An addiction intervention is sometimes necessary when an individual is abusing drugs or alcohol and they lose control of their drug use and can't put an end to it on their own. Typically, an addict lives in a state of complete denial and can't see, and doesn't want to see, how their addiction is destroying their lives and the lives of those that love them the most. This is partially because of the hold that drugs can take once an individual becomes dependent and addicted to them, both physically and mentally, and feels that they need to use these substances every day just to feel normal. Family members and loved ones who care about the addicted individual soon find themselves reeled into this addictive behavior, either the victim of the addict's actions or in an enabling capacity which is even worse. So addiction doesn't only affect the addicted individual, and this can wreak havoc in the lives of those who truly care for the addict and just want them to be happy and drug free.
An addiction intervention puts the family, loved ones, friends and co-workers out of a position of being victimized and watching the addicted individual deteriorate, into a position of power with the ability to do something about the problem. It is a simple process that anyone can do on their own or with the help of a professional addiction interventionist. It is recommended that those seeking to hold an addiction intervention elicit the help of a professional addiction interventionist, who has a better understanding of the addiction intervention process and will be able to provide guidance and support through this difficult time. Addiction interventions can be highly emotionally charged gatherings, but they don't have to be. It is wise to have a professional addiction interventionist there to mediate and get things back on track when emotions do run high.
Prior to the addiction intervention, intervention participants will meet with the professional addiction interventionist so that he or she can gain an understanding of the nature and degree of the problem. This will give the addiction interventionist an idea of how to proceed, and which drug rehab program is best for the addicted individual. At this time, the interventionist will also lay out the exact plan of how the addiction intervention will take place including where and who will be a part of the meeting. Ideally, you want to hold the addiction intervention in a location that is private and where you can hold the meeting uninterrupted. In terms of who will participate in the addiction intervention, you will want to have the individuals there that will have an impact on the addict's decision to go to treatment. If a participant is not on the same page as everyone else in terms of the ultimate goal, there is no reason for that individual to participate or be present at the time of the addiction intervention.
As stated earlier, the interventionist will have a good idea of which drug rehab program the addicted individual should take part in when they accept help at the addiction intervention. Intervention participants should become informed as to the treatment curriculum of this program, how long it will take, where it will be, etc. so that they can answer any questions that come up at the addiction intervention. Whoever is taking the lead on this should make all preparations with the drug rehab facility well beforehand, so that they are fully aware of the addict's impending arrival and are prepared to welcome them when they do arrive. Handle all other logistics and have enough aforethought to make sure the addict can leave immediately for treatment once they do accept it, i.e. have a bag packed, tell their boss, make arrangements for their children etc.
At the addiction intervention itself, concerned family and loved ones will read prepared letters to that addict that explain how their addicted has affected their own lives and the lives of everyone they love and care about. Addiction intervention participants are encouraged to include facts and reflect on actual times when things were good between them and the addict prior to drugs, and in contrast how things are now. This doesn't have to be done as a guilt trip, and the letters are more effective when read out of love and concern. Any chance the addict gets to leave the addiction intervention they will take, so it is important that the addiction intervention be properly manipulated by participants to ensure this doesn't occur. A sure way to get the addict to bolt from the addiction intervention is to get angry at them or make them feel guilty, as they already will already feel guilty enough.
The purpose of the addiction intervention, and the only purpose, is to get the addicted individual to accept help and leave for treatment immediately. This is how each letter should be concluded, an offer of help. The addict will probably have questions about the treatment option chosen and will bring up various concerns, which is why having a professional addiction interventionist present can really come in handy. Once the individual accepts treatment, take every measure possible to ensure that they are immediately fast-tracked out the door to start drug rehab right away. As stated before, participants can anticipate most of the logistics involved and take care of any concerns so that the individual feels comfortable leaving right away. Anything which slows this process may possibly sabotage all efforts made thus far, so don't let anything get in the way of your loved one getting help.
There is always the possibility that the addicted individual does not accept the help offered, and chooses to remain in drugs. Unfortunately, not matter how good your intentions are, if someone doesn't want the help you are offering them there's not much you can do about it. However, there is something addiction intervention participants can do about how the individual's addiction is affecting their lives. If the individual won't go to drug rehab after being confronted at the addiction intervention, participants should have very definite consequences laid out to protect themselves and to hopefully put the position where they see no other solution but to go to treatment. For example, if the addict is living with you they will be required to leave your property immediately if they don't leave for treatment. If the addict has children, Child Protective Services will be contacted immediately and the children will be placed with a loved one or in an appropriate environment until the addicted individual gets the help they need. If any of the addiction intervention participants are not willing or able to enforce these consequences, they should not participate in the addiction intervention.
Most will accept the help offered at an addiction intervention, and go on to become fully rehabilitated and live happy and drug-free lives. Many thousands of individuals have been rescued from a life of addiction because someone who loved and cared about them was brave enough to hold an addiction intervention and get them the help they needed.
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- Alcohol Abuse Treatment and Self-Help: How to Stop Drinking and Start Recovery
- Self-Help Groups for Alcohol Addiction: Alcoholics Anonymous and Other Alcohol Addiction Support Groups
- Choosing an Alcohol Treatment Program: What to Look for in Alcohol Rehab
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- Women and Alcohol: The Hidden Risks of Drinking
- Are You Almost Alcoholic? You Don’t Have to be an Alcoholic to Have a Drinking Problem
- Teenage Drinking: Understanding the Dangers and Talking to Your Child
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- Drug Abuse and Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, and Help for Drug Problems and Substance Abuse
- Overcoming Drug Addiction: Substance Abuse Treatment, Recovery, and Help
- Self-Help Groups for Drug Addiction: Narcotics Anonymous and Other Addiction Support Groups
- Choosing a Drug Treatment Program: What to Look for in Substance Abuse Rehab
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders
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- How to Quit Smoking: A Guide to Kicking the Habit for Good
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- Cutting and Self-Harm: Self-Injury Help, Support, and Treatment
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