If you have a drug or alcohol addiction that is spiraling further and further out of control, and you have family and friends watching you deteriorate, they will often try to implement a substance abuse intervention in order to help you.
If you have a loved one wrestling with addiction like this, holding an intervention is a great way to help this person finally overcome this problem.
They might not necessarily see how much you truly care for them and want to help them while they are in the throes of addiction, but they will eventually recognize how much you care because the intervention will help them get their life back under control.
But if you’ve never done any kind of intervention like this, then I recommend you get professional help so that you can take care of everything the right way.
You don’t want to hold a halfhearted intervention, and end up upsetting your loved one instead of helping them. That would be extremely counterproductive and the last thing you want to do during a substance abuse intervention.
So check with the professionals and find out how to properly hold an intervention.
I have some good advice that I can offer you in regards to this type of an intervention, so please read on to find out everything that you need to know…
Before we get into the intervention specifics, let’s take a look at the people who will benefit the most from an intervention such as this.
- Anyone struggling with alcoholism
- Anyone struggling with abuse of street drugs or illegal narcotics
- Anyone who has a problem or addiction to prescription drugs
- This might not be a substance, but an intervention is good for anybody struggling with compulsive gambling
- The same holds true for anyone struggling with an eating disorder, even though it isn’t technically substance abuse
Now I’d like to get into the planning stages of a proper substance abuse intervention.
Substance Abuse Intervention Planning
For the most part, it would be beneficial if a friend or family member proposed that a group get together to intervene on behalf of somebody they care about.
You would bring this up to those closest to the addict in question, and see if they’d be willing to sit down one day to try and help this person undergo substance abuse treatment.
In all honesty, it would not be a good idea for you and this person’s loved ones to hold this intervention on your own. I recommend you seek the help of a specialist when planning an intervention such as this.
Do you want to know why?
Because truthfully… this is going to be a tricky and sensitive situation.
There is going to be a lot of anger, hurt, sadness and fear inside of this room. The addict might lash out and feel like you are all ganging up on him or her. And you need some type of professional there to help facilitate this meeting.
So that’s how I would handle the planning stage…
Substance Abuse Intervention Information Gathering
The next part of the process is to gather information about how deep you believe this person’s addiction has gone. And you need to learn about the different treatment programs so that arrangements can be made to get the individual help immediately following the intervention.
Creating an Intervention Team and Specific Consequences
When holding a substance abuse intervention, you aren’t just meeting with this person while you hope to convince them to go into some type of rehabilitation center or program.
That’s not the truth at all…
While that is certainly the ultimate goal, if they refuse to go, there has to be detrimental consequences for their actions.
Let me explain…
Say the addict refuses to going to treatment.
It’s their life, and they obviously have the ability to choose to refuse your help. But not without certain consequences.
For starters, if any of the people in the room are supporting this person financially, or putting a roof over their head, then one of the consequences would be to throw them out of the house and stop giving them money.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
As a group, you have to decide what the consequences are and then make sure you stick with them throughout the entire intervention.
The Intervention Meeting
During the intervention meeting, hopefully this is where the magic happens and the person accepts your help.
The specialist will help facilitate this meeting, and the group will express how this person has made them feel because of their addiction, and how it has affected their lives personally.
Like I mentioned earlier, this is a very emotional situation and you never know how it’s going to play out.
But in the end, you will offer the addict help, and hopefully they will accept your generous and loving aid. If they do, the interventionist can immediately help them into treatment and detox if needed.
If they do not accept the aid, then implement the consequences and try another substance abuse intervention at a later date if it is necessary.