Drug addicts often deny the severity and existence of an addiction, so your loved one must recognize that he has a problem that is too big to handle alone. He also must accept that he needs professional treatment. If an intervention has failed it is likely because the individual has not yet admitted his problem.
An intervention might fail because it has been conducted without the assistance of a professional interventionist. Family members will naturally be unable to be objective. They may harbor resentment toward the addict, and these feelings might emerge during the intervention in inappropriate ways. Despite the best of intentions, family members who conduct an intervention without professional direction may incite a heated confrontation that only serves to isolate the addict.
It is important to remember that the person is under the influence of drugs and does not think rationally or see things the way they really are. This is to be expected in all cases of drug addiction. In cases involving stimulants like Ritalin, paranoia is a common side effect of chronic use and may cause the user to view the intervention as evidence that people really are out to get her. The intervention might break down communication between the addict and family members, making it even more difficult to help the person in the future.
Coping with a Loved One’s Ritalin Addiction
Again, a person must be ready to receive treatment before there is any hope of recovery. You simply cannot force an adult into rehab without a court order, and even if you could the treatment would probably be ineffective. There may be a point at which you must recognize that recovery will occur if and when the person is ready. However, there are things you can do to be ready when the time comes, and to minimize the damage done to the family in the meantime. After a failed intervention, take the following actions:
- Do not alienate the person
- Let the person know that you have his best interest at heart, you are there for him and will always be there for him
- Keep the lines of communication open; examples of the family’s unconditional love and support will be much more productive than criticizing, blaming and isolating the addict
- Always bear in mind that the person is under the influence of a drug and will probably continue to act irrationally
- Stay in touch with treatment professionals
- Be ready with a plan of action that can be implemented instantly should the person agree to treatment
- Join a support group for families of drug addicts
- Be aware of the state of your own mental health and don’t let your loved one’s addiction drag you down too
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