Successful Drug Intervention: A Step-By-Step Guide

Successful Drug Intervention: A Step-By-Step Guide


About 21.5 million adults in the U.S. become
addicted to drugs or alcohol each year. There’s nothing more frustrating or helpless
than watching someone you love become a victim of addiction. But don’t lose hope just yet. One of the most important lifelines for victims
of substance abuse is an intervention. Let’s review the drug intervention process
step by step. Find an Intervention Specialist
The first step in staging a substance abuse intervention is getting into contact with
a specialist. A specialist also knows exactly what strategies
to use in order to defuse potentially challenging situations. Put Together an Intervention Team
It’s important that an intervention involves all the people that the addicted person knows,
trusts, and loves. Everybody on the team should have a meaningful
relationship with the person they are there to help. An enlisted professional will help you put
together a strategy, but you should figure out who should join the intervention and address
their loved one’s needs. People like parents, siblings, partners, and
close friends are ideal. You can also include the addicted person’s
children or elderly family members. Just be sure that they’re prepared for the
more intense moments that may occur during an intervention. Pick the Right Place
The key to substance abuse intervention is good planning. It’s important to know the place and time
the intervention will take place. Try not to a time when they’re excessively
tired or frustrated. Make sure the individual has some time free
and is in a good frame of mind, and sober. In terms of location, you can hold the intervention
at home because it’s a comfortable environment where the individual feels safe. This may help spark a productive conversation. On the other hand, doing it at home might
cause the individual to associate the location with negative emotions. You can also choose to select a more formal
location, such as someone else’s house, a community center, or a church. Plan and prepare
You should create an exact script of what you plan to say. Set the order of who should speak and when. Those who may have the most impact on the
individual should speak first. Each person should talk about concrete examples
of how their loved one’s actions have personally affected them. The point of this confrontation is not to
sound like you’re attacking the individual–but rather to appeal to them from a personal standpoint
about their behavior. Another thing you need to establish ahead
of time is a treatment plan for the addicted person. Conduct the intervention
Begin the intervention with an affirmation from the team. It’s important that the addicted person knows
that everybody is there out of love for them and the desire to get them help. Explain that the purpose of the intervention
is to help them understand that they have a problem and that the best solution for that
problem is for them to accept treatment. Set Firm Consequences
Even as you’re staying positive with your tone, message, and body language, it’s just
as important that you decide beforehand with your team what the consequences will be if
the addict doesn’t get immediate help. These consequences could include eviction,
the family moving out, removing financial support, revoking visitation rights with children,
or even cutting off contact with the addicted person. These consequences may be extreme, but the
point is to demonstrate the severity of the situation they have created. Although this intervention is an attempt at
offering help, it’s also an ultimatum. Be sure that this is firmly communicated during
the conversation. For a victim of drug addiction, the loving
intervention of family and friends might be the only way to reach out and find help. The sooner you start this intervention process,
the sooner your loved one can start on the road to addiction recovery. If you’d like to learn more about addiction
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