When substance abuse and addiction is detected by friends, family or coworkers it is necessary to confront it. The longer it is allowed to carry on the more damage can be caused. A very popular method of confrontation is drug abuse intervention. Drug interventions are strategically planned meetings of the addict and their loved ones focus on the problems of substance abuse and the chaos that it is causing. Addicts must be made aware of the problems their addiction is causing and how much it is hurting all the people that matter. The goal is to get them to see the damage they are causing, admit that their addiction is the causing, they need professional help and to get them to that help. These meetings are not simple, quick developed situations. They are very complex systems of engagement that must be meticulously planned.
Drug interventions are carefully planned meetings in which loved ones of an addict address their addiction. The goal is to get an addict to understand and accept their addiction and need of professional help. Studies show that most addicts require the help of a professional treatment center to successfully maintain sobriety over the long-term. Long-term, residential drug treatment is recommended by every professional in the field. Due to the intense nature of addiction, withdrawal, and treatment most addicts are unwilling to accept treatment without confrontation. This is where drug interventions come in to help. Since addiction is an incredibly complex issue it requires a detailed system of treatment. A drug intervention is a pivotal tool in the recovery process. Those interested in hosting an intervention should consider consulting with a professional interventionist. These individuals can help loved ones of an addict prepare the right way to conduct a successful drug intervention.
How to Stage an Intervention
The fundamentals of drug abuse intervention begin with preparation. The first step, after speaking with an intervention specialist, is to assemble the team. These should be responsible people who love and care for the addict. They should never be anyone who has used or abused drugs and/or alcohol with the addict. They must be able to efficiently deliver their message to the addict. Young children or anyone who may become too emotional should not be considered in this event. It is essential that those involved in the intervention understand all of the key points to running a successful one.
The next stage of hosting an intervention is to choose the right location. It should be a safe place that is both convenient and welcoming. Interventions are sensitive matters that must have the right environment to be received properly. There are different types of interventions, in some situations, addicts can be privy to the information of an intervention and in others, it can be best to surprise them. The idea is to limit the addict’s ability to sneak out of an intervention.
During the intervention, it is essential to remain calm. Emotions are part of this process, but anger, blame, guilt and any other similar type of emotion would be counterproductive to the process. The intervention should not place blame or judge, but rather show them how much loved one’s care and why they need help.
Finally, the intervention must make it easy for the addict to go to treatment. Those involved should have a plan and treatment center(s) that are available to the addict. That means taking care of their responsibilities, only so they can attend treatment. Do not give up on the process. Addiction is a difficult problem to overcome, but with love and persistence, addicts can recover.