Drug Addiction Intervention

It can be difficult for an individual who is caught up in drug addiction to reach out for the help they need. The individual can sometimes be in complete denial that they have a problem, or more often than not too physically and psychologically dependent to drugs to be able to quit on their own. When their drug use has reached a crisis level, and family and friends can't just sit back and watch any longer, a drug addiction intervention is sometimes the best option to get the individual in treatment. A drug addiction intervention is a powerful tool that family members, friends and coworkers can use when an individual doesn't have control of their addiction and can't get the help they need on their own.

An individual doesn't have to be at death's door or at "rock bottom" before they will accept help or drug rehab. This is a common misconception, and one that keeps so many addicts from getting the help they need. Once family members and loved ones, friends and coworkers have noticed the tell tale warning signs of addiction, it is time to do something about it. Some common signs to look out for are:

  • Change in friends or acquaintances and hanging out with a new group
  • Reclusive behavior i.e. long periods spent alone or isolated to oneself
  • Long or unexplained absences
  • Lying and stealing
  • Legal problems
  • Strained family relationships
  • Obvious intoxication, including being incoherent or unconscious
  • Changes in behavior and mood
  • Poor performance in school or work

If any of these common signs of drug use sound familiar, don't wait to do something about it. Hold a drug addiction intervention now before it is too late and the problem gets any worse.

It can be difficult to get all family members and friends on board with the decision to have a drug addiction intervention, and they too may be in denial or harbor their own guilt for enabling the individual and letting the situation get so out of control. With some convincing, these individuals can assist greatly in the drug addiction intervention and are often the key to getting the addict to accept treatment. A drug addiction intervention can help put enablers in a better position to get their lives back as well, because if the addict does not accept treatment, consequences can be put into motion which will cut off any support that the enablers had previously been giving the addict. It is important to educate all drug addiction intervention participants about the warnings signs, symptoms, and consequences of drug addiction and get them on board to get the individual started in treatment and give everyone involved hope for a better future.

A drug addiction intervention is an opportunity to confront an addict and tell them how drugs have been destroying their life and relationships with others, and how this can change for the better if they accept treatment. It isn't to be done in a negative way, but is more of a forum that will induce positive change and get the individual to see that things can get better if they accept help. While drug addiction intervention participants may harbor anger and want to vent frustrations in the confrontation, this is not the time and is not the purpose of an intervention. While voicing one's concerns in a drug addiction intervention can be therapeutic, it is a side benefit and not the overall goal. The only purpose of a drug addiction intervention is to get the individual in treatment at a drug rehab program as soon as possible, so everyone can get their lives back.

For a drug addiction intervention to be successful, it must be well thought out and planned. Each step including the days leading up to the actual intervention, the location, and who will be present are all very important components that must be methodically thought out. The most successful drug addiction interventions are carefully planned and developed in coordination with a professional interventionist who is typically a trained drug treatment professional who works in liaison with one or several drug rehab centers to get individuals in treatment. Drug rehab centers can refer families and friends to professional drug counselors who are experienced in the drug addiction intervention procedure and can help orchestrate an intervention as soon as possible.

One of the most important components of a drug addiction intervention is a controlled location, where the individual being confronted will sit and listen. It should be done in a distraction free environment that can accommodate all participants and will be a safe place to voice all concerns and opinions. This can take place in the home of a friend or family member, or even in the individual's place of work with the full cooperation of the employer. Instead of making the intervention a complete surprise to the addict, drug addiction intervention participants can let the individuals know that they are going to be working with a treatment counselor to discuss their drinking problem several days prior to the actual drug addiction intervention. Either way, once they walk into the drug addiction intervention they will know that they are surrounded by love and not judgment.

Drug addiction intervention participants should be carefully selected based on who the addict respects, loves and will listen to. Anyone what is important to the addict, individuals who will make a difference when heard, should be invited to participate in the confrontation. The more participants the better, and the more people that are involved the better the results. Examples of drug addiction intervention participants include members of the family, friends, co-workers, physicians, therapists and spiritual or religious advisors. Whoever is orchestrating the drug addiction intervention should be sure not to let their opinion of who should be included in the intervention effect the selection process. Keep in mind the ultimate goal, the addict in treatment.

