A drug intervention is a meeting to confront an addicted person. Usually the meeting is planned by family members or friends. They may be worried or concerned about the welfare of the person with a substance abuse problem.
An intervention can be formal or informal, depending on the circumstance. Typically a formal meeting is planned by loved ones when an individual has a severe addiction that threatens his or her health and welfare and possibly the welfare of others.
An informal meeting is often the best solution when a person with a substance abuse problem has admitted to having a problem and is willing to seek help. Usually an informal meeting will take place between the individual with the problem, family members, and a drug or alcohol counselor.
From there a plan may be developed for seeking treatment and getting into an effective treatment program. The individual and the counselor may discuss needs for treatment and several treatment centers in Colorado or in one of the neighboring states, such as New Mexico, or perhaps Kansas to the east may be recommended. The person with the addiction may decide on a facility based on location or the types of treatment available.
A more formal meeting is usually planned by concerned family members and a special drug and alcohol treatment specialist known as an interventionist. This professional is usually present to make sure the confrontation is headed in the right direction, to explain the reason for the meeting, and to provide emotional support to all parties concerned. The confrontation is organized with family members with the intent to convince the person with the addiction to seek treatment.
At the same time, the family members and friends involved will explain to the addicted person how the substance abuse affects his or her life and the lives of others. When the person is confronted, the meeting often becomes emotional.
The individual with the substance abuse problem may become defensive or even angry at everyone present. The idea is that he or she needs to realize how serious the problem is and that treatment is the only option that will bring about positive changes for the future.
An intervention is more effective when all concerned parties set boundaries for the person with the addiction. Setting limits on interaction or the level of help to be given in the future are common.
The idea is for family members and friends to show a willingness to support the individual through treatment and recovery, but not to show support for continued substance or illegal drug use. The message needs to be clear and unified for the addict to understand. Often he or she has become accustomed to manipulating others into giving in to the drug or alcohol habit and providing some type of financial support.
A formal intervention should be organized with the help of a professional interventionist. Only the professional counselor has the insight into the dynamics of the family when drug abuse is involved. The counselor has the best idea of which types of treatment will work best for the specific situation and how family and friends can help the most to remedy the situation.
Anyone who has a friend or family member suffering from addiction knows the addict and loved ones suffer greatly. There is no way to alleviate the suffering unless treatment and recovery is successfully achieved.
Continued use of harmful substances can have some severe consequences. The formal intervention for someone suffering from addiction is often not a pleasant process. However, it is often necessary and the only way to get results.