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Intervention – Once The Process Begins It Must Be Followed Through

intervention in addiction

There are ways to intervene if a loved one or someone close to you is currently suffering from a dependence upon drugs or alcohol.

Intervention can spur motivation:

Intervention should be seen as a calm, determined and positive stance that has to be taken in order for an addict to face up to the damage, despair and heartbreak their addiction is causing.

This type of intervention needs to be tactful, knowledgeable and very firm. When delivered in this manner it can be the spur and motivation an addict needs to seek much needed professional help.

Heart-to-heart conversations are not always enough:

There is a chance that having a heart-to-heart talk with an addict will work because they may listen to someone they care for and respect.

Unfortunately, their state of mind is not always as it should be. If this is the case then firmer action needs to be considered. This requires a more focussed approach. One with a plan that may or may not include others.

Denial is a definite barrier:

A major obstacle for those suffering with addiction is that they are in denial. They deny to themselves and those around them how deep their dependence.

They also refuse to acknowledge the extent of the physical and mental trauma they are causing themselves, and may realise how much they are hurting those closest to them.

But the truth is, their need and strong desire for the substance of choice is far too strong to resist.

Intervention requires careful planning:

Those who are determined to intervene to help an addict need to plan the process carefully.

This can be carried out individually, with other family members, those who care deeply about the individual concerned, with the help of their doctor, or by availing of the services of a fully qualified substance abuse counsellor or a professional interventionist.

During the intervention those involved will gather to discuss with the addict the full consequences of their addiction. What it is doing to them, what it is doing to their loved ones and why professional treatment is a must.

3 things that must be raised:

It is important to remain calm but firm, if others are involved keep the discussions orderly. Many things will be said but 3 points that must be put over and the addict must grasp are:

  • Unacceptable behaviour: Examples of destructive and disruptive behavior created by the addict. Give specific instances and explain the negative impact these have caused to the addict and others.
  • Treatment options: Give one or two specific examples of the treatment options that you want the addict to commit to. This should include in-depth details of the treatment plan(s) offered.
  • Hard love – Clearly detail what each person present and involved in the intervention will be forced to do if the addict refuses this positive route to recovery.

Intervention – Not an easy route to take:

It is important to understand that intervention is pushing an addict into acceptance of treatment.

It is just as important to swiftly follow through on the outcome whether the addict accepts intervention or not.

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