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Intervention 101: Staging a Drug and Alcohol Intervention for Your Loved One

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interventionStaging an intervention is one of the most effective ways to “draw a line in the sand” when it comes to dealing with your loved one’s addiction. When he or she won’t listen to reason or accept treatment any other way and you are unable to continue living as you have been in relation to your family member’s active addiction, an intervention can help you, your addicted loved one, and other family members to start the process of moving forward – whether or not your addicted loved one chooses to go to drug rehab.

The Goal of an Intervention

Depending upon where your loved one is in terms of relating to his or her addiction, the goals of an intervention may vary. If your addicted family member does not recognize his drug use as harmful or even as an addiction, then the primary goal may be to demonstrate to them via anecdotal evidence that they are indeed living with an active addiction – and it is harming them and everyone around them.

The second goal – and the primary goal if your loved one is cognizant that his drug use has reached a harmful level – is to help your family member agree to go to treatment immediately. When you gather together a group of people who care about your addicted loved one and they all ask that he agree to get help, it can be a very powerful tool in convincing your family member that the time for drug rehab is now.

Staging an Intervention

It is possible to stage an intervention for your loved one on your own, but many prefer to hire a professional family mediator or interventionist to help them through the process. It can be an emotional experience and some prefer to be a participant as opposed to the ringleader. Additionally, having an objective third party present can help to keep everyone on track and avoid going to an emotional and unproductive place.

Don’t forget to:

  • Remain nonjudgmental. Addiction is a disease. Treatment is necessary.
  • Be brief. Share your thoughts, love and hopes for your addicted loved one in fewer than five minutes.
  • Be clear that you will not continue to support your loved one’s addiction. No more money, and no more taking care of the consequences of active drug use.
  • Offer your loved one the opportunity to leave right away for drug treatment. It’s important to capitalize on the momentum of the intervention; don’t wait to take your loved one to drug rehab.

Before you stage an intervention, you must secure a spot in drug rehab for your addicted family member. Call now to find the right addiction treatment program for your needs.

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