Drug Addiction Intervention
It’s hard to help somebody who doesn’t want any help. This is especially difficult when you and everyone can see that they are in serious trouble and need help. The trouble is they don’t want it and they do not believe they have a problem at all.
If there is a problem, it’s your problem not theirs. Friends quit trying, family members withdraw and the addicted person slips into deeper isolation. Drug addiction intervention is a kind of last measure if you will.
Nothing else has worked and those who care are trying one last thing to get the addict into treatment. It can be an emotional experience, not only for the addict but for his/her family and friends. It can be a time of healing, a time of reconciliation and a time of renewed hope. It’s not for amateurs to attempt and only trained professionals should facilitate an intervention, because there is so much at stake.
A meeting of the minds
A drug addiction intervention is a meeting, organized by family and friends, designed to bring encouragement and assurance to the addict that treatment is a viable option and a necessary one. Facilitated by a professional interventionist, the meeting will allow all in the room to share thoughts and feelings with the addict, in love, all for the purpose of helping him/her understand the damage the disease has done to their life.
The interventionist will conduct a pre-intervention meeting and ask all who are going to participate to write down their feelings and not just try to talk them out in the intervention. Writing everything down helps people to say what they need to say and stay on topic. It also is a tool for the interventionist to orchestrate the healing.
When everybody in the room has had the opportunity to share the addict will be given an opportunity to respond—that is agree to go into treatment, or risk losing something of value. Family members may shun the addict. Wives may leave the home with the children. Siblings may choose to shut them out entirely.
There must be consequences. Addicts will lie, cheat and manipulate their families, looking for the weak link in the chain. Sometimes a loving parent, in fear of losing their child, will enable the addictive behavior. Spouses want to hold on to their marriage and dread the idea of being alone, so they put up with all of the bad behavior.
Need to be well planned
Interventions are well-planned mediation sessions. The interventionist will keep the conversation as “redemptive” as possible, and acts as a kind of “traffic cop” to keep the conversation going in the right direction.
Because the family is intent on the addict going to treatment, they may even have a bad packed and ready to go, so the addict can go directly to treatment from the intervention. Treatment centers will handle all of the details, so it is important to allow the professionals to conduct the session and not try to wing it on your own.
A wide range of formats
While it is common for families to have the interventions, there can also be interventions at work. Interventions can range from a simple session, which is just a person asking another person to consider treatment, because they care. Sometimes this works. If there is a more serious situation, a crisis, that is for situations where the addict’s behavior has caused trouble.
They’ve had a DUI, they’ve displayed aggressive behavior, they are out of control. Most commonly, the regular or traditional intervention is used, gathering family and friends to share feelings. In extreme cases, there may be a group intervention when an entire family is confronted with their drinking, not just one person.
Get help from a treatment center or intervention specialist
People who consider an intervention are encouraged to contract the treatment center that will handle the program and begin the process.
It is very easy for those who are emotionally involved to get in the way of an intervention and literally act against the interventionist trying to facilitate the process. That’s why a trained professional is vital. The seasoned interventionist has seen it all before, knows what questions to ask and need to be answered, and most importantly knows the right approach to any situation.
Not like what you see on TV
Drug addiction intervention is not necessarily like the ones you see on television. Those has been selected and edited to provide the most entertaining program, and like other reality television shows, may not necessarily be reality.
That is another reason for seeking a trained professional person for a drug addiction intervention. The right setting, the right collection of people and the right approach are all important components to making sure an intervention is successful.