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Drug Abuse Intervention

A drug abuse intervention is a process whereby family, loved ones, friends and even coworkers intervene on behalf of an individual who is struggling with drug addiction to offer them help and support and get them into treatment right away. A drug abuse intervention is typically held when an individual's drug use has reached a crisis point and those closest to the addicted individual are at wit's end about what to do about it. An intervention can most certainly be held well before this point however, and intervention participants are encouraged to hold an intervention at any point where it is definite that their loved one is indeed abusing drugs. As a matter of fact, the premise that the addicted individual needs to be at "rock bottom" in order to accept help or see that there needs to be some definite changes made in their life is a myth. The sooner an addicted individual is gotten into treatment, either on one's own accord or as a result of a drug abuse intervention, the better off they will be.

The reason why a drug abuse intervention works and why it is sometimes necessary is because of the way drugs can affect decision making and behavior. Drugs become the driving force in the addicted individual's life, and to stop and think about how this is destroying their life and the lives of others is not only the lowest priority for the addict, but an admission of guilt. An addicted individual often uses manipulation to get others to feel that they are responsible for their drug use, "You made me mad so I'm going to go use drugs", or, "You deserted me as a mother so that's why I take drugs." To admit that they were fully responsible for their drug use, as well as the actions they take to get and use drugs, and the consequences of this drug use would mean that they would have to be wrong. Taking responsibility for one's actions is a normal everyday activity for most, but for an addicted individual this can be quite overwhelming. A drug abuse intervention enforces this sense of responsibility, but also offers a way to fully take responsibility by having the courage to admit wrongdoing but also go to treatment and do something about it.

The Intervention Process

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The drug abuse intervention process is a very straightforward one, and is very simple to plan and convene. It is recommended that the individuals who are holding the intervention elicit the help of a professional drug abuse interventionist who has experience and has had success in getting addicted individuals into treatment. A professional interventionist will know which drug rehab program the addicted individual should take part in, and will recommend a program or a variety of programs for the family to choose from. Choosing the right drug rehab program is a very important step of the drug abuse intervention process, and all reservations, payments etc. should be made immediately once a drug rehab program is chosen so that the individual can leave for treatment right away when they accept help. All logistics should be taken care of and all objections anticipated well ahead of time, so that the individual can go straight from the intervention to treatment.

The interventionist will guide the drug abuse intervention participants each step of the way, from choosing the correct location for the intervention to how the intervention will actually take place and be run. Drug abuse intervention participants will be encouraged to become educated about drug addiction and its effects and consequences, and also gain a better understanding of what to expect from treatment. While all involved can have the high expectations for the outcome of the intervention and treatment results, this is all dependent on the addict. Intervention participants need to consider that treating drug addiction comes with both challenges and rewards and there will be bumps in the road. This is not to discourage participants, just to give everyone involved an understanding of how the process works and what to expect.

At the drug abuse intervention, participants will have a chance to read a letter that has been written to address how the addicted individual's actions and behavior have affected their lives and the life of the individual confronting the addict. As we all know, drug addiction can very easily destroy relationships and entire families. So it is important that the addict know exactly how this has affected the addict directly, and everyone else's life and their relationship with the addict. For this to be effective, it can't be communicated in a tone of anger or hostility. While most drug abuse intervention participants will most certainly harbor all kinds of emotions, a drug abuse intervention isn't necessarily the right forum to express these emotions unless it will benefit the intervention and get the addict into treatment. Keep in mind, the end goal is the addicted individual in treatment.

At the conclusion of these confrontations, each drug abuse intervention participant should ask the addicted individual if they will accept help and leave for treatment immediately. This is how each letter should end. Upon conclusion of all of the letters, if not already gone over, the addicted individual can be educated about what type of treatment is being offered and how this will help them overcome addiction. The addicted individual will most likely accept this help, and every effort should be made to get them out the door immediately to get them started right away. It is very important that the addicted individual not be allowed to hesitate in leaving for treatment right away, as any time spent thinking about this decision instead of going through the motions to arrive at the drug rehab facility could sabotage all efforts and the individual could have second thoughts and not go.

One would think that it would be silly for an addicted individual to not accept the help that is offered as part of a drug abuse intervention, but sadly this is sometimes the case. Drug abuse interventions participants will be encouraged to set rules, boundaries and consequences for addicted individuals who will not go to treatment, so that they are no longer enabling the addict or allowing the addict's behavior to negatively impact the lives of other. These consequences must be set into action immediately and have an impact, so that it is clear to the addicted individual that treatment is the best option.

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