When people take heroin, it is because they want to cover the emotional pain from a trauma. When a person has lost something or someone that fills them with a sense of grief, they use the pleasure of heroin to mask their emotional pain. Moreover, the pressure of a difficult situation because of heroin addiction may not be as intense as the emotional pain. Thus, insufficient income or no friends or poor health does not seem as much as a problem as the emotional pain. These difficult and uncomfortable circumstances may not be a significant motivation for change. Ironically, even overdosing and coming close to death may not be a sufficient deterrent.
Motivation for Rehab
Usually, an addicted person will only know that they need help when they encounter a major problem. For instance, they may get arrested, they may lose their job, or they may get evicted from their house. It is at this point that they should ask for help from loved ones. If they are unable to get a loved one to help, they should seek a hotline for heroin addiction. These hotlines are staffed by well-trained people who listen carefully and are able to make appropriate recommendations. However, it is important to act quickly as there is only a small window of opportunity to ask for help because the drug cravings can be overwhelming and a person will rapidly go into denial that they have a problem.
Sometimes, too, it is not the actual problem that forces someone to ask for help or try to help themselves by seeking a heroin addiction hotline or support group. Sometimes, the fear of loss may be enough to precipitate change. A person may be motivated to change when they encounter the threat of legal charges that may lead to time in jail, the threat of losing a spouse or children, or the threat of getting fired from a job and being left penniless and homeless.
When helping someone with an addiction, the worst thing one can do is to actually solve the problem for them. If for example, you get a good lawyer to remove the legal problem, then they will simply lose all interest in getting help for their addiction. An addict will only seek help when they are pushed outside their comfort zone and the pain of their circumstances is even stronger than the emotional pain they are covering up with heroin. Usually, an addict feels that they are doing okay if they have enough money, food and shelter. They also feel okay if they are not facing any legal or employment threats or if they associate with other people who condone their use of heroine.
Unfortunately, few addicts try to help themselves or even ask for help. Many addicts are in such denial that they push their addiction to the point of overdose and death. For this reason, it may be necessary for others to intervene.
It is important that an intervention be well thought-out. It is much more than simply having a discussion with the addicted person.
When deciding on an intervention, it’s important to have a formal meeting with the addicted person and to have trained professionals at the meeting because they are able to override the addicted person’s denial, manipulative behavior, or acting out. It is also necessary to have the presence of family and friends whom the addicted person respects. Everyone should be in agreement to achieve the same goal. When interventions fail, it is often because those doing the intervention disagree among themselves. For this reason, it’s important not to include people who are angry or willing to blame the addicted person at the meeting. Finally, once a person agrees to get help, there should be an immediate follow-up, which includes arranged transportation to the rehab center.
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