Consider Taking Drug Intervention Steps

In today’s society, with access to excess, it’s not uncommon to have a friend or loved one that may be experiencing drug addiction problems. Help is available if you know where to look; The Discovery Institute offers several treatment options for when your loved one is ready to accept support. Convincing someone to get help for an addiction may not be easy but your loved one is worth the effort. This requires well-planned drug intervention steps that will include the steps below:

  1. Proper planning

When planning help for a loved one, you should involve other close friends, the clergy and members of the family to form the planning group. It is important to note that the planning group will help the addict properly understand the consequences of his/her actions and be receptive to the idea of drug treatment.  At this initial stage, your loved one may sense betrayal, be angry or he/she might be violent.

The planning group will gather information to assess the extent of the drug addiction and identify relevant drug treatment programs. As part of information gathering, consult social workers and rehab centers to get the right form of help. On the basis of the information gathered, you decide on the intervention team.

  1. Form an intervention team

Amongst the planning team, select a few individuals that will be closely involved in the intervention.  Research has shown that greater involvement of the family members in the intervention results in a good transition from addiction.  The intervention team should not be known to the victim until the day of the intervention.  The team decides on the date, the place, the message to be passed, and the drug treatment plan.

  1. Decide on particular consequences

The intervention team may fail to convince him/her to take up the treatment. In this case, each member decides on what he or she should do. For instance, a family member may decide to ask the loved one to move out, another team member may ensure he/she is not in contact with children.  It’s also important that each member of the team details what he or she will say. The details should include any resultant problems from addiction and continuously be optimistic of change.

  1. The intervention meeting

The loved one is asked to visit the intervention site without understanding the real reason. Intervention team members present their concerns in turns, the victim is then offered drug treatment options and asked to accept the treatment there and then. In case the loved does not accept the option; the members highlight the changes they will make (consequences).

  1. Follow-up

This is meant to ensure that your loved one does not go back to drug abuse and stays in drug treatment until he/she fully recovers.

Fighting drug addiction is not an easy task for the addict or the addict’s loved ones. Everyone will have a role to play in the drug intervention steps, but with a solid plan to get your loved one the help they need the battle can be won. If you want more information about available drug treatment options or need help planning an intervention, call The Discovery Institute today to speak with our knowledgeable staff 800-714-2175. Help is Waiting.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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