Convincing a loved one to enter substance abuse treatment is not easy and can be downright frustrating. It is worthwhile to pursue because it can greatly impact the health and livelihood of not only the loved one but others in the family, social network and community as well. Learn more about how to take the first step with a family drug intervention.
Drug and alcohol interventions are often a last chance to get loved ones with addiction into treatment. It may be obvious that a person with addiction or substance abuse is affecting only that person and not others around the individual. Many individuals with addiction who need interventions may also be in financial or legal trouble which necessitates an intervention to avoid further damage to the person’s life, work and family.
Goals of an Intervention
A few important goals and strategies of a drug and alcohol intervention exist. The first goal is to make a person with addiction realize what drug or alcohol use is doing to that person and those around the individual. Another goal may be to get the individual with addiction to stop the self-destructive behavior. An important goal is to get the person to stop using drugs or alcohol but if the person refuses treatment, it may require ending some familial support and enabling behaviors to get the individual to stop.
An alcohol and drug intervention can be a complex process made up of several important steps. The following are some important first steps to consider:
- Meet with a professional interventionist. One of the first steps of a drug and alcohol intervention is to meet with a specialist. Professionals are trained in drug and alcohol interventions and deal with addictions in addition to planning and staging interventions.
- Decide who will attend, where and when the intervention will occur. Planning steps are some of the most important first steps for drug and alcohol interventions. During the planning stage, it must be decided who will participate in the intervention, where it will be held and when. Each intervention participant should also decide what to say to the person with addiction.
- Plan what to say. It may be helpful to write down what to say during the intervention or simply read when time comes. Some rehearsals may ease anxiety and help prepare more effectively for the intervention, dependent on each participant’s feelings.
Planning and staging an intervention for a person with addiction can be a tricky process which involves input from all concerned family members and friends. It is not to be taken lightly but there are some costs associated with hiring an intervention specialist. However, the costs may not be as great as watching a loved one continue to struggle with addiction and suffer further consequences and inflict more trauma on others as a result. It is well worth the time to consider how an interventionist may help guide a loved one to treatment.
If you want to stage a drug and alcohol intervention but don’t know where to start, contact the Villa. We work to help individuals and families understand addiction and support the end goal of recovery for everyone involved.