22 Jul Alberta Addiction Intervention Treatment Options
If you or somebody you know is struggling with a drug and/or alcohol addiction in Alberta, there are plenty of resources readily available to help. When it comes to addiction, recovery is ultimately the only option available, before dependence on drugs and/or alcohol can turn potentially deadly. Luckily, there are plenty of Alberta addiction treatment options to consider, to get the help that’s needed before it ever gets to that point.
What Causes Drug And Alcohol Addiction?
Drug and alcohol addiction, or substance abuse disorder, is generally a sign of a larger issue surrounding the users’ mental health struggles. A person who is struggling with an undiagnosed mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or any other mental illness may attempt to self-medicate using drugs and alcohol – which may help them temporarily deal with the difficult symptoms but ultimately ends up causing worsening symptoms – which they were initially trying to avoid.
There are people who are more prone to developing an addiction than others, and this may be due to environmental factors, such as their family beliefs about drugs/alcohol, or even genetics may play a role in determining an addictive personality. If addiction runs in your family, you may have a higher chance of turning experimentation with drugs or alcohol into addiction within yourself.
Are You Looking For Help With Addiction Treatment Services in Alberta?
Recently, the Alberta government announced its plan to open up to 400 treatment beds at five new recovery centers within the province. These treatment centers will take a holistic approach to heal both the symptoms of addiction and the underlying root causes mentioned above.
However, when somebody is lost in their addiction, there are a number of steps to consider and take before they will readily go to a treatment facility. Sometimes a person who is using or drinking may not recognize the signs of addiction within themselves, and it may be challenging as an outsider to spot exactly what these signs may be.
Signs And Symptoms Of Drug And Alcohol Addiction
Not sure if somebody close to you is drinking problematically, or using drugs? There’s often overlap in signs between the two, but with some differentiating factors. When somebody close to you is using or drinking you can tell that they’ve been acting differently. Their appearance may be altered, they may look disheveled, unable to stick to meetings and appointments, or perhaps slurring. There are a few key differences between alcohol abuse symptoms and drug abuse symptoms.
Signs Of Alcohol Abuse:
Alcohol abuse symptoms are generally easier to notice than symptoms of drug addiction. One of the most telltale signs that somebody is abusing alcohol is the smell. Oftentimes alcoholics will drink vodka, as it smells the least of all alcohols, but you can usually always smell a lingering scent on somebody who has been drinking problematically.
Problem drinkers and alcoholics will also be morose, mopey, and slur their speech and thoughts. Their eyes will tend to be red, bloodshot, and weary, and they will appear sluggish, tired, and perhaps sleeping long hours.
There are also alcoholics who are completely able to function by drinking daily, working their jobs with no interruptions, and leading seemingly normal lives. Functioning alcoholics aren’t uncommon, but even if you’re able to function as an alcoholic, it does not mean you’re healthy – the alcohol is still wreaking havoc on your body and immune system, and ultimately within your mind. There’s no such thing as a fully functioning alcoholic.
Signs Of Drug Abuse:
Drug abuse symptoms can be more difficult to spot than symptoms of alcohol addiction, simply because of the way drugs affect the mind and body differently. It’s easier to conceal an addiction to drugs depending on the substance one is using.
When somebody is hiding an addiction to stimulants like cocaine or crystal meth, the telltale sign is the lack of sleep and a sudden lack of finances or difficulty managing money. These drugs tend to be expensive and life-consuming and soon the user begins to find other ways to come up with the money for the habit, by selling possessions or stealing to make ends meet, etc.
Addiction to opiates is not as immediately easy to spot, because heroin and/or prescription opiates (such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, or codeine) addiction symptoms are generally mild until it’s almost too late. If somebody begins casually using prescription opiates, it’s hard to tell if they’re using. If somebody is struggling with addiction to opiates, they generally will always be sluggish, slow, and tired, and may experience itching skin. They may also frequently have doctors appointments, or be spotted with an excess amount of prescription bottles. Heroin addiction can be slightly easier to spot, as this drug tends to take over and consume rather quickly.
Drug And Alcohol Intervention Services In Alberta
The first step to treating a drug and alcohol addiction in Alberta is to call an interventionist to professionally host an intervention for your loved one. We have years of experience in successfully hosting interventions that lead to treatment services in Alberta. Our team will facilitate the intervention alongside you and guide you and your family through the process of providing treatment options.
Drug And Alcohol Addiction Treatment Services In Alberta
Our team will coordinate and arrange for the individual suffering from drug/alcohol addiction to be taken to a safe facility immediately following the intervention. It’s important to have this option be the only option post-intervention, as any time that goes by may cause the addict to change their mind and choose not to accept the help that’s being given to them. It’s at this point that those hosting the intervention need to be prepared to follow through with their given ultimatums – even walking away if need be.
The way that we counteract this is by having a bed already lined up at any one of Alberta’s drug and alcohol treatment centers available. When going through the pre-intervention meetings, our team will help you decide which treatment facility in Alberta will be the most suitable.
Next Steps And How To Prepare For An Intervention
There’s no way to fully prepare for what may happen during a drug and alcohol intervention in Alberta, but with years of successes under our belt, we’ve worked through an ideal system to prepare for the best-case scenario – the highest success rate that we’ve managed to achieve by hosting interventions in Alberta.
Our team will first interview you and gather a team of ideal candidates to be present during the intervention. These may include parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, other relatives, coworkers, friends, or partners/boyfriends/girlfriends – a group of people who are the closest to the person struggling with substance abuse. Together we’ll determine a plan of recovery, as well as begin staging the scripts for what will happen during the intervention. We will plan the intervention to be at an ideal time, when the individual is not under the influence, but also not in withdrawal. Lastly, we will implement our strategies for placing them in a treatment facility in Alberta.
If you’re looking for help with intervention services in Alberta, phone our team. We’ll be happy to help you get your lives back, and help your loved one with their addiction today.
Call us today at – 1-888-491-8589