There is a right way and a wrong way to hold a drug intervention. If family members don't follow an exact plan and have the appropriate approach and attitude during a drug intervention, it can backfire and their loved one won't be able to get the help they need. Instead of family members being in control of the drug intervention and their loved one feeling supported and helped, it can have the total opposite effect and spin out of control making all efforts for naught. Because drug interventions can involve very deep rooted and powerful emotions and feelings, it is important for intervention participants to keep a cool head and remember that the ultimate goal is to get their loved one in treatment. To make a drug intervention as smooth and successful as possible, here are some tips to help family members and other drug intervention participants out.
First and foremost, all drug intervention participants should be educated about a drug intervention and have the appropriate mindset when entering into the process. If there is any doubt, it is always wise to enlist the help of a professional drug interventionist who can help explain to intervention participants what to expect during the intervention, what they need to prepare and do, how they should act during the intervention itself, and what kind of expectations to have when the individual is being confronted in the intervention. An interventionist will also better know what type of drug rehab program will be most suitable for the individual being helped, and can help as a liaison between the rehab center and family members in terms of logistics, financial arrangement etc. It can also help to have a completely unbiased party at an intervention who understands that everyone has been through a lot and it can get off track very easily with all of the emotions involved. An interventionist knows how to get an intervention back on track if things don't go as planned. Having an unbiased party at the intervention itself can make a difference for the addict as well, who may see the interventionist as someone completely uninvolved in their personal life that only has the intention to help them.
Another important tip is to ensure that drug intervention participants are carefully selected, and the list of such participants are typically those people who have the greatest influence on the addict. Keep in mind that anything and everything must be done to get the addict help, even if it means family members who don't get along putting all of that aside for the intervention to achieve this goal. Anyone who feels that they cannot abide by these simple requests or who won't be an asset during the intervention shouldn't be a part of it. Remember, family members and close friends who do participate in the drug intervention will have to communicate in a loving and supporting way how their substance abuse had affected the addict's personality, behavior, and life in general as well as their relationship with the addict. The purpose of an intervention is not to provide a forum for loved ones to vent their emotions and frustrations. Communicating these things in an angry or bitter way will backfire, so participants must also agree to be on board with the way these things will be communicated to the addict with the intention to get them into rehab today.
One of the best drug intervention tips is to have a very well laid out plan which lays out exactly how and when the intervention will be held and how the addict will be gotten there. The intervention will of course be kept on the down low so that it isn't sabotaged. The intervention itself should be conducted in a quiet location where there are no time constraints or distractions. For example, it wouldn't be a good idea to have the intervention in a coffee shop or other public place in case emotions escalate, nor would it be a good idea to have it where small children may get upset or interrupt the meeting. Before the intervention itself, all preparations should be made with the cooperation of family and friends so that the moment the addict agrees to go to rehab they can leave right away. Any and all logistics should be taken care of such as child care, leaves of absence from work, financial and travel arrangements for the rehab facility, and even having their bags packed and transport waiting at the intervention itself so that the addict can literally leave immediately. This is the best case scenario, and will reduce the risk of the addict having any second thoughts or trying to get one last epic high in before they quit forever.
An important drug intervention tip is to prepare for anything, including the possibility that the addict won't accept help as part of the intervention. While interventions are often very effective and many addict's readily accept the help being offered, there is also a chance that they won't. Not only must intervention participants prepare for this emotionally, but also prepare to lay down certain consequences that they will have to promise to enforce if the individual doesn't accept the help being offered. For example, if housing is being provided for an addict before the intervention which has resulted in a co-dependency situation, this will end right after the intervention and the addict will need to find other living arrangements. If the addict has children in their care, measures must be taken to resolve this so that the children are in a safer living environment and under the care of a sober parent or legal guardian. If the individual has outstanding warrants for their arrest, legal actions can be taken to involve law enforcement so that the individual can experience the consequences of their actions. All of these things are not done out of bitterness or hatred, but out of love and hope that enforcing such consequences will be the tipping point that will convince them that they need help.