Common Terminology Used During a drug or alcohol intervention
Intervention: A deliberate process by which change is introduced into
peoples' thoughts, feelings and behaviors. It usually involves specialists as
well several people preparing themselves, approaching a person involved in some
self-destructive behavior, and talking to the person in a clear and respectful
way about the behavior in question. The immediate objective is for the person
to listen and accept help.
Denial: The "hallmark" of drug/alcohol abuse and addiction. All family members and close friends are affected by the actions of the user. The refusal to admit the truth is often part of the process and must be overcome before the healing can occur.
Enabling: Due to shame and fear, significant family members often allow the drug/alcohol user to continue disruptive, irrational behavior patterns. This condition is established through a long history of deception, manipulation and control. Family members must learn to focus on their own needs.
Fear: A natural protective instinct that actually allows conditions to continue and only serves to reinforce the cycle of denial. A trained interventionist will help remove these barriers by allowing all concerned to see the truth.
Recovery: The process of learning to cope with feelings on a daily basis free from mind changing chemicals. The healthy family unit can be restored and all concerned parties are then able to live their own lives.
Hitting Bottom: Complete physical, mental and spiritual defeat. The condition when all power, family, job and money are lost before someone will accept help. It is no longer necessary to wait. Intervention and treatment are far better alternatives that have been proven to work before the individual hits their personal bottom.
Addiction: Compulsive and often uncontrollable craving, seeking, and use of a drug. The individual uses even when they know that using is not in their best interest. Addiction could be defined as chronically making the firm decision not to use, followed shortly by a relapse due to experiencing overwhelming and compulsive urges to use despite the firm decision not to.
Abuse: The chronic or habitual use of any chemical substance to alter states of body or mind for reasons other than medically warranted purposes.
Treatment: A facility where recovering drug addicts learn about addiction, recovery and relapse while addressing misguided beliefs about self, others and their environment. Attending a drug abuse treatment program helps the recovering drug abuser make lifestyle changes, manage feelings and develop coping tools and drug refusal skills. In addition, they learn to identify relapse warning signs and challenge thoughts that may lead to relapse.
Alcohol abuse and addiction
- Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Help for Drinking Problems
- Alcohol Abuse Treatment and Self-Help: How to Stop Drinking and Start Recovery
- Self-Help Groups for Alcohol Addiction: Alcoholics Anonymous and Other Alcohol Addiction Support Groups
- Choosing an Alcohol Treatment Program: What to Look for in Alcohol Rehab
- Understanding Addiction: How Addiction Hijacks the Brain
- Women and Alcohol: The Hidden Risks of Drinking
- Are You Almost Alcoholic? You Don’t Have to be an Alcoholic to Have a Drinking Problem
- Teenage Drinking: Understanding the Dangers and Talking to Your Child
Drug abuse and addiction
- Drug Abuse and Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, and Help for Drug Problems and Substance Abuse
- Overcoming Drug Addiction: Substance Abuse Treatment, Recovery, and Help
- Self-Help Groups for Drug Addiction: Narcotics Anonymous and Other Addiction Support Groups
- Choosing a Drug Treatment Program: What to Look for in Substance Abuse Rehab
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders
- Gambling Addiction and Problem Gambling: Warning Signs and How to Get Help
- Compulsive Gambling and Anxiety: Relaxation Exercises Can Relieve the Gambling Urge
- How to Quit Smoking: A Guide to Kicking the Habit for Good
- Internet and Computer Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, and Help for Balancing Your Time Online and Off
- Cutting and Self-Harm: Self-Injury Help, Support, and Treatment
What is addiction?
Addiction exerts a long and powerful influence on the brain that manifests in three distinct ways: craving for the object of addiction, loss of control over its use, and continuing involvement with it despite harmful consequences.
For many years, experts believed that only alcohol and powerful drugs could cause addiction. Brain imaging technologies and more recent research, however, have shown that certain pleasurable activities, such as gambling, shopping, and sex, can also lead to addiction.
Addiction and depression often go hand in hand. Depression can make you feel helpless, hopeless, or empty and numb; but there’s a lot you can do to change how you feel. But with support and small daily steps, you can overcome depression and get your life back. MORE »
Many people drink, do drugs, or engage in other addictive activities in order to cope with anxiety. If that’s the case for you, learning to manage your anxiety and relieve stress in healthy ways will help you in your recovery journey.