6 Steps to a Successful
Alcohol and Drug Intervention
September 2, 2011
When a family member is in trouble or hurting, much less dying, we normally want to gather together and make it all go away. Unfortunately, with addiction it’s not that easy.
“ I just kept watching him get deeper and deeper in trouble. I could never sleep for wondering if tonight would be the night they’d call and tell me he ’s dead. Every time I spoke to him about the problem, he would get upset and leave. I didn’t know what to do. All I found was pain and despair at watching my baby kill himself and I could do nothing to stop it.”
This is a common story. Everyone around an addict knows he/she needs help, but often the addict can’t see it. Many die exactly that way. Our goal is to try to provide the family with as much information as possible relating to the intervention process.
This service is provided by Detox Narconon, which is a non-profit public benefit service. Intervention services are made available nationally to assist families through these roughest of times. Please call at any time for a personal consultation with a specialist.
Something you should know…
Very often, an addicted person will know deep inside that they need help but be unable to stop the events they are immersed in long enough to receive the needed help. An example that is very common is when an addict encounters some major problem (i.e. arrested, kicked out of house, loses job etc.) and are at that point completely willing to discuss their addiction with loved ones. Unfortunately, if this opportunity is not quickly maximized, the drug cravings and overwhelming environment will force the individual back into using and it will be some length of time before he/she will encounter forces that again yield cooperation towards rehabilitation efforts.
However, families can either bring about this moment in time for the addict or capitalize on an event when it presents itself. In either case the family needs to be educated on exactly what steps to take to get the person help and have that person begin recovery.
What follows is a very general informational guide, which should help the family or loved ones that are contemplating intervention focus their efforts for maximum effectiveness. Please be aware that the intervention process is very serious and can be complicated by many variables so it is always advisable to consult an expert advisor who has experience in achieving the expected result.
For free advice on performing an intervention, we have a toll free number and an advisor standing by to assist in whatever needed capacity. He/she can help the family organize their efforts and possibly prevent costly mistakes which leaves the addict using and at risk. This service is provided as a public benefit and there is no fee asked.