What If a Person Shows up High to the Intervention?

What If a Person Shows up High to the Intervention?People with a family member who is an addict often experience an array of emotional strain because of the behavior of their addicted loved one. Never having been in the grip of an addictive substance they simply may not comprehend how someone can act that way. An intervention results when family members feel they have reached a crisis point and something must be done. If the person shows up to the intervention high on their drug of choice, family members may be horrified. Interventions are usually surprise affairs, but typically use some pretext as a ruse to get the addict to attend; if the addicted person shows up to the “family meeting” high, family members may feel disrespected and may take it as one more piece of evidence that the person’s drug use is out of control.

Stage the Intervention

So what to do if the addicted person shows up high to the intervention? The answer is simple: proceed with the intervention as planned. After all, being high may be more common than not with the loved one by this point. The addict does not need to be sober for the intervention to succeed.

The Purpose of an Intervention

There is one clear, concrete purpose behind an intervention: to get the person to agree to enter treatment. In extreme cases a person may be committed involuntarily to drug or alcohol treatment, but in cases where the person does not pose an immediate threat to himself or to others he cannot be forced into treatment; he must choose to go of his free will. This is accomplished by getting the person to see for himself the damage that the addiction is inflicting.

The assistance of a professional interventionist can be invaluable to the success of the undertaking. An interventionist will help the family to plan all the details of the intervention from start to finish, and will help to ensure that the event runs as smoothly as possible. He will help family members to articulate the ways that the addiction has impacted each of them personally and to express their feelings during the intervention while avoiding the temptation to vent their anger and bitterness. The interventionist will help the family to stay focused on the objective, which is to get the person to agree to enter treatment, and can help the family to deal with any road bumps, such as the person showing up to the intervention high.

Questions about the Intervention Process?

If you have a loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you may be considering staging an intervention. Staging an intervention can be tricky, and you owe it to yourself and your addicted family member to take advantage of all the resources available to you. Even if you don’t use a professional interventionist, learn all you can about the process and get the advice of experts. If you would like help finding a professional interventionist, or if you have any questions about the intervention process, please call our toll-free 24 helpline today and speak to one of our counselors.

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