Many addiction experts agree that without intervention, patients would never receive the help they need to get clean and stay that way. Friends who enable are not truly friends. It is the person who finally stands up and says ‘enough is enough’ who has the person’s best interests in mind. Whether in need of alcohol, cocaine or meth rehab, there is always help within reach, but the first step is getting the person to admit that he or she needs it.
Interventions should not be in-the-moment events. One should expect that this type of face-to-face interaction is going to spur heated emotions and sensitivities. If not handled in the appropriate setting and with the right group, it can be more harmful than good. It is important to remember that drug addiction, regardless of the source, is a very powerful disease that inhibits the mind’s ability to properly process all that is happening in and around the sufferer. So, patience will be the key. Have the meeting set in a private, welcoming location. Invite the friends and family members who are willing to admit that the person needs help. Ensure that these are people who hold true value in the addict’s life, as it is his or her trust in these people that will ultimately lead to understanding and admittance. As a final, be sure to remind attendants numerous times that the intervention must be a surprise, otherwise the addict is likely to avoid the situation all together.
Drug and cocain rehab centers are often willing to help with the portion of the process as well. You should not be afraid to ask for help. It might be best to, at least, talk to someone from one of these facilities to get advice on how to move forward. Having a professional present at the time of the intervention can be of great help because it will become very important to keep all emotions in check – those of the addict as well as those of the guests. The group may want to meet with this individual in advance, or as a group without the professional if that is thought to be best. This can provide the time to come up with a game plan. It must be understood by all participants that the addict is just as likely to reject the thoughts and feelings of the group as he or she would be to agree to seek help. In that situation, it might be necessary to make ultimatums. All members of the group must be on board if this is to be effective.
Once the person agrees to get the help he or she needs, be sure that at least one member of the group goes with the person, directly to his or her residence to pack a bag. The drive from there should be straight to a Texas drug rehab center. It is important to minimize the time allotted for changing of his or her mind.
Even after the intervention is over, it is important for all members to continue to offer encouragement. This support system is the single most important element in relapse prevention after rehab.