When a family member suffers from a drug problem, South Dakota families often wonder about the best way to help. While no one wants to sit idly and watch a person’s life be ruined by the power of drugs, many are afraid saying anything can make the problem worse. With a well organized drug intervention, it is possible for a family to provide a unified approach to the person’s addiction that often results in the individual checking into rehab.
The best way to plan an intervention is to seek the help of a trained interventionist. This individual is usually a counselor who has experience dealing with both families and addicts. Interventionists often work as a part of the staff of drug treatment centers. If considering an intervention, South Dakota families should contact local rehab centers to see if they offer these services.
The interventionist plays several roles in planning and conducting the meeting. He or she may help the family members that will form the intervention team to decide what they should say during the meeting. The professional can help determine the best time to have the gathering, generally at a time the addict is more likely to be clearest thinking.
At the actual confrontation, the interventionist moderates the meeting and ensures it remains on point. If the individual with the drug problem refuses treatment, the interventionist can help to minimize the psychological and emotional damage to those who are involved.
Members of the team are asked to write letters to the individual with the addiction. In these letters the writer addresses the way the individual’s problem has affected them personally. By writing letters, the team members are better able to ensure they remain on topic and use carefully selected words.
This can reduce the pressure for those involved while allowing them to speak their hearts. The letters express their concern for the individual while also setting boundaries that help to protect the writer. They ask the individual to agree to treatment and include consequences if the individual does not seek help.
The intervention is often the crisis needed in the life of the addict that causes him or her to seek help. It is completed in a supportive environment but calls for action. If the addict agrees to treatment, the interventionist often transports him or her directly from the gathering to the detox facility.
Without this, the addict may never seek treatment. Seeing family members and friends to express their support can help to ensure he or she gets the treatment necessary to live a life free of the influence of the drug. While addiction is a chronic illness and there is no cure, it is treatable. Many individuals have received the necessary treatment and live their lives in sobriety.