When families begin to organize a substance abuse intervention for a loved one, there are many things to consider. There is a common misconception that many families have is that an addict must hit rock bottom. However, this is not so, and intervention is equally important at any stage during the addiction. Early intervention saves lives, and the longer the family waits, the worse the addiction becomes. When families in Vermont are searching for intervention groups, there may not be local resources available. However, if you are already working with a substance abuse treatment program, they have local intervention resources to refer you to.
Most families, when contacting intervention groups, find ones that operate across the nation. Having an interventionist benefits not only the addict but also the family. The family needs to work through the old unresolved arguments, problems with enabling, and any co-dependency. Enabling occurs when someone is making it easier for the addict to use drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, if the enabling is not addressed correctly, it will derail the intervention completely. The first day with the professional interventionist is spent educating the family. During this time, those who are attending the intervention are chosen, along with every other detail being worked out.
The substance abuse problems in Vermont has affected people from all walks of life and in every age group. Per an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs Annual Overview in 2016, in 2015, the use of heroin surpassed prescription drugs as the primary opioid used before treatment admission. Roughly 30% of Vermont high school students used alcohol in the past 30 days, which was a decrease from 2013. The use of marijuana among adults aged 18 and over increased in 2015. Regardless of what stage of addiction a person is struggling with, professional intervention is a successful solution.