Going to an AA meeting for the first time can be an important step toward the treatment of addiction, but all too many people are intimidated by stereotypes and the fear of interacting with a group of people you don’t know. The truth is that AA is a very open and caring atmosphere that you or your loved one should not be afraid of. The hardest part can be admitting that you have a problem, but AA can allow you to get past this hurdle.
Be Open Minded
All types of people with all levels of alcohol addiction attend AA for the support they need to get on the path to a healthier and sober lifestyle. Attending AA requires trying to understand and be supportive of others from all walks of life.
Prepare To Share
As a new group member, you will be expected to introduce yourself and say a little about yourself. Keep in mind that one of the rules of AA is that what is said there stays there. The only exception would be if another member believed that someone intended to harm themselves or others. You don’t have to say much your first meeting but do be prepared to at least share something.
Listen And Learn
Since some people have been attending AA longer than others, there are many different experiences that can be shared. Members that have maintained sobriety longer will tell others how they have been able to do this. It is understood that not every method works well for everyone, so the key is finding what works for you.
Finding Your Local Chapter
It is easy to find a chapter of AA with a simple web search. In most areas there are many different groups to choose from. Meetings are often held in churches and community centers. Religion can play more of a role in some AA groups than others. Meetings often close with a prayer.
Go With A Friend If That Helps
A close friend can be a major source of support when it comes to finding the courage to attend your first AA meeting. Regardless of how a friend stands with alcohol, asking them to come along, so you don’t feel awkward can help you take the needed step in the right direction. AA groups should never mind an observer coming along as support.
Getting post-treatment consulting is sometimes a necessary step. The staff at Recovery Care Partner are knowledgeable about the difficulties newly sober people face after treatment, which is why we provide sober companions to those in need of intensive discreet and professional one-on-one support. A sober companion can accompany those in recovery to meetings, work, social functions, etc. If you or someone you love is in need of addiction services, please call Recovery Care Partner at 855-727-2887 or email us at email@example.com
It is important to plan and schedule a drug intervention in order to avoid making your loved one feel that they are being attacked or threatened. People with substance abuse problems may avoid family events, so an intervention can be challenging without the help of a professional.
Choose Family Members Carefully
You know your family. If there has been a lot of conflict between the addict and a particular relative then it might be best if they are not a part of the initial intervention. Bad feelings from the past can sabotage an intervention well before it even starts.
Build Your Case Ahead Of Time
You need to do some research, so you are informed about the substances that you suspect or know that a loved one is using. You may also want to talk to other members of the family and friends to see if they have noticed anything different. One way to do this is to simply express that you are worried about the person. If there is an addiction problem, this is often all that is needed to get another concerned person to open up about what they have observed.
Meet And Plan With Family
Each family member that is supposed to be part of the intervention team should meet and discuss together how to best approach the intervention. Family members need to have a list of incidents that have caused the level of concern for the loved one’s wellbeing. Not being prepared will allow the addict to accuse family members of just throwing accusations at them. This is where your intervention specialist will provide invaluable support and advice.
A Professional Intervention Specialist
In cases of extreme addiction, an interventionist is often necessary. This is an impartial party that has experience dealing with these types of issues so you can rest assured that things will be well planned and increase the chances of your relative kicking their addiction.
Discuss Treatment Options With Your Loved One
You don’t want your relative to feel trapped and without options. There are outpatient and in-patient treatment programs that can help your loved one break the addiction cycle. Treatment costs can vary, and there is often help available within a community or through an insurance provider. Some employers will contribute to cover the cost of addiction treatment and counseling.
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The signs of a drug addiction can range from subtle to striking. Here are some of the warning signs that someone is battling addiction and may need help.
Lack Of Interest
An addict often loses interests in activities they once enjoyed and may neglect their physical appearance quite a bit. General lethargy and lack of interest in daily activities can also be a sign of depression which can be another symptom of addiction.
Sudden Weight Loss Or Gain
Unless someone is trying to lose or gain weight, a sharp increase or decrease in weight is a common sign of substance abuse. Drugs such as marijuana can stimulate appetite while cocaine and methamphetamines can cause a total loss of appetite.
Bad Coordination And Mental Confusion
Stumbling, falling, shaking, voice tremors and confusion that occur with no apparent cause mean someone might be struggling. Not having as many drugs as they need to maintain a certain level of comfort can make a person have small withdrawal symptoms until the person can use again.
Loss Of Performance At Work Or School
Loss of performance at school or work is an indication that something has changed. The decline may be gradual or happen all at once. Some people are better than others at hiding addiction, sometimes to the point where nobody notices until a very serious problem has developed.
We all have our moods, but an addict may have very dramatic mood swings. Some substances may even lead to an otherwise calm person becoming violent or abusive to others, even those they care the most about in the world.
A family intervention is a good way to show someone struggling with addiction that there are people who care about them and want to see them get better . Pre-treatment counselors can help you figure out the best way to help someone confront an addiction issue. It is important to approach the situation with love and respect, and most importantly, to have professional support present to facilitate this difficult situation. Recovery Care Partner interventions are firm and professional without resorting to the drama sometimes portrayed in publicized interventions. We are here to help your loved ones overcome their substance abuse problem. Give us a call today today at 855-727-2887.Learn More