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Types of Drug Interventions

If you suspect or know with certainty that someone you care about has a drug or alcohol problem, a drug intervention is the correct way to organize a confrontation which can successfully get them into treatment. There are different circumstances in which a drug intervention may be necessary and varying approaches depending on certain factors including who is intervening whether it is a parent, spouse and other family members and friends or even a coworker. Why is an intervention necessary? Because if you have tried to confront an addict without have a game plan and a solution to the problem you very well know the outcome, and it typically isn't a good one. This article will explain the different types of drug interventions and how to make them successful, so that you don't have to procrastinate any longer or even worse waste your breathe confronting an addict who isn't ready to listen.

An early intervention is just what the name implies; a drug intervention conducted by family, friends, coworkers etc. on an individual who is not necessarily at a crisis point or at "rock bottom" but definitely has a substance abuse problem for which they are either in denial or won't stop on their own. Despite what you may have heard, addicts don't have to be in handcuffs or at death's door to be ready to accept help. Why sit back and watch someone even get to this point when there is something that can be done about it now? An early drug intervention can help individuals avoid legal, health and social consequences as a result and actually may be more receptive to getting help. The more and more transgressions they commit against themselves and other and the more dependent they get to drugs, the more likely they are to alienate themselves and push away anyone trying to help them. Early drug interventions can help families stay together, help individuals maintain employment, and provide so many other benefits making it worth the effort.

An emergency intervention on the other hand would be a type of drug intervention that must be conducted with urgency, most likely because the addict has either become a danger to themselves or others, or both. An emergency drug intervention would be conducted if someone had overdoses, threatened or attempted suicide, become involved in illegal activity to further their habit which could result in serious legal consequences, or even if they are putting their health at serious risk as a result of their drug use. Because it is critical that an emergency intervention be successful, it is recommended that anyone organizing the intervention seek help from a professional interventionist and remain vigilant in seeing the process through as quickly as possible. Emergency interventions are often the difference between life and death for the addict, so getting help from an interventionist can ensure the intervention is conducted with the utmost urgency and accuracy.

Parents may have to do a drug intervention on their teenager, and a teen drug intervention is a type of intervention that is handled a bit differently than one which would be held for an adult. Teen interventions often require that parents use tact in confronting their teen, due to the rebellious streak that most teens have whether or not they are abusing drugs and/or alcohol. A teen drug intervention often times requires an outside party, such as a trained addiction specialist or drug interventionist that the teen will listen to as opposed to their parents, for which they may only show opposition. There are professional interventionists who specialize in dealing with teens and conducting successful teen interventions, so it is recommended that parents save themselves the heartache and get help from a professional who can get their teen the help they need. There are many quality drug rehab programs for teens, which work with teens to develop methods to cope with peer pressure and the pressures of life so that they can preserve their youth and begin to success academically and socially.

While it is rare, some interventions are needed among co-workers and in the workplace. It isn't unheard of for individuals to be closer to people at work than they are with their own families. When it is evident that a co-worker has a drug or alcohol problem, people in the workplace can step in and try and help a person for whom they have developed a closeness to and affinity for. A workplace drug intervention can be discreet, and many companies provide a leave of absence for workers who need drug rehab. In fact, most private insurance companies who provide health insurance through large and small business also cover the costs of rehab. So there is no reason to not get help, and co-workers can get through to an addict so that they don't have to suffer the consequences of their substance abuse, such as losing their job and family.

Whatever type of drug intervention is needed, there is always an exact plan which should be in place based on the situation at hand. So whether a teenager needs help, or a spouse, or even a co-worker, there is a structured approach which must be adhered to if the intervention is to be successful. Most successful interventions end in the individual getting help, because intervention participants will have consulted with and worked closely with addiction specialists, and the help of a drug interventionist is always a crucial aspect of an intervention's success. Not only can a drug interventionist help with the intervention itself, but also direct friends, family members, and co-workers towards the appropriate solution in terms of which drug rehab program is most suitable for their friend, loved one or co-worker. So whether it is an emergency drug intervention or an early drug intervention, interventions can help save lives and help addicts who would otherwise waste their lives away with drugs or alcohol. Whatever type of intervention is needed, get it started right away for someone you care about.