When an individual is addicted to drugs, they can get so caught up in the viscous cycle of addiction that they don't even realize how it is destroying their life and the lives of those around them. They can either be in complete denial that they there is even a problem, and some addicts may even choose to vilify others to justify their drug use. Without intervention from friends and family, some individuals just fall deeper and deeper into addiction. Individuals can lose touch with reality when on drugs, and simply don't realize how drugs are hurting them physically and psychologically. This is primarily because of the physical and mental hold that drugs can take once the individual becomes dependent to these substances. Because of this, it can be difficult for an individual who is caught up in drug addiction to reach out for the help they need.
When an individual's drug use has reached a crisis level, family and friends can use a drug intervention as a last ditch effort to save the person's life. An intervention is a coming together of loved ones, friends and even co-workers to show the individual that you care about them and want them to get help. The intervention is usually overseen by a professional interventionist who will provide guidance and support to those who are orchestrating the intervention. A drug intervention allows families and friends a way to communicate in a language that an addict can understand, which will hopefully get through to them and allow them to get the help they need.
There is a common misconception that an addict has to be at "rock bottom" before they will accept help and ask for it themselves. This is not only completely false, but it is an injustice to the addict to allow their addiction to get to such a crisis point. This has caused many addicts to never get the help they need, and ultimately lose their lives to drugs. Once family members and loved ones, friends and coworkers know there is a problem, even in the beginning stages of addiction, they should do something effective about it immediately.
Change in friends or acquaintances, long periods spent alone or isolated to one self and long or unexplained absence are all tell-tale signs of addiction. Drug addiction can also lead to lying and stealing and legal problems, due to the fact that an addict will need to fund their habit and will do just about anything to do so. Relationships will become strained and family members and friends will notice drastic changes in behavior and mood. Obvious intoxication, including being incoherent or unconscious are the most incriminating symptoms of addiction, and it can be difficult to see one's loved ones in this state. If any of signs of drug use are evident, don't wait until the problem is much worse. Hold a drug intervention as soon as possible to preserve any chance of recovery.
Start off by contacting a drug rehab program in your area that can assist in the drug intervention either by guiding you through the process or referring you to a professional interventionist who has had success with the intervention process. You should also determine at this point where the addict will receive treatment if the drug intervention is a success and they agree to go. Work the a professional treatment counselor at the drug rehab of choice and have this well thought out and planned, with reservations made and paid for in advance. The drug rehab should be prepared to accept the addict immediately once they agree to go to treatment. Delaying this process can put the addict at risk of going on a binge prior to leaving, very common among addicts as they know they will not have access to drugs for some time, which could have disastrous consequences.
A drug intervention takes careful preparation. Whether you are working with a professional interventionist or are orchestrating the intervention on your own, there are certain crucial components that must be in place for the intervention to be successful. Firstly, you will want to choose an optimum location for the drug intervention. It should be a space where the drug intervention participants and addict feel comfortable and are able to freely and safely communicate their concerns and opinions. A public place such as a restaurant or coffee shop for example would absolutely not be a good location for an intervention.
Drug intervention participants should be carefully selected, and the list of participants would include individuals that the addict respects and will listen to. You will want to keep personal opinion out the selection process, and focus on who the addict will hear out and whose opinion they value. Anyone who is close to the person such as family members and friends can participate if appropriate, the more the better. Likewise, the intervention can have as few as a couple of participants. As long as the participants are on board with getting the addict to treatment and will follow every step in the drug intervention process, the intervention is a go.
Once the drug intervention participants have been chosen, all involved should become educated regarding drug addiction and which drug rehab program has been chosen for addict. Participants can work with the chosen drug interventionist or the drug rehab of choice to be provided with educational materials and other assistance to become informed. It is common for participants to not fully understand addiction, and getting educated prior to the intervention can shed even more light on the situation and help everyone become an even more effective member of the intervention.
The only purpose of a drug intervention is to get the addict who is in crisis at a point where they will accept treatment at a drug rehab program as soon as possible. While drug intervention participants may have been adversely affected by the addict's behavior, a drug intervention is not a forum for participants to vent their anger. This will only backfire on everyone and prevent the possibility of the addict accepting help. A drug intervention is done out of love and concern for the addict, and each step of the process is conducted with this in mind. All anger and frustration is to be put aside so that the goal of getting the individual in treatment, which benefits everyone in the long run, is accomplished.
Prior to the intervention, drug intervention participants will be instructed on how to prepare a letter which will be read at the drug intervention. A drug intervention letter typically begins with an explanation as to why the intervention was needed and why you are there. It can go on to reminisce on more positive experiences and moments you've had with the addict prior to drugs, and how you miss those things. The letter can then explain how drugs have made things deteriorate, and give specific examples of this. Through reaffirming the love and concern that they have for the addict, the participants should always end their letters with a plea to accept help by leaving for treatment immediately.
The participants should confront the addict, one by one, and ask them to leave for treatment and get the help they need. The drug intervention has most likely impinged very deeply in the mind of the addict, and surely he will know how much all participants want him to get the help he so desperately needs. However, if by the end of the confrontation process the addict does not accept help, there must be consequences as no one present can allow this destructive behavior continue to occur. These consequences are often referred to as "bottom lines", and are things which may be quite gruesome to the addict. Most often participants have been enabling the addict, providing money, a place to live, transportation, access to their own medications, etc. Bottom lines should include cutting off everything which could make it possible for the addict to use drugs and hurt others in the process. It is important that drug intervention participants only read their bottom lines if the individual refuses to go to treatment. Otherwise there is no need to introduce negativity into the process, as it would have been a success. Also, a drug intervention participant who has any doubts that they will be able to follow through with their bottom lines should not participate in the intervention.
Sometimes, the addict will voice that they would like treatment but then continues to come up with all manner of excuses why they can't go right away. Drug intervention participants should have this in mind and think ahead. Real logistical issues can usually be easily resolved and taken care of well ahead of time, and aren't going to keep the individual from getting treatment. Addicts can be very manipulative, so it is important that drug intervention participants not get caught up in reasons why the individual cannot leave for treatment right away. If they don't go, their habit will only get worse. Always stay focused on the ultimate goal and get any issues resolved right away so that nothing in the way of the individual getting their life back.
A drug intervention is an extremely powerful tool, and they work more often than not in achieving the goal of getting the individual in treatment. If a drug intervention is not successful, all is not lost. The drug intervention participants were at least able to communicate their love and concern and were also able to cut the ties that had them as active participants in the individual's addiction. Drug intervention participants who stick to their bottom lines have nothing to feel discouraged about, as it is truly in the addict's hands which path they choose in life. If nothing else, a drug intervention can be part of a much needed healing process for participants who are finally able to say what has been on their minds and cut off all of the toxic enabling.
A drug intervention which is well thought out and planned, and done with the individual's best interests at heart can mean the difference between life and death for some who have truly reached a crisis point. Family members and loved ones who have the courage to hold a drug intervention are giving the addict the gift of life and a second chance. Everyone involved truly has nothing to lose and everything to gain by putting the truth on the table and letting the addict know how much they are loved and what they are missing out on in the scheme of things. addict have nothing to lose and everything to gain by communicating truth and letting the addict know how much they will lose by choosing drugs over the ones that mean the most. Contact a drug rehab in your area and begin working with a professional drug treatment counselor who can help organize a drug intervention for someone you know as soon as possible.