What to Expect During a Drug Intervention

When family members and friends become aware of a loved one’s drug problem, it often becomes necessary to stage a drug intervention. When someone has a drug problem, they are usually affected mentally by the substance they are taking, which tends to have a negative effect on their judgment. This leads to them making poor decisions that harm not only themselves, but the people around them as well. At the point in time when it becomes apparent that their bad decisions have them totally out of control, an intervention may be in order.

A drug intervention is basically a group meeting between the person with the drug problem and their family members and friends who are affected by their behavior and care enough to ask them to go to treatment. Even before the day of the actual intervention, much preparation needs to be done.

Many interventions are often run by someone called an intervention specialist. The job of the intervention coordinator is to show the family members how to perform the intervention successfully. This will normally be done in a meeting the day before the drug intervention known as “family day”.

When family day arrives, the intervention specialist will try to educate the family on issues like tough love, enabling, addiction, and drug rehabilitation programs. He/she will also stress the importance of the family members being strong enough to confront the individual, speak the truth to them in love, and convince them to seek help. This will help to ensure the highest probability of a successful intervention.

On the day of the intervention, the person with the drug problem is usually unaware that anything is happening until they see all their loved ones gathered. This moment is crucial as the addict might not be ready to face the music since they are living in denial.

By the time of the intervention, the addict has most likely developed a pattern of behavior of manipulating, lying, cheating and even stealing. It is possible that, even after being confronted by everyone they care about, the person will still resist the advice of the family members and refuse to go into treatment.

On the other hand, interventions run by a specialist do have a high overall success rate. More often than not, the person with the addiction will agree to go to drug treatment. Many times, they will not admit that they are at fault, but will agree to rehab just to please their relatives. Whatever the reason, the important thing is to get them the help they need.

The intervention is considered a success if the family members are able to convince the person with the drug addiction to go to treatment. Once in treatment, they will be in the hands of professionals who are experienced in dealing with drug addicts and understand what it takes to get them clean. Also, a good intervention specialist will have the family prepared for the post treatment stage, ensuring that the changes made in rehab will be lasting. So for someone who has lost control of their lives as a result of drugs, a drug intervention is often the first step on the road to recovery.