Intervention Strategies For Drug And Alcohol Abuse

group discussing an intervention

The goal of an intervention for drug and alcohol abuse is to get the addict into treatment as soon as possible. In order to achieve this goal, it is important to employ the proven intervention strategies.

1. Expert Intervention

It takes some knowledge, skill and experience to conduct an intervention successfully. It is best to have an expert interventionist who is objective and experienced at handling a variety of different situations that can occur in an intervention. However, if getting a skilled interventionist is not an option or if the family prefer to handle the intervention privately, it is still recommended to consult with an expert for the best advice and strategies before going ahead.

2. Plan Of Action

It cannot be stressed enough that planning is key to a successful intervention. Plan every detail including the location, date and time, who will be there, what will be said, who will say what and what will happen after the intervention. Stick to the plan no matter what happens and prepare for every eventuality.

3. Stay Calm

It is best to select a safe and secure environment within which to conduct the intervention and to remain calm and rational throughout the process no matter how out of control the situation may get. It requires patience and a strong resolve to conduct an intervention so choose a person who has these characteristics to be the main speaker and to keep everything calms, under control and ensure that the plan of action is being followed.

3. Consequences

Keeping in mind that the end goal is to get the addict into treatment and the best way to do this is to deliver an ultimatum. An ultimatum provides the addict with a choice to get treatment or to accept the consequences of not getting the help that they need. For example, if the addict does not agree to go to rehab, they can no longer live in the family home.

It is very important to make it clear to the addict that the ultimatum is serious and that it will be implemented. Consequences should be delivered immediately. Using the above example, either they leave immediately for rehab or vacate the home and do not return.

4. Love And Care

It is important for the addict to understand that the intervention and seeking treatment comes from the love and care that family and friends feel for the person. Ask loved ones who know the addict and care for them to participate in the intervention. Repeatedly stress that the addict is loved and cared for.

5. Avoid Manipulation

In many cases, friends and family members have enabled an addict in some or other way. This is because the addict has been able to manipulate them into providing financial or other type of assistance in supporting their addiction. It is essential to avoid being manipulated, stick to the plan and follow through with the consequences.

Knowledge is power and finding out as much as possible about addiction, treatment as well as intervention strategies is essential before staging one.