Millions of Americans are addicted to either drugs or alcohol. Alongside them stand countless other family members and loved ones who are just forced to watch as their parent, sibling, spouse, partner or friend falls further and further into substance abuse. A drug intervention can help let struggling addicts know that they’re not alone and that they have a solid network of support behind them. Many loved ones of addicts are more empowered than they realize to guide them toward treatment and recovery; unfortunately, many also don’t know how or when to get started organizing the alcohol or drug intervention process.
Ideally plans for an intervention should begin as soon as the addict starts displaying signs of withdrawal or marked behavioral changes. This can include a decline in professional or academic performance, mood changes, isolation, estrangement, legal troubles or anything else. Often, however, families of addicts feel wait until the substance abuse gets so out of control that the intervention process becomes necessary and urgent. Once you and your loved ones have decided that an intervention is the best option, it might help to hire an experienced and qualified professional who can facilitate the process and keep it from devolving into bickering and name-calling.
It’s important to realize that your loved one may feel blindsided or ambushed when they learn they’re the subject of an intervention; however, it’s the job of the participants to remain calm, objective and supportive even in the face of aggression or hostility. Finally, it’s important to remember that the person you love and respect is still in there underneath the dysfunction and chaos of drug or alcohol abuse. Drug intervention is the first step toward getting our loving, committed and caring loved ones back from the grips of addiction and ensuring further distance from the possibility of an overdose.