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When someone in your family is struggling with a drug addiction, hosting an intervention could be the only hope this person has to breaking free of their addiction and getting the help they desperately need. People who are addicted to drugs will deny the fact they have a serious problem, making it a significant problem to try and get them the help they need. Trying to discuss the situation can lead to violent outbreaks and creating more distance in the relationship. One of the last resorts is joining forces with friends, family, and a professional interventionist to try and reach this person in a group effort. Here are some steps you will need to take to host an intervention and possibly save this person from that downward spiral.
The best way to ensure this meeting is successful is bringing in the professional help of someone who has done this before. An interventionist has both the experience of hosting these type events as well as the appropriate conversations needed to be conducted with the people involved. This professional will be in the best position to explain the entire process, then plan out exactly how the entire meeting will go down. Tempers and emotions will run high, so it is always a good idea to ask the interventionist to attend as a facilitator to help keep everything and everyone on track.
The people who will be attending the intervention are key in connecting with the person who needs help. This group of individuals should be comprised of a half dozen people this person not only trusts, that they also respect. These people can be trusted relatives, loyal friends, parents, coworkers, or siblings. One of the best ways to reach this person on a deeper level is to be sure to invite anyone who has been negatively impacted by the actions of the addiction. These people will need to convey in real terms how they were impacted and how this person must make a change today or they will lose more than they can imagine.
Confronting the addict is only half the battle, laying out a clear and systematic plan for treating the problem is vital. The treatment plan needs to be researched well in advance of the intervention, something the interventionist can help with if needed. Confronting an addict and saying they simply need help will not fix the issue at hand, the details of the treatment need to be to the point and specific. Once you confront the person and explain they need help, you can then tell them they will be going to rehab, then meeting with a psychotherapist, followed by an outpatient program. Be prepared to drive them to treatment right then and there.
This addiction has been going on for quite some time and affected many people along the way. In that time the addict has probably heard all the threats and been told a number of times they are running out of time as far as making changes. Everyone that is at the intervention must prepare a note that addresses the consequences if this person refuses to attend the treatment facility. This is a very difficult process for loved ones because they realize there is no turning back, but this is a very important part of the overall intervention process. Each person should note what big change they are going to do to show this person how serious this matter is. By showing the person their addictive behavior is no longer being tolerated, it will be harder for them to refuse treatment.
The place where the intervention will be hosted should be convenient to all those attending. The location should be a familiar place for the person so they do not feel uncomfortable, preferably the home of a loved one. They are most likely going to feel as if they are being ambushed, so the more comfortable and familiar the surroundings the better. Be sure that every person who has committed to attending the intervention arrives at the designated time and is not late. Anyone arriving late or not arriving at all could easily disrupt the entire procedure. The person in charge of driving the addict to the meeting should be in close communication with the group to ensure everything is running on schedule.
This intervention will be one of the most emotional events in all the lives of everyone attending. Scheduling a short rehearsal with the interventionist is the best way for everyone to be prepared for what is going to play out. This professional has seen exactly what toll will be taken on all parties, and instructing everyone to remain strong throughout will ensure no one breaks from the pressure and gives in to the addict while they are crying and begging to be left alone. The interventionist will go into detail about the roles of everyone present, as well as the harmful consequences that result if the addict refuses treatment. By seeing the big picture before the actual intervention, people will be better prepared when things certainly heat up.
It is vital that the person bringing the addict to the invention never mentions what is actually taking place or who will be at the home. Addicts can easily identify when the walls are closing in around them and will most likely avoid the meeting. Tell this person as little as possible and try to make it seem like you are simply stopping off for a second on the way to some other place. Once inside, have them sit down and explain that each person at the meeting has something very important they simply want to say. Follow whichever format the interventionist has prepared for the group specific to this particular situation. Continue the intervention until everyone has spoken, allowing the facilitator to then explain which treatment is now awaiting them.
This person must attend the treatment facility right from the intervention or all progress will be lost. If the emotion of the meeting did affect the person, chances are they will welcome the chance to finally get the help they need without further hurting those they love.