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Drug Intervention Steps

It is always difficult having to see someone you care about ruining their life with drugs, and it isn't always the easiest thing to confront them about it either. Concerned family and friends who attempt to confront someone who is in the throes of addiction are typically met with persuasive rebuttals or complete denial, if not utter belligerence for even bringing it up which makes any efforts to help them completely unproductive. But when you do nothing, the problem isn't going to go away and certainly isn't going to get any better. The more time that passes, the worse the problem will become. So it is important that measures are taken as soon as possible so that drug abuse and its consequences can be stopped before it is too late. One of the most effective measures which can be taken to help someone right away is a drug intervention.

The first step of a drug intervention is to gather anyone who will be a part of the drug intervention or who can provide any insight and input and have a meeting to discuss exactly what the plan will be and what will be said. This meeting can consist of family members, close friends, co workers, and anyone else who can have a positive impact during the drug intervention process. This would not include anyone who will negatively impact it, such as anyone who doesn't agree with the intervention or the person getting help such as drug using acquaintances or anyone who is in denial about the problem. Anyone who will participate in the drug intervention should note what will be brought up during the actual intervention itself, including the ways in which the person's addiction has affected their life and relationships. Anyone participating in this meeting and in the actual drug intervention will have to agree to keep all of this discussion and anything else about the intervention completely confidential, so as to not jeopardize the planning process and the intervention itself. If the addicted individual discovers that an intervention is to be held for example, they could disappear and an intervention won't be possible.

The next step of a drug intervention is to consult with a professional interventionist or addiction specialist and go over the plan in place, and discuss whether or not an interventionist should take part in the actual meeting for the drug intervention. It isn't always necessary to have an interventionist oversee the meeting, although it can be helpful if a problem arises. Many successful interventions have been conducted without a professional, but it can be helpful to rehearse the intervention and receive any valid input from a professional interventionist or addiction specialist if participants choose to do the intervention on their own. Interventionists and addiction specialists can also make very helpful suggestions in terms of what drug rehab program will be appropriate based off of the addicted individual's drug history. For example, there are drug rehab programs which address substance abuse issues for seniors and those who cater to the needs of younger clients. Many options are available and professionals can help family members determine which one will be most effective for their loved one and also help with the arrangements and logistics.

Once all of these steps are in order, the actual drug intervention can take place in a private location where there will be no distractions during the meeting. One by one, drug intervention participants can confront the addicted individual with their concerns and the reality of how their drug use has resulted in so many devastating consequences including loss of employment, possessions, relationships, etc. More importantly and in conclusion of each confrontation, participants can communicate how this can all be turned around if they get help today. It may not take each participant reading their letter to the individual to get them to agree to get help, and they may go willingly just seeing how many people are concerned and worried about their wellbeing. If they do agree to get help, it is important that they are sent on their way without hesitation to avoid any last minute second thoughts or setbacks. It is common to have luggage and transportation ready and at the intervention itself in anticipation of their arrival to rehab for example, so any logistics which could delay their departure should be handled prior to the actual intervention meeting.

There is always a chance that someone won't make the right decision to get help through an intervention, and in this case there must be consequences and ultimatums in place. These consequences and ultimatums protect those who are being negatively affected by the person's addiction, and may in the end be what actually convinces the individual to go to rehab. These consequences and ultimatums should only be those which drug intervention participants are willing to enforce, and can include things such as not lending the person any more money if someone is directly or indirectly supporting their habit, or even leaving a partner or spouse or taking a child away from someone who is obviously an unfit parent. While these consequences and ultimatums may be painful for everyone involved, it is the only hope that the person will see the error in their ways and ultimately accept the help being offered to them.

Drug interventions can help turn an otherwise hopeless situation into a much better outcome not only for the addicted individual but for their friends and loved ones who are also affected by their substance abuse. It may seem daunting, but all efforts will be worth it in the end when the individual can receive treatment and become a better person for themselves and the ones the love. So don't wait to hold an intervention, as there is no need to delay helping someone who apparently can't help themselves. The sooner a drug intervention is held, the sooner the individual can get back home to their friends and family and lead a productive and happy life.