& Alcohol Interventions
Drug and alcohol addiction is sweeping the nation, afflicting
millions of people in the US alone. Although, there are plenty
of rehab facilities for drug users and alcohol abusers, for these
centers to start helping such people, these people must willingly
enter the programs.
Over the years, family and loved ones have tried speaking to
the drug or alcohol addict in their homes and tried to convince
them for getting in to helpful rehab centers. However, convincing
drug addicts or alcohol abusers is not an easy task. Therefore,
people use programs or approaches such as interventions to convince
their loved ones to improve their life by quitting drinking or
drugs for good.
The Real Reason behind Using Intervention:
Intervention is often the last option used by families to help
their loved ones who are addicted. The process of an intervention
requires effort from all the loved ones. This is because, since
everyone has already tried everything on their personal level
to help the addict, so as a last resort, family and friends join
their efforts in the shape of intervention to try and to convince
the addict one last time.
Extensive Planning Results in an Actual Intervention
For a successful intervention, you will have to plan the whole
process extensively. Everyone needs to be on the same page, including
the intervention therapist, if you are planning to have a successful
intervention. Therefore, your first step is to contact addiction
treatment center or an addiction treatment and intervention specialist
who has experience with not only drug and alcohol addicts but
family dynamics as well.
All of the members of the intervention need to be debriefed and
perhaps more than once on how the event is to take place. This
helps to ensure that everyone is on the same path so that the
intervention is a success.
All members will be required to visit a 2-hour pre-planning meeting.
This meeting will not include the addict himself. So, make sure
that everyone included in the intervention is available at this
meeting and contributes. This meeting will also include details
about treatment of the addict while he or she is in the treatment
Moreover, the intervention will also include the following
1. At the pre-planning meeting, all of the family members will
write letters to the addict. These letters will include their
love and concern for the addict. There is a simple pattern to
follow here and make sure that each letter ends with, "I
want you to seek help today."
2. Keep in mind that the intervention will come as a surprise
to the addict. The drug and alcohol interventions are often emotionally
draining for the people participating in it. The addict may feel
trapped at first or blindsided so family and friends must be prepared
for this person to either walk away or express anger.
3. Each participant must read his or her own letter to the addict.
4. Keep in mind that the people participating in the intervention
should be the people who the addict respects and listens to. Including
people who have a bad history with the addict will not make the
intervention successful and could derail the process.
5. The intervention, if successful, will make the addict realize
that how their behavior is affecting others around them. Often
times the love and affection is not driven home until a group
intervention takes place and many times the addict is willing
to make a change in behavior (such as going to rehab) in order
to reconnect with family and friends plus stop causing them pain.
After the drug and alcohol intervention session is complete,
the family members give a packed suitcase to the addict and send
him to the treatment center. Keep in mind that the addict will
try to resist, but it is the responsibility of the interventionist
to stay firm on their decision.
It is important to note
that the addict may not stay the course in rehab. Drug and alcohol
rehab is a rocky course for many and falling off the wagon is
actually part of that course. Some families will experience multiple
interventions with an addict, to the point where there may be
a cut-off in relationships if the addict does not follow through
The cut off of relationships is the course of last resort. This
is usually done when there is a high risk of death of the addict.
It is up to the intervention specialist, family and friends to
decide the consequences for not following through with rehab.
Other consequences may include asking the addict to leave the
home (if they are staying there), not giving them money, no longer
employing them in the family business and not inviting them to
normal social activities, to name a few.
The point, however is not punishment. The point is tough love
for the addict and helping them to want to get themselves on a
path to recovery. The recovery is not only from addiction, but
of the social relationships, employment and enjoyment they may
have lost along the way.