The drug and alcohol intervention process quite simply is an organized approach done with family, friends, and an interventionist. It is to convince an addict to go for help and realize his or her addiction is affecting their life and the lives of the people around them. An intervention is usually the last resort for most families and is done after the family has gone through so much and really has nowhere else to turn. In many situations, the intervention is done because the addict is at that point where their addiction may kill them. A drug intervention that is done successfully will help an addict transition into a suitable drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.
How does an intervention work?
Much of the intervention process is done on the days leading up to the intervention, where the interventionist counsels the family and develops a plan to speak with the addict. What should be expected includes:
Education and information for family and friends
An opportunity for everyone to come together
Information is shared and support is offered to one another
A meeting is then scheduled with the person to perform the intervention
The counsel from the addiction professional will be a great help to the family, and it is recommended they listen to the professionals, and agree to work with them not against them no matter how hard the process may become.
What happens if there is no intervention specialist used?
Often families and friends will choose not to use an interventionist and believe they can handle the scenario without a third party. This decision is usually the wrong one to make, and this is for many various reasons. Firstly, the interventionist acts as a moderator and keeps the family on track throughout the entire process. Because addiction is so unpredictable, the addict may become violent and the family may not know how to handle this. Important information to pass along to an interventionist includes any medical history or history of mental illness, violent behavior, suicidal behavior, and if they are taking any mood-altering substances.