When family and friends notice that their loved one needs help, they will often research addiction and drug rehab programs in an attempt to get the addict help. This can be a long process at times and is stressful on the person who is trying to find the help. An intervention is needed when an addict can’t admit they need help. It is then up to the family and friends to intervene in that individuals life and run control on the situation to get the person the help they need. Knowing that the individual is out of control and can’t function on a daily basis with out drugs or alcohol is a sure sign that you need to intervene.
Regardless of what the current situation is, the fact is that a person can get better.
Setting up an intervention, you need to make sure that everyone involved is on the same page. It doesn’t matter how many family members or friends are there for the intervention, what matters is that all those present have the best interest of the addict in mind. Anyone who is antagonistic should be kept away or it will just turn into a shouting match full of blame. The addict should be told that he/she is loved and will always be loved. The addict should be confronted on the issue of their addiction and how it is affecting everyone involved. The main focus of the intervention will be getting the addict to reach for help. It is very important not to lay blame or make the person feel wronged about their addiction. The addict usually doesn’t view the addiction as the major problem that it is.
Before starting the intervention it is good to have a plan and a back up plan incase the addict refuses help. A –Iif the addict agrees to get help you must have a facility or drug rehab program set up to get the addict into immediately. Once the addict agrees to get help you only have about a 24-48 hour window to get the addict into a program or they will fall back into their same old ways. B-Iif the addict refuses help the family and friends must be prepared to let the individual know that they are now on their own, which means no support from the family either financial, or otherwise. Remember that most consider that any contribution to a person addicted except rehab or help is actually enabling that person to continue the life style that may ultimately kill them.
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