There's nothing scarier than the thought of losing a loved one to addiction. If you're planning on staging a drug addiction intervention for someone you care about, there are certain measures to help you receive the most positive outcome possible. Speaking and establishing trust with the affected person will enable you pass your point across more efficiently rather than blaming and being unprepared.
Gather Loved Ones
While these meetings are not supposed to be done with a full house, it's important that the affected individual hear the same message from more than one person. Limit your team from four to eight people: you want to avoid appearing to gang up on the person, but you also need to echo the same message many times over. When picking these friends and loved ones, make sure no one is uncomfortable telling the truth. Only involve people who can clearly communicate that there's a serious problem that needs to be solved. Anyone who may waiver should be excluded for best results. The team needs to provide a unified front.
Prepare the Space and Discussion Points
Before bringing the person in front of your team of loved ones, make sure the space where you'll hold your drug intervention is comfortable and inviting. It's also important to list the points you want to cover during the meeting. Emotions run high in these proceedings, and it can be easy to lose track of what you wanted to communicate. That being said, don't prepare an extremely long list. It's essential to arrive to the point concisely and quickly. Rambling on will only gives the addict more material to argue with.
Control Your Emotions
This sounds easier than it actually is, but you must keep in mind you're confronting the disease, not the person. Any negative comment, insult, or tantrum is the disease lashing out, not your loved one. Your meeting will be more likely to end positively if everyone can remain calm and collected.
The point of a drug intervention is to relay that the tipping point has been reached. Whether you're declaring that you'll no longer financially support them or speak to them or whether you have some other conditions in mind, it's important this person knows that a choice must be made. Offer them the chance to get help or relay to them the consequences (jail, no family contact, etc.) if they continue down this path. It's extremely important to set this boundary in stone and communicate that there will be no exceptions.
Have Help Ready
This will involve seeking assistant from a professional. If your loved one agrees to seek treatment for their addiction, it's vital that no time be wasted. More time between this decision and the first day of treatment only offers an addict more chances to back out of treatment. Even if you don't believe your loved one will agree to treatment, it's always a good idea to have a place ready to accept them before holding your drug intervention. Even when the situation seems dire, there is always hope. Being prepared, loving, and firm will help the chances of your drug intervention ending in success and a commitment to treatment.
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