After Spring Break | Dealing with the Addiction
Spring Break has always been famous for fun and partying. It can also become a time of crisis for those who suffer drug and alcohol abuse and addictions and for those who love them. What is supposed to be a time to remember for a vacation can become the time for destruction to relationships.
Certain drugs that are offered as ‘recreational drugs’ can be extremely addictive and a trial or two of them at the spring break parties can lead to more use of the drug until the addiction is strong. You begin to realize that the one you care about, be they friend or family, has returned from Spring Break controlled by a substance.
Spring Break can also bring relationships that were fragile to a point of crises. Sometimes you will discover that the one you love is addicted when you are no longer in the safe environment of routine where you can easily deny their addiction, or they can more readily conceal their addiction.
Are you beginning to think about intervention?
Regardless of whether your plan for an intervention has been a long time coming, or it is a response to a new and real threat to the one you care about, don’t attempt an intervention without help. Strong evidence exists that unplanned interventions fail, while well planned and thought out interventions succeed. In fact, they have an 80% success rate. Knowing that if you do an intervention correctly that there is such a good chance of success should give you hope. That is important for you to know. There is hope and also help for you and for the one you love.
It is also a good reason to refuse to react impulsively, but to act with intention and wisdom. Take all the steps you need to make that kind of intervention happen for the one you love. An intervention is simply an orchestrated attempt by one or many people – usually family and friends – to get someone to seek professional help with an addiction or some kind of trauma. You might have already attempted informal and solo interventions already. They may very well not have succeeded.
What is an Intervention?
Just as there comes a time when you ask the person with the addiction to admit they need professional help, there comes a time when you need to admit that you might need professional help with the intervention too. Start looking at the recovery centers that offer interventions as a service. Before choosing one, study their sites completely. Make sure they have experience with the particular addiction that is controlling the person you care about. Take the time to study what their philosophy is towards the treatment of addictions. How they approach addictions and what methods they employ matter. Just as how they approach interventions and what they tell you to do will matter. You need to trust your councilor before you ever allow them to orchestrate an intervention for your loved one.
Some centers focus on the physical addiction and will lean towards treatments through medication and scientific findings. Some centers focus on the psychological addiction and will work more in the realm of personal and social behavior. Then there are centers that address both the physical addiction and the psychological addiction. Simply researching the different centers and how they approach addiction will begin a journey for you. A journey that you might need to take first, before you can ever help the one you love take their journey.
This spring break might have been the worst experience in your life. Facing addictions isn’t what Spring Break should be about. Yet if that is what your spring break was about, it’s time to think about getting help. Don’t write off your 2014 Spring Break as a loss. Make it an experience that leads you to take well planned actions that will change your life, and change the life of the one you love.
More on Dr. Reeves – Destin Florida
Dr. Reeves is the Medical director of Destin Recovery and South Walton Medical Center (Destin Florida)
Director of Addiction Medicine at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast; is a Member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine; a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; and is Triple Board Certified in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and Addiction Medicine.