Drug Intervention

What is a Drug Intervention?

Seeing a loved one spiral down the path of drug addiction can be a painful sight to see. Some people become an enabler to their loved one’s addiction to “control” the situation while others believe nothing can be done about the situation. However, doing this only speeds up the addiction cycle. One way to get a loved one into treatment and begin their path towards sobriety is through a drug intervention.

Typically, a drug intervention is an action taken by the family and/or friends to help their loved one to go to treatment. An intervention is not to “target” the loved one but to create an opportunity for them to accept help from their family and friends to attend treatment. A successful interventionist guides and educates everyone involved. Unifying and empowering the support system will increase the chances of your loved one going to treatment but also increase the chances of long-lasting sobriety.

Are Drug Interventions Necessary?

One of the most frequently asked questions is, “Do we even need a drug intervention?” The answer is simple – Yes. In most cases, the loved one in question will try to place the blame on other people rather than looking at themselves. Hosting a drug intervention can help break the denial that some family members may have regarding treatment and substance abuse while also breaking the denial of their loved one.

How Are Interventions Beneficial?

If a drug intervention is performed by a professional, it can be a highly beneficial tool for everyone involved. Consulting a qualified professional to lead and carry out a drug intervention will increase the chances of getting the loved one into treatment.

A common misconception is that a drug intervention is solely getting an addicted loved one to go to treatment. Even though that is one of the goals, it is not the only goal. Getting them to go to treatment is not as difficult as getting them to stay in treatment, increase their willingness to apply the fundamentals of recovery, having them complete treatment, and then apply the principles of recovery after treatment. To achieve a long-term solution, we must achieve several goals in addition to getting them to go to treatment. Listed below are 7 goals of a successful drug intervention.

  1. To empower the family through education on addiction and enabling.
  2. Remove any enabling factors that are contributing or allowing the addiction to continue.
  3. Set healthy boundaries within the family so that they are no longer negatively affected by the drug use of the addict.
  4. Create a solid team within the family that works together instead of independently.
  5. Change the dynamics within the family to more effectively handle the addiction and increase the willingness of the addict.
  6. Formulate and implement a long-term recovery plan to increase the chances of permanent abstinence and then adhere to the plan as a family.
  7. Learn effective tools get their loved one to treatment, help keep them there, and focus on recovery after returning home.

Is There a Chance They Won’t Go to Treatment?

There is always a chance that a drug intervention may not get a person to go to treatment. However, just because they do not go to treatment does not mean the intervention was a failure or did not work. If a family has hit all or any of the goals mentioned above, then a drug intervention can be considered successful.

That being mentioned, the risk of the loved one not going into treatment during an intervention is significantly lower with a trained interventionist. On average, a drug intervention that is done by an experienced professional interventionist has a 90% chance of being successful. If a family prepares themselves for the intervention through hiring a professional interventionist, becoming educated, and being a unified support system, the chances of the drug intervention succeeding increases dramatically.

Stick to Your Bottom Lines

Bottom lines are what families use to draw the final line and set boundaries if their loved one does not go to treatment. Bottom lines can be anything from, “I will no longer give you money.” to “I’m going to take over custody of your children until you demonstrate that you are a fit parent.” Holding an intervention is a last resort when getting a loved one into treatment. Which means that in the potential case that the intervention ends with them not going to treatment, the family must be ready to follow through with the bottom lines set forth during the intervention.

Have a Treatment Plan Post-Intervention

Taking a loved one to treatment immediately after hosting a drug intervention will help dramatically increase the success rate. They will have no time to go back on their promise and will have no other option (if the family remains a cohesive team and sticks to their bottom lines).

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Why Heartland Recovery Center?

To make sure not only the intervention but the treatment is long-term successful, choosing a treatment option that will work for your loved one is ideal. Which is why Heartland Recovery Center does not “fit the mold” when it comes to treatment. Unlike other treatment centers, Heartland tailors each client’s treatment to insure the highest quality. This is insured by allowing clients to have a voice in their recovery journey and treatment plan. One size does not fit all. Finding and following a path of recovery that is authentic to the individual is essential in long-term recovery. At Heartland Recovery Center, our team helps guide clients to find the path that fits their needs. Being able to genuinely bond with the staff, program, and other clientele will allow give them a true connection with recovery. To find out more about interventions, our program, or general information, please give us a call.