Drug and alcohol addiction has had its own negative and concerning impacts on society. In recent years, drug and alcohol addiction has sadly become a lot worse and a lot more disturbing in more recent years. Since the turn of the century, substance abuse has all but taken over and has extended outwards to create itself into the single most concerning health problem that this country has ever seen before. If major action is not taken to do something about this, then the problem will sadly only get worse long before it gets any better. For better or for worse, a big part of the responsibility for addressing addiction lies in the hands of the family members and loved ones of addicts.
The sad truth when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction is that the vast majority of those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol are in no way willing to stop abusing drugs and alcohol. The sad truth is that most addicts absolutely refuse to get help, and they insist on just continuing to abuse drugs and alcohol, even if the problem is starting to kill them.
There were some interesting discoveries found on this subject. What was found was that crisis interventions for different types of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction problems are now becoming far more needed and necessary than they ever were before. Today, intervention is more needed than it ever has been in previous decades.
Studies have shown to us that in recent years the current rough estimate percentage of American drug and alcohol addicts who are in fact NOT at ALL willing to seek out drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation treatment numbers as high as ninety percent. What this means is that people just simply are not willing to get the help that they so desperately need. What we have learned from these studies is that the concept that one can just supposedly sort of, “deal with his or her addiction” is now a whole lot more prevalent than it ever was before. What this has done for us is it has proven to us that the vast majority of the current, addicted populace feels strongly for themselves as though they do not need to go to rehab and that they don’t actually really have a drug problem, to begin with, either.
How an Intervention Works
The way to handle an addicted family member who is totally unwilling to seek out addiction treatment is to take them into and through an inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol addiction and dependence treatment center, detox facility, rehabilitation program, and recovery organization. Such a treatment center is what will actually do the work necessary to truly help people and to truly give them a chance out of an addiction crisis and into a level of recovery and sobriety that is permanent.
Intervening on an addicted family member or loved one has to have as its primary purpose and mandatory mission getting that person into and through an addiction treatment program. That is the sole and primary purpose of a treatment center. Drug and alcohol addiction is a truly harsh issue, but it does not have to be something that is totally consuming. With proper intervention, an addict can be convinced to go to rehab, and with proper rehab, a person’s life can be saved.
Here are the steps to an addiction intervention:
- Make a plan. You have to know how you’re going to go about doing an intervention, and you have to really make the decision to actually do the intervention. You have to commit to doing the intervention, and you have to write up a battle plan on how the intervention will occur.
- Formulate an intervention team. An intervention team needs to consist of people that the addict cares about, but not anyone that would upset or disturb the addict. Family members, loved ones, friends, spouses, children, co-workers, really anyone who means something to the addict is a good choice for helping to address addiction.
- Do research. Gather the whole intervention team together and have everyone study and learn about drug and alcohol addiction. With knowledge comes power and an ability to make positive change. You need to be able to know everything there is to know about drug and alcohol addiction, and you want everyone on your team to understand this crisis very well too.
- Schedule the intervention. Get together with the intervention team, and plan out exactly what each person is going to say to the addict, the order they are going to go in, and how each person will communicate what they want to communicate. Make sure that each person feels comfortable with what they have to do.
- Stage the intervention. Actually, hold the intervention. Bring everyone together, bring the addict in, and insist that they sit down and face the music so to speak. Each member of the intervention team needs to say what they want to say. The members of the intervention need to communicate three things. The first one is that they need to communicate how they have noticed the addict’s addiction hurting the addict. The next thing to communicate is how the addict’s addiction has hurt them personally. Finally, the person needs to communicate what they will do if the addict does not seek rehab. This involves withdrawing support, not helping the addict anymore, and not being a terminal that the addict can keep going to for help.
- Follow up. Often times, the addict will agree right then and there to go to rehab. Sometimes not though. When the addict does not agree to seek out treatment, you need to follow up with them a few days later. Sometimes it takes some time to really get the message across. Follow up with them, and if necessary, stage a second intervention at a later time.
This is how an intervention works. Depending on the style of intervention used, it might go down slightly differently depending on how it is handled, but this is the main template for how an addiction intervention is run.
A Church Intervention
For addicts who are religious, staging an intervention in a church environment is the best way to go about addressing the problem. A church intervention is very helpful to those who are religious or find solace in their faith. The church setting gives them a calm feeling and gives them a good feeling about what they are doing. A church intervention is a good environment for a religious person.
A religious intervention is very similar to a normal intervention plan. The truth is that the types of intervention are very similar. In fact, the only real difference is that a church intervention is something that occurs within a church, and it is the church members that are often involved in the intervention. In fact, church interventions are quite helpful and quite successful in the services that they offer. Church interventions are quite helpful in the success that they have in religious addicts. When faith is put into the intervention, the whole process becomes a lot more successful and a lot more pleasant that way. Church interventions can be a great way to get someone into rehab who needs very badly to go to rehab.