How to

Plan an Intervention

Staging an Intervention

It’s Time to Take Action

The time has come. You can no longer stand idly by and watch your loved one struggle with his or her substance abuse or addiction–and slowly destroy all the he or she holds dear. You tried having a heart-to-heart, even pleaded for him/her to see reason, but your concerns have not borne fruit. Now a more focused approach is needed: direct action in the form of a professional drug intervention.

What is a Drug Intervention?

It’s important to remember that people afflicted with addiction are often in denial and unwilling or unable to seek substance abuse treatment on their own. A drug intervention (or intervention for any addiction) is not about accusing, shaming or berating them. It’s a learning process in which family and friends, under professional guidance, help them understand the connection between their substance abuse or behavioral addiction   and a decline in their quality of life. The primary goal of a drug intervention is to lay out the facts, allow them to accept their dependency, and make changes.

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Common Myths About Intervention

Before staging an intervention, it’s important to understand the realities of the process. Here are 5 common misconceptions about drug and alcohol interventions.

Myth No. 1: Wait Until They Hit Rock Bottom        

The belief that someone has to hit rock bottom  before they can bounce back is not only untrue, it can be detrimental to their recovery. Everybody’s rock bottom  is different. Early intervention is better than waiting, Get help for your loved one before things get out of control.

Myth No. 2: Willpower Can Cure Addiction                

Willpower is not enough. Addiction is a disease. It’s rooted in personal and psychological   causes–and often too complex to just relinquish via willpower. Chemical dependency actually changes the entire neurological makeup of the brain.

Myth No. 3: Rehab Doesn’t Work On A Relapse

Untrue. There is no shame in relapse: only danger in not receiving the help that’s needed. An alternative motto is: Try, try again.

Myth No. 4: They Will Turn Against You

No one can gauge how the recipient will react to a drug intervention. He or she may become emotionally charged, angry or even abusive which is all the more reason to seek the help of a professional interventionist. However it goes, remember: you are trying to save his or her life. Anger does pass, and he/she may soon realize that this comes from love–not spite.

Myth No. 5: Interventions Should Be Performed Only by Friends and Family

False. Staging an intervention without professional guidance can be counterproductive,     and even dangerous. A professional interventionist can devise a plan of action and make sure it’s performed safely and effectively.

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Do Interventions Work?

Evidence suggests that the short answer is: Yes, as long as everyone agrees on the boundaries of the intervention, and follows through with the plan. Despite this, interventions tend to be rarer than their effectiveness would indicate.

Remember, drug interventions are not a cure-all, they’re just the first step toward recovery, and it’s important that family and friends stay supportive throughout the process. Intervention is for the family, treatment is for the addicted.

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