Drug and Alcohol Interventions

Undoubtedly, it’s extremely difficult for you to watch your loved one struggle and suffer. Seeing someone you care about battle with addiction is one of the hardest things anyone can experience. 

Many people in your position struggle with feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. There’s a lot of uncertainty in these situations. Most likely, you’ve felt alone and afraid, unsure about how or if you can help your friend or family member overcome substance abuse.

Whether your loved one is struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, the effects on the individual’s life can be very serious. But, as you already know, substance abuse doesn’t just change the life of the addicted individual; it also changes the lives of those around the person.

You and your family have all felt the effects of your loved one’s addiction problem. You’ve all been negatively impacted by the issue and things will only worsen with time if your loved one doesn’t get the help he or she needs.

But, what can you do about it? If you’re like many others who are in your situation, you probably feel that there’s nothing you can do. Addiction is a disease and you can’t simply talk someone out of using drugs or drinking excessively. So, is there anything you can do to help the person you love?

Simply put, yes!

You can help the individual you care about by performing an alcohol or drug addiction intervention. And, with your help, your loved one can get the treatment he or she needs and work towards living a sober and clean life.

What is an Addiction Intervention?

Many times, people feel unsure about what to do for their loved ones who are suffering from addiction. It often seems like, no matter what you say, the individual seems to return to drug or alcohol use.

The truth is that addiction is not your loved one’s choice. In other words, the person you care about didn’t choose to become addicted to alcohol or drugs. And, most likely, the individual doesn’t want to be in this situation.

But, his or her body depends on substances like drugs and alcohol. And, when the individual doesn’t drink or use a particular drug, he or she experiences extreme discomfort (withdrawal). So, in order to stop feeling that way, the individual resorts to substance use. 

Often, people who struggle with substance abuse feel trapped. They feel stuck in a lifestyle they never asked for, never expected. But, thankfully, there is hope for each one who is suffering!

Of course, the best thing people can do when they’re trapped in the world of addiction is to ask for help. But, it’s not always easy to do so. Sometimes, people may not really even realize how far their substance use problem has gone.

So, it takes a little urge from people they love and trust to bring the truth to their attention. This urge comes in the form of an alcohol or drug addiction intervention. 

If you have a loved one who is struggling with substance abuse, you can help him or her by intervening in an understanding, loving, yet serious way.

Interventions are never easy for people to perform. But, sometimes, it’s the best way to help. Your loved one may not really see the truth about his or her problem. The negative effects that addiction has had in the individual’s life may not be very clear or evident to the person. This is where you come in.

During an alcohol or drug addiction intervention, individuals select a neutral and comfortable setting where they and their addicted loved one can meet to talk about the substance abuse problem. 

There are a few things to keep in mind when planning and performing an intervention. It’s best to reach out to your loved one he or she is sober, if possible. And a calm, loving demeanor will always get the best reaction. An intervention should never be confused for an attack. 

Essentially, the family members and/or friends gather with professionals to talk to the individual about the consequences of the person’s addiction. They also work to persuade the person to get professional treatment for their addiction problem. 

Signs an Intervention is Necessary

The idea of performing an intervention may make you feel a little nervous. That’s completely understandable! No doubt, you’re wondering if you really need to do this. Well, it might help to know about a few signs that an intervention is necessary. If you do see any of the following signs, it might just be time to contact a professional and discuss the best way to intervene and help your loved one.

Your loved one may need an intervention if he or she:

  • Becomes defensive whenever you talk about his or her substance use.
  • Seems unaware of how his or her substance use has affected others.
  • Struggles to control how much he or she drinks.
  • Has difficulty avoiding drug use.
  • Avoids taking responsibility for his or her behaviors and actions.
  • Has experienced major health problems as a result of addiction.
  • Has become a danger to him- or herself and others. 

Again, if you’ve noticed any of these signs, then an intervention is likely necessary. But, if you’re not sure how to go about it, professional alcohol or drug intervention programs can help you!

Getting Help From Drug and Alcohol Intervention Programs

At Discovery Institute, we recognize how difficult it can be to get a loved one to agree to go to treatment. For this reason, we encourage and support interventions.

During a drug or alcohol intervention, a number of people close to an addict come together to confront the addict about their concerns. This should be done with love and kindness because a person in active addiction will not respond well to criticism and anger positively. The goal is to get the addict to see how many people are concerned about them and to see for themselves how harmful their addiction is.

Discovery Institute offers guidance to those who are working to perform an intervention. From the planning process to helping with intervention best practices, we can help give you bring your loved one to recognize the severity of his or her addiction and agree to get help.

We can also recommend people to assist with your intervention. Many doctors, therapists, and even religious leaders are specially trained in alcohol and drug addiction interventions and can be present to help facilitate the conversation.

If you are able to get your loved one to agree to treatment, it’s best to act quickly. You can call us here at Discovery Institute to arrange treatment today: (800) 714-2175. Or you can contact us here. 

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.