The first thing that drug addiction participants should do in the days leading up to the confrontation is become educated about addiction, its consequences, and what drug rehab centers have to offer. The drug rehab or professional drug addiction interventionist that participants are working with will be able to provide reading materials and one-on-one sit downs with family members and loved ones to make everyone knowledgeable about drug addiction, what is to be expected during the intervention, and what treatment can do to turn things around.

Drug addiction intervention participants will be asked to prepare letters to the addict that will be read at the intervention. The most successful drug addiction interventions are very tightly scripted, so the use of letters helps keep the intervention focused and on track. Emotions can run high during an intervention, so a letter also helps keep what is to be communicated concise and effective. A letters can help prevent spontaneous anger or losing one's train of thought. Any kind of guilt trip during a drug addiction intervention can ruin everything, and the addict will be looking for any reason to leave the intervention. To ensure this does not occur, the letters to be used in an intervention should be scripted in a way that remains positive and focuses on the ultimate goal.

The letter can begin with a simple statement of love and concern, which should come straight from the heart. I can progress into recalling times when the addict did something positive, or was especially helpful or productive. This can catch the addict off-guard, as this is the last thing they will expect to hear. The letter can then explain how drugs have made things deteriorate, and give examples of this. Participants can explain in their letters the new found understanding of addiction, and that the only choice is for them to get help in a formal treatment setting. Participants should always reaffirm the love and concern that they have for the addict, and then ask them to accept help by leaving for treatment immediately. Having drug addiction intervention participants read their letters in this format can have a powerful effect on the addict. The strength of truth combined with having all of their loved ones surround them in their dire state can give them a moment of clarity when they will be able to accept the help they need.

The ultimate goal and last communication of each letter from the drug addiction intervention participants should be the desire for the addict to leave for drug rehab immediately. All of the research regarding which drug rehab is right for the individual should be done ahead of time, will all reservations and preparations made so they begin treatment as soon as they agree to do so. Work with the interventionist to discover which treatment options exist and choose the drug rehab facility that will suit the addict's needs based on their history of drug use and unique circumstances.

What if the individual does not accept treatment? This is one of the most important components of a drug addiction intervention, as there must be consequences if they refuse treatment and let their destructive behavior continue to occur. These consequences are often referred to as .bottom lines., and drug addiction intervention participants should only read their bottom lines if the individual refuses to go to treatment. If they agree to go to rehab, there is no need to introduce negativity as the intervention would have been a success. Likewise, if a drug addiction intervention participant is not able to communicate and follow through with their bottom lines, they should not participate. These bottoms lines are not meant to threaten the addict, but are also done out of love and concern by those who are no longer willing to enable their habit.

Drug addiction intervention participants should be prepared to handle any objections, legitimate or otherwise, that the addict might use as an excuse to not immediately leave for treatment. The real logistics can often be anticipated and taken care of well ahead of time, and all concerned can pitch in to make this happen. Drug addiction intervention participants should be vigilant in keeping to the program and not accepting any excuses as to why the individual cannot leave for treatment right away. Always stay focused on the goal of getting the individual in drug rehab and better so that they can participate in the more positive aspects of life.

Drug addiction interventions most often achieve the goal of getting the individual in treatment. If by chance the addict refuses this help, intervention participants should not lose hope as it can sometimes take time for what has happened to set in and digest. It isn't anyone's fault, except the addicts, that they didn't choose treatment over drugs. Having the drug addiction intervention is the best thing for everyone in the long run, as the truth has been communicated and hopefully the participants will stick to their bottom lines and cut off any enabling immediately. In this vein, participants should be vigilant and follow through with all bottom lines while also being there for the individual when they do decide they want help.

A drug addiction intervention which is conducted with plenty of aforethought, love and compassion can ultimately save the life of someone you love. The family and loved ones of an addict have nothing to lose and everything to gain by communicating truth and letting the addict know how much they will lose by choosing drugs over the ones that mean the most. Contact a drug rehab in your area and begin working with a professional drug treatment counselor who can help organize a drug addiction intervention for someone you know as soon as possible.


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