When the friends and family of a drug user enlist the help of an interventionist, they show that they are ready to save the life of their loved one. Doing so can be highly difficult, as addicts generally resist the idea of treatment, which complicates the intervention. To avoid these complications and provide the best chances of success, interventionists work with the family to lay down the ground work for what the intervention will focus on.
Focus of the Intervention
Interventions encourage treatment in the following ways:
- Same page mentality. Before discussing anything else, interventionists will ensure that all the involved members are on the same page of getting their loved one the help she needs.
- Common denominators. Interventionists will encourage participants to write down how the drug abuse has caused them pain and anger. Chances are that most of the family members will have similar issues on their list, as the addict’s behavior can affect everyone. The goal is to make the user aware of others’ feelings while giving the family a place to vent.
- My way or the highway. One of the most important things to focus on during an intervention is to develop a set of ground rules to protect themselves and others from the damage of the addiction. This will keep people safe while showing the addict that they will no longer acccept his behavior. This is designed to encourage a “rock bottom” experience, where the user has very little (if any) leeway to continue using.
- Rehab bound. The purpose of an intervention is to get the user into rehab. Through steps such as setting boundaries, voicing hurt feelings and getting on the same page with others, the interventionist is setting the family up to succeed in their attempts to get the user to treatment.
Interventions can be quite successful and as equally disastrous. Having an interventionist set the tone for a successful meeting truly relies on how he leads the pack. Providing positive steps to ensure a strong focus can be the final element that gets the user to rehab.
Help Planning an Intervention
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