If you have a friend or family member who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you know how difficult it can be for addicts to admit that they have a problem. Often, in fact, addicts must hit rock bottom and face some kind of relational or economic catastrophe before they will realize their need to get sober. Of course, it is far better for addicts if they get help and start healing before this happens. As someone who loves an addict, you can help that person by conducting a drug intervention.
The Basics of an Intervention
Essentially, a substance abuse intervention occurs when friends and family members of an addict confront the addict with the destructive consequences of their behavior. An intervention is customized to the particular addict, and seeing the specific results of the addiction can often wake the addict up to the problems that the addiction has been causing. After an addiction intervention, an addict can no longer claim ignorance of the need to start healing from their addiction. In fact, drug interventions are often highly successful in getting addicts to start pursuing addiction recovery in traditional or alternative rehab programs.
Components of an Intervention
Each drug intervention is unique, but there are common elements found in each. They key components of an addiction intervention include:
- Presenting the addict with the specific ways in which their addiction has caused harm to the addict and their loved ones
- Offering a plan that will help the addict beat the addiction
- Describing the consequences that will ensue, such as breaking off contact with the addict, if the addict refuses to get help.
A successful substance abuse intervention requires careful planning in concert with the other friends and family of the addict as well as a counselor or treatment facility. Without a coordinated effort and a sound plan to deal with the addiction, all that the intervention will do is offer complaints that cannot solve the problem. The most successful drug interventions provide a specific plan for the addict to follow, and we can help you formulate one. At BetterAddictionCare, we have helped many addicts and their families find the right treatment solutions. Our addiction care specialists can help you decide what the next steps will be after an intervention and locate cost-effective, customized treatment programs near you that are accepting new patients. Call today or fill out our contact form for assistance in the next steps for the addict you love.
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