In Minnesota drug rehab programs are available all throughout the state, and many of these programs can provide access to intervention resources where they can help get their loved one into a drug and alcohol rehab program. When a person is struggling with an addiction, they are not always thinking about getting help and entering into a drug rehab program that will help handle their addiction. An interventionist will help convince the addict, they need help, and will help them understand how their drug and alcohol addiction is harming his or her life and what they can do to beat their addiction. A trained interventionist will help an addict see what their addiction is doing to them, and how it is especially harming their family and friends. An interventionist will usually be able to help the addict see their addiction as a major problem, but if they cannot accomplish this the family will have to be prepared to follow through with a tough-love approach. The tough-love approach can be difficult to do, but it will help the addict make a decision for getting help, especially if they know that their family will no longer help them until they help themselves.
Substance Abuse and Addiction Family Intervention in Minnesota
When a family in Minnesota first starts planning an intervention, it may consider a tough-love approach. A tough-love approach can be done in one of two ways, either being overly confrontational or expressing care, support, and empathy. A more traditional intervention is where a group of the addict's friends and family come together to organize a surprise sit-down with the addict. Each person has a role to play, and each person typically reads a letter he will have written beforehand. The letters indicate how the addict has impacted the lives of the people around him. And ideally, why the addict is worthwhile and deserves a chance at living a meaningful life. These are emotionally difficult to go through because the addict is witnessing first-hand how their addiction affected the people close to them, but also difficult because the addict is hearing about the person he used to be, the person everyone loves, and misses in their lives. During this moment is when many addicts agree to go to rehab. If they refuse, however, there is typically a Plan B, which can often place the addict into a corner with very few options. For an intervention to be successful, hiring a professional interventionist does increase the chances of success. Families across the state of Minnesota have had success with interventions. In 2013 the number of treatment admissions in Minnesota increased by 4%. In 2016, there were 56,406 treatment admissions; however, there were also 376 opioid-related deaths, and in 2017 the opioid crisis was declared a nationwide public health emergency. According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, treatment admissions by gender has remained the same since 2013. In 2016 approximately 35.6% of admissions were women, and 64.4% of admissions were men. Admissions for heroin use has increased since 2013 at 9.9% to 13.2% in 2016. The approaches used by the state to treat addiction include primary prevention, intervention, detoxification, treatment, continuing care, and recovery support.