Staging an intervention on someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol is never an easy prospect and it never has been. Studies from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, (NSDUH), have shown that roughly 90% of the country’s drug and alcohol addicted individuals are not in fact willing to seek out rehab and do not believe that they have a problem of any kind at all. This means that nine out of ten times the family has an individual in it who is addicted to drugs alcohol he or she will have to be intervened with to convince him or her that he or she has a problem and that it is time to seek out rehabilitation as a solution. This takes a lot of confront. A lot of times it doesn’t work. Sometimes, if a professional interventionist is not hired, the situation actually ends up being worse than it was to begin with. This is rare though.
Ultimately, organizing and staging an intervention is a very stressful but a very necessary action to do when a family has a member is addicted to drugs or alcohol. There really is no other option, unless coming to peace with the fact that that member is basically dead and a lost cause is an option, which it never is.
There is a factor to some interventions though that makes it in some ways far more difficult and arduous than perhaps any other type of intervention is. And this is when the addicted individual in question is a pregnant mother. Pregnant mothers are some of the worst cases to deal with when it comes to substance abuse in this nation. They are often the worst off, and they are often the hardest to rehabilitate. Surprisingly, they are also often the hardest to negotiate with and talk with. Their pregnancies and their hormones and their addictions all combine to make many insane ideations and beliefs about what they really need to be doing. A lot of women who are pregnant will not stop abusing drugs and alcohol because they think that it will hurt their unborn child. With all of the factors involved, these individuals are sometimes the hardest to deal with. This makes dealing with them and intervening with them a real challenge. It is a doable thing, but a challenge nevertheless.
Tips on Intervening with a Pregnant Mother
Though this is a tricky prospect, there are some techniques that can be applied here that, if done correctly can in fact produce good results:
1. Use extra care and compassion when intervening with a pregnant mother who is addicted to drugs or alcohol. These women have been through a lot, their emotions and hormones are totally out of whack thanks to their pregnancy and their substance abuse, and they are often illogical and irrational ideas and beliefs. Make sure that no accusation or make wrong is done in the intervention, and approach it with the same care, compassion, and love that you would approach it with if you were dealing with a 12-year-old who is addicted to drugs or alcohol.
2. Take your time. This cannot be stressed enough. An intervention with a pregnant mother cannot be rushed. If it is then she will feel insecure and unsafe will ultimately not be cooperative. Most interventions can be done over the course of two hours. An intervention with a pregnant woman might take all day if not more than one day. You must be prepared for this or risk losing her to addiction forever.
3. You need to have multiple rehabilitation centers picked out for when she does admit to being willing to go to rehab, and you absolutely need to let her pick which one to go to. With most interventions, the rehab centers are already picked out for the addict. Pregnant woman will want some control over which one to go to because they feel they know what is best for their unborn child so be sure to have multiple options ready and waiting for her.
Addiction is a terrible curse for anyone to have to deal with, and there is no situation that is worse however than a woman who is pregnant with an unborn child and who is addicted to drugs alcohol. This is the worst of them all because she is not only ruining her life by being addicted, but she is already ruining the life of an unborn individual. This is why they must be dealt with with special care and consternation so that both lives can be saved.