If you are new to the world of drug addiction, then it’s important to understand that there is a right way and a wrong way to go about drug abuse intervention.
Since you found your way here, I can only assume that you’re trying to intervene on somebody’s behalf in the right way.
You want to see them succeed…
You want to see them get past their drug addiction, or alcohol addiction for that matter…
You don’t want to see them struggle with this problem any longer.
And that’s totally understandable. I get it.
That’s why I’m here to help you.
So without any further interruption, let’s look at the best way to implement some type of drug abuse intervention…
Should I Try and Intervene in the Addict’s Life on My Own?
Honestly, I know you mean well and you certainly want to help the person struggling with addiction. But I really don’t recommend trying to implement an intervention on your own if you’ve never done one before.
There are many important aspects of an intervention that you just don’t know, so you need to get into contact with a drug counselor who can recommend the right type of drug abuse intervention specialist to help you with this matter.
If you don’t know who to call on, one of the easiest ways to find a professional intervention specialist is to contact members of the local Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous group in your area.
There will probably be members of either of these organizations that can help you out, or they will be able to point you in the direction of somebody who knows how to properly handle an intervention.
So I recommend you try not to do this by yourself, and you get into contact with the right person to help you pull off this intervention the way it needs to be done.
What Are Some of the Things That Will Happen during a Drug Abuse Intervention?
For starters, the intervention specialist is going to recommend that you do not tell the addict about the intervention prior to it taking place.
I know this may seem kind of shady and secretive, but the most effective way to get the drug addict into the intervention is to convince them that they are going there for different reasons.
If they think they are showing up to a meeting that they aren’t going to like, then they aren’t going to show up at all. And that would be obviously counterproductive, and prevent you from achieving the results that you are trying to obtain.
If you don’t know this already, the ultimate result of an intervention is to get the drug addict into some type of treatment program. Once they are in treatment, they will have the best chance possible of controlling their drug addiction so that it doesn’t ruin their life any longer.
In most cases, the treatment program that the drug addict will enter into will be a drug rehabilitation center. But this wouldn’t be true for all instances.
Sometimes the intervention specialist will recommend that outpatient drug addiction treatment take place. Or he or she may recommend that the addict meet with a drug counselor to help get this problem under control. And in other instances, the intervention specialist might recommend one of the 12 step programs.
You need to speak with the specialist helping you set up this intervention, and ask them what they feel the right course of action will be. Nine times out of 10, the recommended course of action is inpatient drug rehab.
When a person gets to the point where they need intervention in their life, their addiction is usually so far out of control that inpatient rehabilitation is the best option to help them.
As Far As the Actual Drug Abuse Intervention Is Concerned…
You will gather a group of the addict’s friends, family and loved ones, and sit down with this person and tell them how their addiction is personally affecting your lives.
More often than not, the friends and family members will take some time prior to the intervention to write down all of the ways that they love and care about this individual, and they will talk about all of the feelings and emotions that they have about this person’s drug abuse.
It’s often a very emotional situation, and many of the participants will get upset. They might cry, or yell, or feel the whole gamut of emotions that need to be released.
It might seem like things are spiraling out of control, but the situation is often very healing for all the participants. And not just the drug addict themselves.
So if you think it could help, I recommend you implement a drug abuse intervention as soon as possible.
Because like I mentioned already, not only will you be helping the drug addict struggling with addiction… you will help all of the friends, family and co-workers of the addict who have watched this person throw their life away right in front of their eyes.
It’s a very healing process for all parties involved.