A drug and alcohol interventions are strategic cooperation, between those who care for an addict with the singular goal of getting the substance abuser to enter a Residential treatment facility. It is not the arena to work out issues between family members or to address anyone else’s dysfunctions. It is the interventionist’s job to keep the task focused on the goal while helping members resolve the inevitable feelings of betrayal, anger, fear, and hopelessness.
Before confronting an individual abusing drug and/or alcohol, the participating family members should get together and coordinate a plan. They must understand that the purpose is to lead the addict to resources for help. Being prepared and organized will benefit the family and also help to improve the outcome of the intervention. Creating a well-thought-out plan will also lessen anxiety for the family.
Education to the addict’s loved ones on understanding the promises of sober living for the entire family, but also warn participants to prepare for denial and resentment from the substance abuser. The goal of a substance abuse intervention is to get the person to attend a treatment program immediately. It is not enough for the substance abuser to promise to quit. He or she must commit to getting help during the intervention in order for it to be considered a success. The guide typically will advise the participants to work out all details of the treatment, including insurance and travel arrangements, so that the substance abuser can get the help he or she needs immediately.
Methods to encourage the customer to take immediate action:
An informal substance abuse intervention involves having a discussion with the addict. Formal interventions involve a structured meeting with the addict. A group of family members, friends, and coworkers usually are brought together along with the substance abuser to discuss the addiction and its effects on each person’s life. This technique is often used when other avenues of help have been refused. Whether informal or formal, it is suggested to conduct interventions when the addict is not under the influence of his or her addiction.
When seeking a formal substance abuse intervention, the first step is to gather all the people that are close to the substance abuser. These people may be family members, friends, employers, coworkers, or neighbors. Anyone who has witnessed firsthand the physical and emotional damage caused by the substance abuser may play a role in the intervention. The next step is to meet with a professional that can guide the intervention. This person can be a therapist or counselor with experience in substance abuse interventions who can educate the loved ones on what to expect during the intervention. The interventionist can also help them organize their comments in order to increase the chances of a successful outcome.
Bring a sense of urgency and the severity of the condition to minimize the attitude of procrastination which is very typical of active addicts and alcoholics. The addict should realize that he/she is not in control. Present factual evidence of the personal impact of the addiction. Press the person to face the problem.
Each participant states what consequence will occur if their loved one refuses treatment. Explain the danger of continuous drinking and/or drug usage and the consequences that could unfold as far as health, financial burden, legal issues, loss of employment, relationships, and even death.