heart.  Service is an important part of recovery for many reasons. It allows a recovering addict to cultivate feelings of gratitude. It can also help a recovering addict to feel better about themselves and to reinforce their belief in their ability to bring about change in themselves.

Service also helps promote fellowship within the recovery community and gives newly recovering addicts a chance to form relationships with other individuals who understand the sober lifestyle and who will likely be a positive force in a newly recovering addict’s life.

Both recovery programs and faith are wonderful ways for a recovering addict to evolve and to become a stronger, happier, and healthier person who is able to stay sober over the course of their entire life.