Intervention: How to Approach an Addict

Seeking an intervention for someone you know and love can be a difficult thing to do when you’re unsure of how to approach an addict. Thankfully, there are a myriad of things that you can do when approaching an addict to help with the overall process and maybe even give them a better chance of responding well to the intervention. The following will provide you with an in-depth guide on how best to do this. 

How Best to Perform an Intervention

InterventionWhen you’re looking to perform an intervention, you must first understand the best way to hold an intervention for the addict that you want to help. It’s important to know that addiction is a disease, and the only way that an addict is going to recover is by seeking help and treatment immediately. If you delay having an intervention for the person that is addicted to drugs, their addiction will only worsen. While this means that there needs to be a sense of urgency to how you approach the addict, you will still need to be calm and speak to them with love.

When you’re preparing to hold an intervention, you will need to obtain information about how the drug this person is addicted to is affecting them, in order to better understand what they are going through. While understanding their addiction and how it affects both them and you is sometimes enough to help the addict admit their problems and that they have an addiction, this is oftentimes not the case and more steps will be required. Most addicts are ashamed of their behavior, but simply won’t admit that they have a problem with addiction, because that would mean they are admitting that they are a failure.

Give Your Total Understanding and Support

When performing an intervention, it’s essential that you do so without getting angry at the addict and do it at a time when multiple family members or friends can have a face-to-face meeting with them. Having a myriad of different people approach the addict at the same time is something that forces this person to understand how what they are doing is affecting their life and the lives of those closest to them. You must give this person your total support. Make sure that they understand that you will be there with them every step of the way and that you know what they are going through. One of the reasons that it’s oftentimes so difficult for an addict to face their addiction and seek treatment is due to the fact that others around them treat them as an alien, someone that they can’t understand. They must know that you grasp just how easy it is to become an addict.

Be Specific About Your Expectations

It’s also of the utmost importance that the intervention is either overseen by a doctor/drug counselor or directly mediated by an interventionist to deliver the best results and ensure that each side, both those seeking the intervention and the addict, are equally heard. During the intervention, there are several different things that you should discuss with the person that is addicted. For starters, make sure to give specific instances and details of how their behavior has been destructive to them and the people around them, including everyone at the intervention. Make sure that they understand how everyone at the intervention is going to react if they don’t seek recovery and provide them with information on the best treatment ideas for a smooth and simple recovery plan. Follow up with them after the intervention has been held to ensure that they do seek treatment if they have agreed to it. As for the treatment, the very best option is what is known as inpatient treatment.

Benefits of Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment provides recovering addicts with a myriad of benefits and is the best solution for an addict after you have went through an intervention with them. Inpatient treatment is more hands on and personal than other forms of treatment, as the addict will be staying at a rehab facility for a certain period of time, typically one to six months. During this time, they will be given the utmost attention by professional staff during all phases of recovery.

Inpatient treatment also ensures that there is a much lower possibility of the patient relapsing than if they had sought an alternate form of treatment, as it will be impossible for them to obtain drugs while receiving this treatment. This form of treatment will not only help the recovering addict get through the detox portion of recovery with the aid of medical professionals, but it will also help them to improve their emotional state. If you are looking to approach an addict through an intervention, make sure they seek out inpatient treatment immediately.

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