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What Is a Drug Intervention?

Drug Intervention

A drug intervention is the process of getting an individual to overcome their resistance to treatment for their substance addiction. In many cases, family members and friends have desperately pleaded with their loved ones to seek help for their drug or alcohol addiction to no avail. Often, the addicted individual will reject any form of treatment, or attend rehab for a short amount of time, and then leave against medical advice and continue to use. With an intervention, loved ones will meet with the addicted individual, often with the support of a professional interventionist, and explain their reasoning behind a united front. There is typically an agreed-on plan of what will be said and done before the actual intervention takes place.

 

Who Needs a Drug Intervention?

Any person who is addicted to drug and alcohol and refuses the idea of addiction treatment needs an intervention. There are many reasons for why a person may need a drug intervention. For one, substance abuse decreases a person’s awareness. Negative consequences may occur, such as loss of job, family, and other relationships, financial ruin, and health and legal consequences, but the addicted individual may blot out this harm with continued drug abuse. Additionally, an addicted individual may be so entrenched in their addiction that they cannot envision being able to live without their drug of choice. The fear of withdrawal and detoxing from substances may also cause an individual to reject the idea of addiction treatment. Another possible reason a person may require a drug intervention is that they have been addicted to substances for so long, and perhaps have participated in criminal activities to support their habit, that they do not believe they deserve recovery.

 

There are countless reasons for why a person may need a drug intervention — these are just a few. Many of these concerns of the addicted individual can be addressed by hiring a professional, experienced interventionist. An interventionist can help guide the addict into recovery by assuring him or her of a tolerable withdrawal process and a treatment program that will address his or her concerns about sobriety.

 

When Should an Intervention Occur?

If the addicted individual has repeatedly refused treatment, it is time for an intervention to take place. Family and friends, with the assistance of a professional interventionist, should stage an intervention to help bring about a desire for sobriety in the individual. It is best to hold an intervention in the morning, or whenever the individual is likely to be most sober. The best result of an intervention is that the individual makes a sincere decision to get sober. It is also great if the individual at least decides to give treatment a try, instead of continuing to use drugs and alcohol.
If your attempted interventions with a loved one have failed, it is time to seek help from an experienced interventionist. Holding a family and friend intervention is a difficult task and there is no shame in seeking help from a professional. Our team of expert interventionists at Addiction Intervention Now have decades of experience in performing drug and alcohol interventions. We know what it takes to help an addicted individual recognize the harm in their substance abuse and make the decision to seek help. For more information on our process or who are interventionists are, please reach out to us today at (800) 208-8680.