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Drug Addiction Intervention Tips

A drug addiction intervention is an effective tool that can connect a loved one to the recovery process.  Many people get so bogged down in the cycles of addiction that they are unable to do what it takes to stop drug abuse on their own. Cravings, denial, fears about withdrawal symptoms and the perpetual drug seeking and using are characteristics of addiction that typically consumes the daily life of a drug addict. Habitual drug use can also hijack those brain functions that govern rational thinking to the extent that it prevents individuals with severe addictions from proactively exploring their treatment options.  As a result, the only hope of getting on the road to recovery for some addicts is by way of a drug intervention.  

While it is true that drug interventions are emotionally charged for everyone involved, they can be life-saving events.  Unfortunately, most family members put off a drug addiction intervention until the substance abuse has caused severe physical or psychological impairment. And for others, staging an intervention did not happen soon enough. If your loved one is battling drug addiction and you are considering confronting them about it with the hope of get them into a treatment program.

Drug Addiction Intervention Tips to get you Started

  1. Talk to concerned family and close friends about your plan to stage a drug intervention.
  2. Contact a drug treatment facility and ask a professional drug interventionist about their services or for advice on the steps to planning and executing an effective family intervention.    
  3. Decide on who will participate in the intervention.
  4. Be careful to plan and rehearse what will be said to the person in addiction.  Remember, drug interventions are not designed to judge or berate, but to encourage and motivate the individual in addiction to recognize their need for and to move towards recovery and sobriety.   
  5. Select a safe venue where there is limited opportunity for distractions.
  6. It is important that the intervention occurs when the individual is not high or inebriated. As such choosing a date and time for the intervention should occur with this probability in mind.
  7. Work with a drug treatment center that will facilitate admission into a program after the intervention.  
  8. Decide on an appropriate consequence if the individual refuses to get help.  This is especially important if the addiction put family members in danger.  
  9. If possible, utilize the services of a professional drug interventionist to facilitate at the meeting who can assist with:

                 – Organizing the addiction intervention team
                 –  Intercept potentially volatile developments
                 –  Keep the intervention on track
                 –  Arrange admissions and transport the individual directly to the rehab center.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as a relapsing brain disease that responds to appropriate treatment intervention.  The major characteristic of addiction is the uncontrollable use of drugs despite negative and potentially life-threatening consequences.  In reality, people with serious long term addictions have usually tried and failed to unable to stop drug abuse on their own or have experience only temporary periods of abstinence. A benefit of a drug intervention is that it provides the person in addiction a higher level of support when family members come together in a united front to share their concerns. It also strengthens the family in the event that it becomes necessary to carry out any consequences outlined during the drug intervention. Studies show more than 80% percent of all addicts who participate in an intervention seek treatment within 24 hours and at least 15% of the remaining 20% enter treatment within a week following the meeting.

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