A meth intervention has been reported to be one of the hardest types of meetings to conduct, due to the often violent and erratic behaviors that are so commonly associated with the use of the drug. Meth addicts are notorious for binge using, and it is only after a binge that a user may be extremely remorseful, and in turn, will promise their loved ones that they will not every use the drug again. Oftentimes, family members will delay a meth intervention because they will take the meth addict at his word; if they only realized the truth, which is that every meth binge only serves to strengthen the addiction until the addict is able to receive some type of professional drug treatment.
It is important to note that the ideal time to perform a meth intervention, in relation to having the highest chance of the meth addict agreeing to get treatment, has been reported to be within several weeks of the last meth binge; conversely, if a meth intervention is staged immediately after a binge, the meth addict will usually still be in manic phase and the chances of them agreeing to go to treatment will decrease dramatically. Fortunately, when an experienced interventionist is on hand, the opportunity for a meth intervention to be successful increases dramatically, regardless of when the last time that the meth addict has used; an exception to this in when a meth addict becomes paranoid or psychotic. When an intervention is done with a paranoid meth addict, he will believe that every person in attendance is conspiring against him and it will only feed their state of paranoia; thus, attempting to stage a meth intervention with someone in this condition is not only likely to be difficult, but it could also be quite dangerous.
How to Conduct a Meth Intervention:
In the case of a meth intervention, it would always be wise to have an intervention specialist present, because of the careful planning that will need to go into staging this delicate process. Identifying which loved ones will be present at the actual meth intervention meeting is generally the first step; the individuals who are chosen to make up the meth intervention team should only be made up of individuals who maintain a close day to day relationship with the addict. All of the people in this group should have firsthand knowledge about the individual's meth addiction problem and about the related behaviors. All of the people who will be present at the meth intervention should speak to each other about their personal experiences with the meth addict; doing this will help these loved ones to get a clearer picture of how serious the meth addiction is. It is vital that every person who wants to be included in the meth intervention process must be able to speak to the addict in a firm but loving way about going to treatment.
Before the meth intervention takes place, loved ones should select a quality drug treatment center; this includes making the necessary financial arrangements, booking transportation when the drug rehab facility is located in another state, and packing everything that the addict will need to take with them to the drug rehab facility. This will also be a good time for the intervention team to consider many of the potential objections that the addict may come up with, as a means of delaying drug treatment. When an interventionist will not be present for the meth intervention, the group must chose someone to lead the meeting with the addict; this individual will be needed to: direct loved ones as to where they should be seated, to help to determine where cars that the addict would recognize should be parked, and in what particular order that the letters should be read to the meth addict.
A pre-intervention meeting should take place before the meth intervention formally takes place. It is at this time that loved ones should take the time to rehearse exactly what they are going to say and to discuss some of the objections that the addict may bring up; it is at this time that the group should seek workable solutions to overcome any objections that may be raised by the person who is being intervened upon. An example of one of the objections that an addict may propose would be in asking who would care for their children while they are attending a long term drug rehab program. Loved ones should work together to iron out all of the details concerning this situation before the meth intervention is held.
After the meth intervention has concluded, if the addict has refused to accept the quality drug treatment that has been offered to them, each person in attendance should be fully prepared to share the consequences that are related to this decision. Each friend or family member's bottom line may be different, but an example of such consequences will often include no longer paying for items such as cell phones or vehicles and not allowing the addict to live in the family home. Because this is often the very first time that any of these loved ones have set limits with the addict, they may respond by being extremely angry. It is at this point that loved ones should stand firm and remember that they are only setting these limits for one reason; to make the addict so uncomfortable that they will make the potentially life-saving decision to accept the quality drug treatment that is now being offered to them.
It is important to remember that a meth intervention will occur, whether it is sooner or later; it could happen by the police or in a room where the addict is surrounded by their loved ones, in a compassionate forum. More than with any other type of addiction, meth use has often been reported to cause aberrant behaviors, which can put the meth user in a lethal confrontation with authorities; in such a case, the meth user may never again be able to have a chance of accepting treatment and becoming sober.