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Every year, millions of people around the world will have to face their addiction in many different ways. Some drug addicts may realize they have a problem with the drug and they may seek help from friends, family, or medical professionals. However many more people will not seek help and continue to destroy themselves with drugs and alcohol. For these people, an intervention will be necessary for them to receive addiction treatment. According to the Mayo clinic’s website, an intervention is a carefully planned process involving family, friends, and an intervention specialist.

An intervention presents a structured opportunity to make changes in someone’s life before more harm is done. Although there are people who do not choose to seek rehabilitation and treatment for their addiction and dependence to drugs, there are many others who actively seek treatment. The National Institute on Drug Abuse cited a 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report which estimated 23.5 million people (12 and older) needed treatment for illicit drug use and/or alcohol. That means that 9% of the U.S. population older than 12 needs drug/alcohol addiction treatment. That number is staggering.

For the majority of these people, help will never come… unless their friends and family conduct an intervention. An intervention may be the spark the addict needs to fight their addiction and dependence on drugs. The Mayo Clinic website also breaks down the steps for an intervention. These steps are planning the intervention, gathering information about the client, forming the intervention group, deciding on specific consequences, writing down what to say, and the intervention itself. Most treatment centers also offer counseling for family members. The website also mentions that a successful intervention must be planned carefully to obtain the intended consequences or it can worsen the situation. Sometimes, the subject of the intervention may feel attacked or ostracized. In some cases, the addict may become more resistant and reluctant to seek treatment.

According to the Mayo Clinic site, the planning stage of the intervention should include a professional counselor or social worker with experience. This stage also asks family members to understand that the addict may become violent or angry when confronted about the drug use in the context of an intervention. After, the family member or friend must gather information and evidence to find out the extent of the subject’s problem, his/her condition, and treatment options. After that, the intervention specialist will discuss a time and place for the intervention to take place.

After this step, the family members and friends will need to write down what they wish to say to the addict. These letters should have specific details of incidents where the addict’s action resulted in problems like emotional distress, financial hardship, or physical harm. This will be the opportunity for everyone to discuss the toll the addiction has on each person’s life, while displaying the belief and expectation that the addict can change.

The next to last step is the actual meeting where the subject is brought in. During this time, each family member or friend will be able to read their letters in hopes of convincing the addict to go to treatment. They will also need to present an immediate treatment option before saying what specific changes they will make if the subject does not stay sober.

The final step of the intervention process is for everyone involved to support the subject in his or her quest to get clean or sober. Most treatment centers (including Inspirations) will offer some type of family therapy or counseling. The point of this counseling is for the family and the addict to reconcile any issues that occurred prior to the addict leaving for treatment.

Sometimes, recovery must come as a result of an external influence or factor. An intervention is often triggered by those who love and care for the subject of the intervention and they have one main goal: change. Presenting  loved one’s worries and concerns in a structured environment with a professional intervention specialist present can truly help the addict to decide to change his or her ways. If you or someone you love needs help for an intervention, don’t hesitate to call us.

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