What To Do When A Loved One Is In Denial About Cocaine Addiction

14. October 2015

When someone you love has a problem with addiction, it can feel like your whole world is upside down. It is painful and frightening to see someone you know so well and love put themselves at risk and behave like someone you don’t even know. What is perhaps the most frustrating, though, is the fact that you can’t seem to do anything about it.

Cocaine Addiction

cocain

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that is highly addictive. Cocaine is fairly easy to obtain and most often people are introduced to it at parties and other social situations. Although many people may try it once or twice and stop, some people quickly become addicted.

Cocaine produces a euphoric high that leaves its users feeling energetic, positive, confident and outgoing. This is particularly appealing to those who may suffer from social anxiety or who are introverted.

Cocaine acts on dopamine receptors and within a short period of time actually changes the brain chemistry, effectively hijacking the chemicals that are responsible for experiencing happiness, excitement and feelings of pleasure. In a nutshell, it creates a situation where the only thing that can make its user happy is more cocaine.

When Your Loved One Has A Problem

loved one with addiction

Trying to understand your loved one’s addiction isn’t easy. Unless you yourself have suffered from addiction, it can be easy to wonder why they don’t “just quit.”

You may have tried numerous avenues in order to try and get through to your loved one. You have tried being supportive and loving, and you have ignored it, hoping it would go away. You have tried micromanaging their lives in hopes of controlling the situation. You may have tried threats, bullying and ultimatums, but they are still using.

It is exhausting to live with a loved one’s addiction. And it is infuriating that they seem to be so oblivious to what you are going through. They may deny there is a problem at all, or they may try to minimize it or insist that they will change — tomorrow.

Denial is a huge problem with people who are addicted. They simply don’t see the severity of the problem or the impact it is having on family. This is frustrating, and it makes getting help for them almost impossible.

Some of the behavior displayed by your loved one can be hurtful, baffling and even frightening. He or she may have stolen from you, become aggressive, disappeared for days or weeks at a time or brought drugs and strange people into your home.

You are at your wit’s end, or getting close, what do you do?

When Is It Time For A Cocaine Addiction Intervention?

clock

You don’t have to wait for things to get any worse. It can be frustrating to hear this, but it isn’t likely that your loved one is going to respond to your pleas.

This is one of the reasons why an intervention can be so effective. In fact, in 90% of professional interventions end with the person voluntarily getting treatment.

There are a number of reasons why a cocaine addiction intervention works. A trained, professional interventionist is one part family therapist, one part addiction counselor and one part coach. He or she has extensive experience with addicts and understands how to frame things and approach things in a way that your loved one will hear.

In addition, the interventionist is not emotionally attached to the situation. He or she isn’t coming from a place of fear or anger or frustration. The interventionist is an impartial third party who has the experience to help break through the layers of denial and get results.

Families sometimes attempt interventions on their own, and the results can be disastrous. This is because family patterns and roles can often get in the way of the message.

Another advantage to having a cocaine addiction interventionist come in is that they are not just there for your loved one, they are there for you and your family, too. Addiction is a family disease, after all, and the impact of addiction can cause long-lasting damage.

An interventionist will understand what you are going through, and will be available for you from the time you call them until after your loved one has gone to treatment. He or she will help your family heal and begin to get back to normal again.

Getting Help For Your Spouse’s Cocaine Addiction

If you are ready to help your loved one, and the rest of your family call Intervention Services, Inc. today. Once you call you will begin receiving support from a professional interventionist who will work with you and your family to develop an individualized cocaine addiction intervention plan. Every individual and family is different, and your intervention specialist will get to know you and your family. Help is just a phone call away. Contact Intervention Services, Inc. at 1-877-478-4621 today to get started.