Drug and alcohol interventions: Who needs them?
For many, convincing a loved one to enter substance abuse treatment is no easy feat. If you’re reading this and wondering if your loved one needs a drug and alcohol intervention, the chances are, he or she most likely does.
Drug and alcohol interventions are often a last ditch effort by loved ones to get an addict into drug and alcohol treatment. Typically, it’s become obvious that an addict’s substance abuse is affecting not only themselves but also those around them. They may show poor performance in work or school, and they may be shirking other responsibilities as well. Many addicts who need interventions may also be in financial or legal trouble.
The first goal of an intervention is to make an addict realise what their drug or alcohol use is doing to themselves and everyone around them. Another goal is to get the addict to stop their self-destructive behaviour.
One of the most important and obvious goals of a drug and alcohol intervention, however, is to get an addict to stop drinking and doing drugs. This can be difficult, and it usually requires loved ones to convince the addict to go into an addiction treatment program. If an addict refuses to do so, loved ones should then be prepared to put an end to their enabling behaviour and stop inadvertently supporting the alcohol and drug abuse.
An alcohol and drug abuse intervention is a complex process comprised of several important steps. The first steps of an intervention are typically the planning steps:
- Meet with a professional interventionist. These specialists are trained to understand and deal with addictions, as well as plan and stage interventions.
- Decide on who will attend – as well as where and when the intervention will take place. During the planning stage of an intervention, you should decide who will participate in it, as well as when and where it will be held.
- Plan what you will say. Many people find it helpful to write down what they’d like to say during an intervention and simply read it when the time comes. A few rehearsals should also help prepare before the actual intervention.
Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | January 28, 2020