An individual who is suffering from the problems of drug abuse and addiction is often completely unable to not only do anything about these problems, but even to see the full extent of these problems. The changes in their physical, mental and emotional health that are so incredibly obvious to others are essentially unseen by the individual himself, due to the fact that they have been so gradual and subtle over time. In fact, an individual who is obviously quite ill due to their drug use will yet argue vehemently that they are fine and well, and that their drug use is not a problem. It is for this reason that such an individual will benefit immensely from a family intervention.
The Process of Intervention
Many individuals feel that interventions are confrontational meetings that essentially force an individual into rehabilitation treatment. While there is no doubting that interventions are definitely emotionally difficult for everyone involved, the fact remains that they are not actually intended to force or guilt or shame an individual into treatment. Rather, the purpose of an intervention is to help bring the individual up to a level of awareness so that they can see they have a problem and they need help.
There is no doubt that the individual who is struggling with drug abuse and addiction needs help, support and encouragement in order to successfully step onto and along the path to recovery. However, there is also no doubt that their full recovery is largely dependent upon their own decision to put an end to their drug use. During a family intervention, participants are essentially trying to unearth their loved one’s deep desire to regain control over their own life and live a happy, healthy future that is free from drug substances.
When an intervention is successful, the individual can begin their journey to full recovery, which usually begins with professional rehabilitation treatment services and often includes recognizing and taking responsibility for the damaging effects their past drug has caused for self and others.
Arresting an Addict During Intervention
It is safe to admit that drug addicts are not really in control of their lives, and base all their decisions and actions around whether it will allow them to continue obtaining and using more drug substances. However, this does not mean that they shouldn’t be held accountable for their actions while using drug substances. That said, there may be some controversy over whether it is appropriate to arrest an addict during a family intervention.
While one may argue that arresting a drug addict or drug dealer may be in the best interest of the individual and others around him, one must also consider the point of such an arrest. Obviously, an individual who is being arrested and placed in jail is being removed from society for their own safety and benefit, as well as the safety and benefit of everyone else around them who may be affected by their actions. However, simply spending time in jail does not solve the actual reasons for why they ended up there in the first place. In fact, many individuals who spend time in jail for drug abuse, addiction or dealing simply return to these actions immediately after their release. It follows, then, that if action is being taken to get the individual the actual help they need in order to conclusively address and permanently resolve their drug problems, this action should take precedence over an arrest. After all, the individual’s recovery and future health and happiness is the most important thing to restore.