What is Drug and Alcohol Intervention?

When a family member or a close friend is suffering, much less dying, we normally want to help and make things better.

But with drug addiction and alcoholism, it’s not that easy. It is hard to convince someone to quit. The changes that occur in the personality do not help in understanding it; “he is not the same person I knew.” There is no doubt drug addiction, and alcoholism is hard not only on the family or close friends but also for the addicted. Admitting you have a problem is not easy, and a lot of the time, that person has solved a problem by using mind-altering substances in the first place, and they feel better off high or drunk.

Every year people die from substance abuse of some kind, but you can make a difference. You don’t have to wait until the person hits rock bottom to act. A drug and alcohol intervention can be planned.

A well-planned intervention comes into play and can make a difference when done right. Families have followed the advice in the next few pages and had success. But sometimes the help of an experienced  professional interventionist is necessary. 

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Introduction: Drug & Alcohol Intervention

Drug Rehab Center and Method Used

First, what is the desired product of the intervention? After the addict agrees they have a problem and wants help, you need to know what that help is. The parties doing the intervention should agree on what program or method will be best for the addict once they have agreed to receive help.

There are thousands of programs and many philosophies or approaches to treatment, and generally, the addicted person needs help in identifying one that is right for them. The result of which program or approach they go to will determine the percentage of relapses after treatment, causing much greater complexity and further risk and continued pain and struggle for them and those around them.

Asking Questions & Being Informed

Once the group has decided to do an intervention, they should have a facility to propose to the addict. Before the drug and alcohol intervention, they should contact the centre of their choice. They will need to know what the admittance procedure is along with the financial obligation attached to it and specific questions remaining about what treatment the addict will be receiving.

Remember, we are talking literally about the person’s life and its general quality, so don’t hesitate to ask questions. If the treatment centre you have in mind doesn’t answer all pertinent questions to your satisfaction, or they seem deceitful about the outcome of treatment, the family may want to consider a second opinion. The addicted lives and dies by their ability to recover from drugs, so this is not a decision to take lightly. The next step in intervention is a devastating event in the person’s life.

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This webpage is brought to you by Addiction, Referral and Consultation Services. If you need help finding a drug rehab centre or a drug addiction treatment method that will help the person in question, do not hesitate to contact us. Our service is free and confidential. We can also provide help for a drug and alcohol intervention.

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