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Drug Abuse Intervention

A drug abuse intervention is an extremely useful tool that friends and family members can use when someone they love and care about either refuses help or is in complete denial about their drug abuse problem. Being in denial and refusing help are not uncommon circumstances, so drug abuse interventions are used all the time to help convince individuals that they need help. The best time to do a drug abuse intervention is as soon as the problem is evident, and family members and friends or whoever else is intervening don't have to wait until the individual is at "rock bottom". By the time someone reaches this point, there are so many consequences that have already taken place for both the addicted individual and their loved ones. So much of this can be avoided when early intervention takes place, and the individual actually has a better chance at making a full recovery the sooner the make it to treatment.

Anyone can hold a drug abuse intervention for someone they care about, and they can either do it on their own or they can get help from someone who has experience in holding a drug abuse intervention and make it a successful process. There are a lot of things which can pop up in the course of an intervention which can throw it off track, so it can help having an outside party there who knows how to get it back on track so that the person actually makes it to treatment and all efforts to intervene will have been worth it. For example, it is common for individuals who are abusing drugs to lash out or make others feel that they are to blame for their drug abuse and completely turn things around on those who are intervening. A lot of emotions are sometimes involved which can get in the way, and these emotions can stop an intervention dead in its tracks and compromise it entirely. So having a professional interventionist who isn't emotionally involved as part of the process and is unbiased will assist greatly in achieving the ultimate goal of getting the individual into treatment.

One of the most crucial aspects of making a drug abuse intervention successful is having the appropriate drug rehab program chosen and all arrangements made for the individual's arrival, as soon as they agree to get help. If it has gotten to the point where someone needs an intervention, it typically means that they will need intensive treatment and will be in rehab for a while. These types of programs are called long-term drug rehab programs, which provide treatment typically over a 3 to 6 month period in an inpatient or residential treatment settings. There are all types of long-term rehabs to choose from, including holistic programs and alternative programs, so families have a number of quality options to choose from. The important thing is to have all of the arrangements made in advance, so the moment the individual decides to go the rehab process begins. Bags are packed, flights are booked, and child care is arranged etc. so that all the person has to worry about is taking the time to make themselves a better person.

The actual drug abuse intervention can be held anywhere, but the venue should be as private and distraction free as possible. It wouldn't be appropriate to hold it in a public place for example, due to the discreetness in which these meetings should take place. Someone's home or another private setting is the most appropriate meeting place for everyone to gather, where everyone can meet for as long as needed to convince the individual to get help. It takes as long as it takes, so there should be plenty of time set aside for anyone participating to focus solely on the purpose of the drug abuse intervention which is getting the individual to rehab, today.

The drug abuse intervention itself it very simple, and it consists of each participant reading a pre-authored letter to the individual being intervened upon communicating to them certain things which will help persuade them to get help. Participants will want to communicate how the person's drug abuse has not only affected their life, but the lives of others and their relationships with those people. There is a right away and a wrong way to communicate these things in a drug abuse intervention. To be angry or to run any kind of a guilt trip is typically going to backfire. This is not what a drug abuse intervention is all about; it isn't a forum for loved ones to air their guilt trip and anger towards the addicted person. The only goal is to get the person help, and this should always come from a place of love and concern. So anyone with any other kind of agenda should never be a part of a drug abuse intervention because they will jeopardize the process.

Drug abuse intervention participants are generally people who have an impact in the addicted person's life, so the intervention process is generally a very successful one which results in many individuals getting the help they need. If for any reason someone doesn't accept this help as part of a drug abuse intervention, there are steps which can be taken to help stop any further co-dependency issues with other friends or family members and possibly bring enough undue pressure on the person to convince them to go to rehab after all. These steps and measures are typically called "bottom lines" and can include things such as stopping any financing of their habit directly or indirectly, and even going so far as getting the law involved in some cases. If someone is an unfit parent for example, taking away custody of their children could be enough to snap them into reality that they have a problem they need help for. There is no measure too drastic if it means the difference between life and death for someone addicted to drugs, and they will thank you for it in the end.