Millions of people struggle with drug addiction in the United States on a daily basis, and many don’t realize that their drug addiction has taken control of their life until things hit a breaking point.
It’s important to know that an intervention is often needed for addicts to be inspired to get help overcoming their addiction. Interventions are often difficult for families to do because they don’t want to hurt their loved one’s feelings or cause them to act out emotionally because they feel attacked.
The following guide provides a few tips that you can put into place when you are ready to have an intervention for a loved one.
Stop Enabling the Person
One of the biggest obstacles that drug addicts face when trying to overcome an addiction is accepting that they have a problem.
When people close to them support them in every way possible it enables them to keep doing what they are doing. They assume that if they were doing anything wrong, someone close to them would stand up and tell them what they are doing is wrong.
If you’re constantly bailing your loved one out of trouble, you’re telling them you accept and are okay with their actions.
Sometimes the best thing you can do to stop enabling them is to let them fail. Don’t give them money to cover debt that they owe. If they wanted to pay their bills they would get a job and work for it. This would require them to stop or at least decrease how much drugs they are doing.
If they have someone else paying for everything for them, they won’t ever have to worry about taking care of things on their own. Don’t get them out of legal trouble and don’t support their habits by buying drugs for them or giving them money to buy it for themselves.
Be Supportive in the Right Ways
Everyone wants to help the people that they love, but giving the right support is important when it comes to a drug addict.
If the person you love needs help getting to and from drug counseling meetings, seeing a doctor or getting treatment for their addiction, give them the ride that they need. If they want a ride to go to a drug dealers house or simply to go to the store to get snacks because they have the munchies, don’t give them a ride.
You want to be sure that they know they can count on you when you really need it, but not that they can use you whenever it’s convenient for them.
Consider Holding a Formal Intervention
If you notice that your loved one isn’t making any strides toward getting clean or bettering themselves, consider holding an intervention for them.
You want to be sure that you discuss what is and isn’t going to be stated at the intervention with everyone who plans to participate.
The addict shouldn’t feel like they are being judged or attacked as this can cause them to run from the help that they so badly need, so avoid that shame or anger.
Ensure everyone knows that they need to keep their emotions in check. Addicts need to be talked to firmly, without crying or whining taking place.
They need to know how their addiction has affected their life in a negative way, as well as those around them.
Have a game plan in mind for where your loved one can go to get the help that they need. Care Recovery Intervention Services has a spectrum of recovery services available to your loved one to provide the exact care that they need.
Some addicts require inpatient care so they can get help with their addiction in a physical and psychological way. There is often a fundamental reason why people start using drugs and determining what that reason is and how the person can treat it in a healthy way increases the chances of them being able to get clean for good.
These services help them know how to spot triggers so they can avoid them and how to handle stress in a proactive way.
Be Ready to Put Your Foot Down
It’s important to know that your loved one may not listen to what is said during the intervention, and they may continue to do drugs. If this happens, you need to be willing to be strong and put your foot down to keep the other people in your family safe.
Having a drug addict in your home or close to your family can be dangerous because you never know if the addict is going to do something that leads to your home getting raided or when they might have an outburst that becomes physical and puts your family at risk.
During the intervention, you need to let your loved one know that you aren’t going to stand for their drug use anymore and that if they continue to use, they cannot be in your or your family’s life. This can be difficult but being alienated from the people that they love could be the push they need to get help.
You have to be strong and stick by what you say so that they know you mean business and that you aren’t willing to put your family in jeopardy to support them.
If your loved one does go to Care Recovery Intervention Services or gets help from another professional drug rehabilitation entity, you need to be willing to give them a second chance when they graduate from their treatment.
The person will more than likely be ashamed of their past and want to move on to a brighter future, and knowing that they have the support of their friends and family makes that easier for them.
It’s important to keep a close eye on the person to ensure that they don’t relapse, and if they do you need to be willing to distance yourself again. Relapses occur in roughly 40% of addicts, but providing support can help lower the chances of a relapse greatly.