What is a Drug Intervention
A drug intervention is a process of getting your addicted loved one to stop denying the fact that they have an addiction problem and overcome their fear of getting treated for their disease. In most cases, a drug intervention is where closest family members and an intervention specialist are present at a comfortable environment and they discuss the effects of their loved one’s drug abuse and plead with their loved one to get help and have already laid out treatment options for him or her
Drug Intervention Table of Contents
What Is a Drug Interventionist?
When Is a Drug Intervention Needed?
Why should I consider a Drug Intervention?
Reasons for Drug Interventions?
Family Role Within a Drug Intervention
Steps Of A Drug Intervention
A drug intervention is a process of getting your addicted loved one to stop denying the fact that they have an addiction problem and overcome their fear of getting treated for their disease. In most cases, a drug intervention is where closest family members and an intervention specialist are present at a comfortable environment and they discuss the effects of their loved one’s drug abuse and plead with their loved one to get help and have already laid out treatment options for him or her.
A drug intervention can sometimes be confrontational. The addict has usually presented facts of their using and the impact it has had on their family and loved ones.
The goal in a drug intervention is provide enough evidence to the drug addict that their using is killing them and their family and provide no other option but to get help.
A drug interventionist is one who helps the family of a drug addicted individual to connect with them on a mental, non-judgemental level and persuades them into getting treatment for their life-threatening habit by actually taking part in a drug intervention.
An interventionist educates, supports provides direction, guidance, and training while also helping the family to select the right treatment plan for their loved one and follows up with treatment and aftercare sessions in order to ensure that there isn’t an accidental relapse.
If you or your loved one is constantly abusing any illicit drugs, alcohol or even prescription drugssuch as painkillers there is a problem. Like any other problem, drug addiction and alcoholism, will not go away by itself. For many families, it is easy to overlook the signs of drug addiction and the signs of drug abuse.
Warning Signs of Drug Abuse
Drug Abuse Warning Signs
What are the Signs of Drug Addiction
How to tell if someone is using drugs
The Top Signs of Drug Addiction
Drug Use Warning Signs
Alcoholism Warning Signs
Risk Factors for Drug Addiction
Signs of Prescription Abuse
Signs of Drug Use
Drug Addiction Signs
Physical Signs of Drug Abuse
Behavioral Signs of Drug Abuse
Signs of Meth Abuse and Signs of Cocaine Abuse
Signs of Xanax Abuse
Signs of Opiate Addiction
Signs of Shooting Up
Alcoholism Warning Signs
What are the warning signs of Alcoholism
How do I know if I am an alcoholic?
What are the warning signs of alcoholism
Am I an Alcoholic?
What are alcohol withdrawal symptoms?
How do I know if I am an alcoholic?
There can be a wide range of reasons for why someone would need a drug intervention, many of which include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Since the usage of drug and alcohol lowers a person’s awareness which may lead to severe financial decline, damaged relationship, serious health problems etc.
- The drug addict tricks him or herself into thinking that they are unable to deal with the pain or sickness accompanied by withdrawal from the drug.
- They use drugs as a gateway to ignoring their problems and stress.
- Drug abusers believe that that are not able to go throughout the day without drugs in their system.
- A drug-addicted individual may develop a low self-esteem after being addicted to a drug that they begin to involve himself or herself in criminal activities in order to support their habit.
- He or she does not have confidence in any treatment method.
Whether you or your loved one started abusing drugs by peer pressure, tried it out of curiosity or were prescribed a pain medication and got hooked, truth of the matter is that no one truly wants to be an addict, no matter what that person says, hence the reason for them to deny the fact that they do have a serious problem.
The whole point in a conducting a drug intervention is to draw out the desire within your addicted loved one to become sober by gently persuading them into starting treatment and help them to understand not only how badly their addiction will harm them both short-term and long-term, but let them be aware of how it affects those who love them as well.
The first most important thing that the family must do is to first decide on the persons that will be apart of the drug intervention team, this team should consist of only those with a healthy and meaningful relationship to the addict, such as;
- Spouse / partner
- Kids of the addict
The intervention team is to ensure that they get in contact with a professional interventionist who will assist them in selecting the best treatment option for your loved one.
Families should always have a backup plan as well as consequences to deal with every situation that they are 100% willing to execute, this means that if your loved one refuses to get help and constantly denies their problem, you have a plan to make them reconsider, this includes;
- Cutting off financial support
- Moving them out of the home
- Changing locks on the house
- No more emotional support
Some drug intervention can be as simple as a few phone calls with the family to explore options for their loved one to get the help they need. In some cases, this can be done over the phone with our team.
Every drug intervention is different. As we are dealing often times with illicit drugs and the life style associated with illicit drug activity we are careful in every situation.
However, in other situations, the loved one may be difficult to locate, in denial, or back and forth on the streets. In this type of drug intervention sometimes private investigators are employed to locate the addict and find the safest and most opportune place to confront them with the family.
An information gathering process will take place in every drug intervention. Some questions we will ask when preparing for a drug intervention include:
- Known drug use history
- Criminal history
- Mental health history
- Known medical conditions
- Employment or work history
- Relationship status
- Prior treatment history
A professional drug intervention team will get very detailed in getting a full and complete background both for the safety of the family and for the safety of the intervention team. In addition, this provides a complete profile of the addict and allows us to build a drug intervention plan.
Once the drug intervention plan has been created and we have a complete profile we will schedule the interventionist to meet with the intervention team and conduct a pre-intervention, this is simply a rehearsal where the professional interventionist will conduct interviews to see what role each individual plays and have an idea of what each person will say and assist with key topics and situations that must be discussed within the actual session in the presence of the addict. The interventionist will also help in planning the actual event and ensure that there is no awkward moment or tension so that everything can go smoothly.
The addict will feel a sense of betrayal when confronted by their loved ones, this is completely normal, the key is to follow the instructions of your professional interventionist and handle each situation calmly without flaring up as this is key for the addict to use you as the source of their habit in the first place.
A major factor in a drug intervention is making sure the family has treatment options established such as an inpatient drug rehab, substance abuse treatment center, or a residential drug treatment facility. Under no circumstance should hours or days pass from the time they agree to get help.
It is strongly recommended to have a drug and alcohol treatment facility setup and transportation arrangements made prior to the drug intervention taking place.