How to Have an Intervention for Drug Addiction

How to have an intervention for drug addictionAre you concerned that someone in your life is suffering from a drug addiction? It is devastating to feel powerless as someone you love loses interest in the things that you once shared, jeopardizes his job or schoolwork, abandons or lets down family and friends, and risks his health every day.

Maybe you have tried to have a one-on-one conversation about your concerns and it hasn’t led to any change.  Maybe the addict has heard your concerns and promised to change, but reverted to the same problematic behaviors within days or weeks.  Or maybe you don’t even feel equipped to broach the topic at all.  Whatever your failures or perceived failures in the past, it is time for you to take action and learn how to have an intervention for drug addiction.

How to Have a Successful Intervention for Drug Addiction

Having an intervention for drug addiction does require a commitment of time, effort and even some money.  This isn’t something to undertake lightly or when you can’t give it thoughtful concentration over a period of a couple of weeks.  But the payoff is worth it when your loved one enters treatment, especially in light of the National Institute of Health statistics that say only about one in 10 people with a substance abuse problem will do so.

In most cases, you can take some time to plan the intervention to make sure you do it right.  Begin by hiring a professional interventionist, and expect the process to take two or three weeks.  Your interventionist will explain everything you need to know about staging an intervention.  You will have assistance every step of the way, with such aspects as:

  • Inviting others to attend
  • Meeting with the involved family, friends or co-workers to plan and practice what you are going to say
  • Arranging the intervention itself
  • Selecting a treatment facility that is suited to the addict’s particular circumstances and within your budget
  • Holding the intervention under the guidance of the interventionist who is trained to help the addict actually listen and understand the need for change

Staging a Crisis Intervention

There are circumstances when you don’t have the time to plan an intervention that carefully.   You will have to act quickly if you are staging a crisis intervention.  If the addict has done something to harm himself or someone else physically, has gotten behind the wheel while under the influence, has displayed dangerous violent behavior or has jeopardized the safety of a child in his care, you must act immediately.  Again, a professional interventionist will be your best asset – her expertise will expedite all the logistics, and she will help keep you calm and focused on what you need to do.  She will also be able to attend the intervention and ensure that everyone is safe while there.

Please call (888) 371-5722 if you need to know more about how to have an intervention for drug addiction.

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