Help Your Loved One End the First Step Towards a New Life
You must understand that chemical dependency is a disease — just like diabetes or cancer. When you can come to terms with this simple concept, you will understand that the person who misuses alcohol or drugs is not doing it on purpose… he or she is sick. Furthermore, you can not blame the chemically dependent person for being an addict! Once you accept this premise, you’ll find your confusion, frustration, and anger subside allowing you to deal more constructively with the situation.
The disease is amazingly widespread. Currently, an estimated 45 million people are affected by the disease.
The disease is ongoing. Chemical dependency will eventually cause a loss of family relationships, work performance, values, self-worth, friends, and health. In addition, substance abuse will adversely affect the emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical growth necessary for a happy and fulfilling life experience.
The disease is fatal. Left unchecked, chemical dependency is 100% fatal. Insurance company statistics indicate the average life span is 12 years shorter than the nondependent in our society. The cause of premature death may be physical (heart disease, liver ailments, bleeding ulcers), accidental (car crashes, on-the-job accidents), or emotional (depression, suicide).
The disease can be treated but not cured. This is why persons who have stopped drinking or using drugs today are described as recovering, not recovered.
What is Intervention?
Webster defines intervention as the act of coming between. Addiction intervention is a process by which the harmful, progressive, once-destructive effects of chemical dependency are interrupted, and the chemically dependent person can get the help to stop using mood-altering substances and taught to develop new, healthier ways to cope with his or her problems. A person need not hit “rock bottom” or be an emotional or physical wreck before such help can be given. Intervention is presenting reality to a person out of touch with it in a caring and nonjudgmental way.
The InnerBalance Approach
Our compassionate professionals guide patients and their families through the sensitive intervention process. InnerBalance evaluates each individual case in order to help the entire support group understand recovery options — inpatient or outpatient. InnerBalance Health Center’s staff provides the information to understand how addiction affects each intervention member. Whether you are the spouse, child, employer, neighbor or friend of the addict, you are vulnerable to the effects of the disease.
The main challenge of intervention is to confront the denial process of the substance abuser. Denial is the number-one symptom that keeps the individual from seeking help. By refusing to believe or accept the problem, the person rationalizes his or her destructive behavior. Most people see losing control of their substance as a weakness and not a disease. Therefore, the person would rather justify his or her use than admit to being weak willed. Chemical dependency is not a will power issue! This must be understood by all parties involved to break the denial barrier and to increase the dependent person’s level of awareness.
InnerBalance Health Center’s founder, Joe Eisele, is a national and state certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Level III. Since 1988, Mr. Eisele has applied the specialized training of Johnson and Fajardo intervention techniques.
At InnerBalance Health Center, we have achieved a 95% success rate in helping individuals enter treatment.
Your First Step Towards a New Life
If you suspect alcohol or drug abuse but don’t know what to do about it, contact InnerBalance Health Center today and we can help you make the first step towards a New Life… a better life, a little easier. If you really care, there is no other way.