The Los Angeles neighborhood of Encino is intersected by U.S. Highway 101. I-405 also travels along the eastern border. These major roadways enable drug traffickers from Mexico and the surrounding areas to provide their product to Encino residents on their way to other Los Angeles areas. According to statistics, of the nearly 45,000 people that make the neighborhood home, more than 10 percent admit to abusing stimulants or opioid analgesics.
From the age of 12 and up, residents begin using illegal substances. Some enter the drug world out of peer pressure. Some are merely experimenting, are letting off steam or have another reason for using substances for recreation purposes. Others use alcohol or drugs as a means of covering or escaping symptoms of emotional or mental illness. Statistics suggest that of all that turn to substances, up to one-fourth may succumb to addiction, and only a fraction of these ever seek treatment.
Do Not Lose Hope
Loved ones must understand that addiction is a powerful force related to brain chemistry and not willpower. Many finally make the decision to enter rehab because a loved one refused to give up. However, regardless of what the addict would have you believe, their addiction is their problem and not yours. Avoid getting caught in their web of deceit.
In many instances, convincing an individual that rehab treatment is what they need requires holding an intervention. The goal of the meeting involves breaking the barrier of denial, getting them to acknowledge that they have a problem and agreeing to get help. Intervention specialists are professionals having the experience and training needed to plan and conduct the event while looking out for the best interests of all involved.
Types of Interventions
There are many different ways to host an intervention. The type and location largely depend on the individual substance abuser, the type of substance abused, the longevity of the habit and the addict's frame of mind. Factors to consider include:
- Number of people involved
- People chosen to attend
Your Treatment Program Should Be Personal and Private
While you are making your decision on a rehabilitation facility, consider those facilities that may be top-notch in other cities as well as those in your area. Many patients choose to travel to treatment centers that are outside of their home areas because it takes them away from the place where they became addicted. Every addict is different, but sometimes getting out of town and into a new location can give you a new perspective and a fresh start during recovery. In addition, peer pressure and negative influences will not be a problem if you are away from your home area.
With that being said, if you are opting for an outpatient treatment program, You may be better served by choosing a facility that is close to home. This option is often chosen by those who have families they need to take care of, jobs and careers they need to retain, or classes they need to attend. We know that each individual case is different, and we are willing to work with you to find the best treatment center for your recovery.