Intervention: Helping Your Loved One Get Addiction Treatment

Is it Time for an Intervention?

Knowing when it is time to stage an intervention can be difficult. Family members will want to conduct the meeting when the individual with the substance abuse problem is most open to suggestion and change. An intervention specialist from a drug rehab facility can assist with gauging the appropriate time for the family and friends to meet. He or she will also have the ability to coach the attending members, so that they will know the most effective approach to take when expressing their concern for the individual's health. The goal of an intervention is to help the addict understand the impact their disease is having not only on his or her life, but on the lives of those around them and get them to agree that they need help and treatment. If you and your family are having a crisis with drugs or alcohol, call 901-620-0983 for help now.

Signs that an intervention is necessary may include:

  • Financial struggles or problems with the law due to drug abuse
  • If the addict is abusive, either physically or verbally with friends or family
  • They begin to neglect their children or responsibilities at work
  • They no longer care about personal appearance or hygiene
  • They feel or show symptoms of depression
  • They isolate themselves from loved ones

Effective Intervention Approaches

An intervention specialist can help family members to choose the most effective approach to use when speaking to their loved one. He or she will meet with close family and friends beforehand to collect important information, such as the addict's habits, their personality type, likes and dislikes and pattern of behavior. He or she will use this information to lead the family into a session that will show the addict how much they are loved and cared for.

In order for an intervention to be effective, the family members must present examples of times when the substance abuse affected their relationship with the addict and present consequences that will arise if they don't accept help. The process is not meant to be an attack or ambush. Family and friends must come from a place of love and support. This is a highly emotional time for everyone involved, and careful planning is required in order for it to work.

After the Intervention

After a successful intervention is completed, and the addict accepts help, it is important that they be transferred to a rehabilitation facility as soon as possible. The compassionate staff and qualified professionals will assess the patient in order to develop an individualized treatment plan that best suits their particular needs. They will be in a safe environment where they can go through the detox process and subsequent therapy and alternative treatment sessions.

Through a holistic approach, patients will learn relapse prevention strategies in order to avoid temptations and cravings after they leave the facility. Aftercare and support groups are also highly recommended. Addiction is a complex disease that requires patience, commitment and determination to combat.

If someone you love needs an intervention, evaluation or assessment for drug rehabilitation, do not hesitate to call 901-620-0983. Someone will be available to help you.

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