Planning a Family Intervention for Drug Abuse

The presence of a family member who is addicted to drugs can potentially destroy a family. It is not easy to plan an intervention for a family member who is addicted to drugs but this often becomes the only way if previous attempts at getting the person to quit the addiction have failed. The purpose of an intervention is to let the person know how his behavior is affecting the rest of the family and friends. Not all interventions accomplish the desired goal of getting help for the individual but it does let him or her know that he has the support of family and friends.

How to plan an intervention

Planning for an intervention is not easy no matter how motivated the family members are to the task. Although the most important elements here are the concerned members of the family, in some cases the help of a professional counselor or a psychologist can help a group of concerned family members or friends go about the intervention in a way that will not seem like they are all closing in on the addicted family member.

A group of 6 or less is the ideal for an intervention. Too many people involved can give the person the feeling that he or she is being ganged up on and can be overwhelming.

The next step is to hold a planning meeting. This is where all the concerned individuals meet in order to plan the intervention. You may need to invite a psychologist or a counselor so that you will know how to do the intervention without giving the addicted individual the feeling of being surrounded. This is also where you plan how you will broach the subject of treatment if the individual chooses to accept it and how you can tell him or her how his actions are affecting the rest of the group. Appointing a leader is an effective step so that the individual will have one major person to focus on. This is also where you plan a time and a date for the intervention. Plan this as soon as possible and make sure that the person is sober during this time.

Taking time to practice the intervention is also important. In most cases, practicing with a counselor will help you clearly formulate what you want to say. Those who tend to get nervous in situations like these can write down what they want to say and practice saying this.

Finally, arrive early on the day of the intervention and wait for the person to arrive. During the intervention, make sure that you keep your emotions in check and listen to the drug addicts responses. Look for cues that the person is showing interest on the treatment offered such as asking questions about the treatment.

Intervention Success Rates

The effects of the intervention may not be seen until weeks after the activity. Follow through with your promises and hopefully in a week or two, the person will eventually realize the consequences and effects of the addiction and finally decide to seek help.