If a friend, colleague or loved one has a drug problem, chances are they will not admit to having a problem. The odds are even slimmer that he or she will check into a drug rehab facility and get professional help to treat the addiction.
To help individuals admit they have a problem, many people call an intervention. A drug intervention program involves getting a group of concerned friends or family members together, and approaching the individual about their drug addiction.
Here are ten things everyone should know about the intervention process.
Never attempt a drug intervention without a professional. Interventionists insure that the conversation will stay productive, and that the environment is a safe on in which to conduct the intervention.
Interventions don’t necessarily have to be called by family members. Often, close friends or even co-workers have been known to call for an intervention. The only common denominator is a deep concern for the individual with the drug problem.
Inventions might take longer than a day. Sometimes an intervention doesn’t “take” after the first meeting. Many individuals with a drug addiction are buried in denial, and may not come to grips with their problem in just a single sitting. People who choose to call an intervention need to be prepared for further meetings, sometimes lasting over the course of days or months.
Never be confrontational in an intervention. The intervention itself is intimidating enough to the drug addict. Don’t make matters worse by shouting or raising your voice during the meeting. Get the point across, but always try to keep the climate as non-heated as possible.
Don’t wait to call an intervention. Experts agree that the planning for an intervention should begin as soon as friends or family recognize that the individual has a drug problem. Every day spent waiting to start is another day the individual falls deeper and deeper into the cycle of addiction.
There is strength in numbers. The more people present at the intervention, the more the individual in question will see the impact of his or her behavior.
Choose one person to speak. Do not come at the individual from all angles. Work with the interventionist to choose a spokesperson who will act as the “lead voice” for the group.
Intervention is only the first step. Holding an intervention does not mean the individual is “cured”. On the contrary, it is only the beginning a long, important journey towards sobriety. But getting the individual to understand that they need help is the only way to start.
Get them into rehab right away! If the individual admits to having a drug addiction during the intervention, it is advised that they be taken to a drug or alcohol treatment center immediately. The admission is a key moment, checking that person in helps keep the momentum going. Having their bags packed beforehand is a good idea as well.
At Moonview Sanctuary we help those individuals who need to plan an intervention for a friend or loved one. Contact Moonview Sanctuary today for more information about their Addiction Treatment Program.