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Nobody wants to stand by and just watch someone destroy their own life through drug addiction. Unfortunately, too many find themselves in this very scenario when they discover a loved one is dependent on a life-altering substance.

Only an addict can decide when the time is right for detox treatment, but family members can help expedite this process by performing a drug intervention.

What is an intervention?

Family and friends can enact a carefully rehearsed performance with the help of a professional alcohol and drug counselor or doctor. Sometimes, the attendance may extend to clergy members, co-workers, or anyone else who may have a big impact on a patient’s decision.

During this performance, everyone attends a meeting with the user to discuss how their addiction has affected them and to otherwise confront all of the consequences. In particular, an intervention:

  • Spells out an ultimatum for every loved one in attendance: “If you don’t go to rehab, you will never be welcome in our home again.”
  • Cites specific examples of the impact of the user’s behavior
  • Suggests a treatment plan, including clear rules and goals.

Do I need an intervention specialist?

It is not always necessary to have professional help assisting with an intervention, but they’ve been trained to organize an effective procedure given the specifics of the scenario and the drug being abused; they’re also able to come up with a more effective detox treatment plan.

It is preferable to enlist a specialist for help, especially if the addict:

  • Has serious, unstable mental illness
  • Is taking multiple mood-altering drugs
  • Has recently discussed suicide
  • Has displayed suicidal behavior
  • Has a known history of violence

How to perform an intervention

After forming a group, the professional will assist everyone come up with an effective strategy for the meeting. No single plan works as a blanket solution for all addicts; it is necessary to tailor the strategy and treatment plan specifically to each individual scenario.

Once the strategy is in place, the specialist will help every member participating in the intervention learn the basics of both addiction and recovery. Education on this process is necessary to have full empathy and compassion for their loved one. Still, everyone must rehearse everything they want to say carefully.

Once everyone has their speeches prepared and memorized, it’s time to determine when and where to hold the intervention. It should occur wherever the patient feels most comfortable and familiar, giving them the most comfort advantage. Ideally, it should also occur when the loved one is sober.

Finally, it’s important to be prepared for anything at all. Like the nature of addiction treatment, addiction itself varies so much between individuals, and some interventions will be more of an uphill battle than others. By having an intervention specialist on board, you’ll have the most advantage in creating a calming environment that doesn’t create an aura of hostility.