For an addict who’s fighting a losing battle with addiction, drug treatment provides the path to happiness, health, and long-term recovery. While rehab is the best option, some addicts may balk at getting professional help.
If you have a loved one resisting drug treatment, you may have pleaded with them to find help, but with no success. You may feel like help is out of reach; staging an intervention may provide the motivation your loved one needs to get the help they desperately need.
What are the Signs Someone Needs an Intervention?
When a loved one falls deeper into drug and alcohol addiction, there are tell-tale signs that they have lost control. Your loved one displays addiction behaviors that negatively impact their lives and creates dysfunction in the family unit. One tell-tale sign you need to start a drug intervention is a sudden change in physical appearance. They may look tired, haggard, wear unwashed clothes, and have stopped practicing proper hygiene. Another sign that you need to conduct an intervention is if your loved one shows up to functions under the influence, has secret stashes of drugs or alcohol, and otherwise engages in deceptive behavior.
Another sign you need to start a drug intervention is if your loved one becomes more anti-social and withdraws from family and friends. They may also have significant financial troubles or frequently get into legal trouble. When any of these signs are apparent, and when all other attempts to help fail, you may get the wheels in motion to start an intervention.
How to Set Up An Intervention
What is an intervention? To effectively plan and carry out an intervention, you first must know its purpose.
An intervention is a carefully planned process that involves family, friends, and others who are concerned about the welfare of the addict. Interventions help the addict clearly see the consequences of their addiction and its effects on family and friends. Through an intervention, a pre-planned treatment program is set up for the addict to accept. If the addict does not accept the offer of treatment, family and friends lay out the consequences for this refusal.
In order to set up an intervention, family and friends must work with an experienced and licensed interventionist. Working together, they will research the loved one’s addiction and find the treatment program that best fits their unique and specific needs. The interventionist will also work with family members and friends that compromise the “intervention team” to write out and rehearse the specific instances where the addict’s behaviors negatively impacted their lives.
Once this process is completed, the time and place are set for the intervention.
How to Start an Intervention
On the day of the intervention, a family member or friend will drive the addict to the place where the intervention will take place. This location is a neutral location, and the addict will not be told of the intervention beforehand. When the addict arrives, they will see family, friends, and the interventionist seated in a room. The interventionist will explain why the addict is there, and that family and friends are there to express concern regarding their addiction. Each family member or friend designated to speak will tell the addict the specific instances where their behavior had negative consequences. While each person takes their turn, the addict must listen and not interrupt.
Once everyone has spoken, the offer of the pre-arranged treatment program is made to the addict. If they accept, they must leave for treatment immediately or shortly after the intervention. If the addict refuses, family, and friends will lay out the consequences of that refusal.
It is essential to note the role of the interventionist in the process. Their primary function is to direct traffic and be the voice of reason. Addicts operate under heavy denial and can be highly resistant and defensive when confronted about their substance abuse. As a result, the intervention can become emotionally charged and tense. The interventionist helps to soothe emotions and provide a non-judgmental environment, so the addict feels less threatened.
Finding Interventionists in Southern California
When a loved one is fighting a losing battle with addiction, you also feel you are losing the battle. You have tried time and time again to get them help, but they refuse and slip further away from you. You may feel there is no hope, but the help you need is just a phone call away.
Join forces with our intervention specialists to break the cycle of self-destructive behavior if your loved one has an addiction. Addition Interventions is licensed by the State of California and provides addiction interventions nationwide.