Interventions have become the most common, the most needed, and the absolutely most necessary tool for any family when it comes to convincing someone to go to rehab for a drug or an alcohol addiction. Studies show that ninety percent of drug and alcohol addicts:
• Do not feel as though they have a problem.
• Do not think that they need rehab.
• Do not want your help.
• Do not admire you or other family members for trying to assist them.
• Do not see your logic at trying to point out that their life is on a dwindling spiral.
• Do not want to say that they are an addict or that they are more than a recreational user.
For these reasons and more, utilizing effective intervention is key. In fact, it is the only proven and constantly successful tool at salvaging the lives of ninety percent of addicts who do find recovery and sobriety. For these reasons and more, an intervention needs to be a carefully thought out and expertly planned process that is workable and effective.
Utilizing the Tool that is Intervention
An intervention needs to be a carefully planned event. It needs to be well thought out. Everyone who is involved in the intervention needs to take care to study addiction, educate themselves on the habits and the mindsets of addicts and really get a feel for such things. Exactly how the intervention is going to be set up, how it will run once it is stared, and who will say what and when all needs to be planned out and figured out long before the intervention is performed.
You need to give yourself and everyone else involved in the intervention at least a few day’s notice to prepare for the event by choosing a location for it, choosing a date and time and making sure to allow for several hours as it may take that, choosing the invitees for the intervention, gathering everyone together before the intervention to do a rehearsal and working out which part each person will play in the intervention, and actually reserving a place for your loved one in the drug rehab of your choice.
You also need to prepare and plan for transportation to the drug rehab itself for your loved one, an escort for your loved one, a packed bag of personal items so that your loved one can immediately head to drug addiction treatment at the end of the intervention. This is imperative. Everything needs to be set up so that the moment your loved one says yes you and the other team members can rejoice, embrace him or her, and immediately send him or her off to the drug rehab. This needs to be done immediately because addicts will often change their minds, and you need to strike while the iron is hot.
Never be impulsive or spontaneous about an intervention. While it is true that a failed intervention is better than no intervention at all, that does not justify, “winging it”. Take care, plan properly, and get everything worked out. A failed intervention can actually be damaging. The addict can leave in a huff and in a frustrated state, go out, get high or drunk, and in his or her upset can overdose and die. It’s happened before many times. You don’t want this to happen to your loved one.
A successfully planned and well thought out intervention that includes the help of a professional interventionist is far more likely to be successful than a spontaneous one. Take the right care and plan it out well.