One of the central aspects of drug addiction is the drug addict’s denial about the seriousness of their situation. Many addicts mistakenly believe that they do not have a problem. When in denial, addicts often lie about their drug use to their friends, family members, co-workers and peers, and they may even lie to themselves and not face how harmful their drug use is to themselves or those that care about them. Since denial is one of the major barriers to receiving help to break free from addiction, intervention for drug addicts is a process that is often necessary to get them to see that they need help.
Intervention can be ordered by a judge, decided upon by a group of friends and relatives, or can even involve the addict themselves in the planning stage. The goal of intervention is always to confront the addict about their drug use in such a way that the addict comes to realize that they have a problem that they are powerless to control, and that they need help to stop using drugs or other addictive substances or habits.
Many times intervention for drug addicts is not successful when someone tries to use the steps that they see on a TV or Internet program about drug intervention. While there are some stages that many inventions have in common, it really is best to seek the skills and advice of a trained interventionist who will tailor the approach in confronting the addict so that it has the best chance for success.
An interventionist will normally talk with friends and family members of the drug addict and learn as much as they can about their background and history. Sometimes, many interventionists employ the use of letters written by family members and friends of the addict, who will meet with the addict and interventionist and read their letter to the addict in the hopes that hearing how their drug use is affecting someone that they care about will encourage the addict to enter detox and receive additional treatment for addiction. The interventionist will likely meet with the family members and friends who will confront the addict several times before the actual intervention takes place, either in person or over the telephone. There will be at least one or more rehearsals so that everyone is on the same page and knows what to expect during the intervention and the role that they are expected to play in helping the addict realize that they need help and agree to drug and alcohol treatment.
Once the intervention occurs, it is important for participants to remain resolved that they want their friend or loved one to receive help for their addiction. It is also important to remember that during the intervention the addict may continue to be in denial, and they may not react so pleasantly to the intervention. Should conflict occur, it is important to let the interventionist handle any conflicts that arise so as not to jeopardize the intervention process. The majority of interventions are successful and can truly be the first step in getting the addict to take action to save their life and learn how to live without addiction.