Interventions For Drug And Alcohol Abuse

Sometimes, an individual who has a drug addiction refuses to seek treatment. In these cases, an intervention may be necessary to help the user see how their addiction impacts their friends, family, career, and future.

An intervention gathers the friends and family of an individual with a drug addiction with the goal of getting the user to accept that they need to seek treatment. Prior to the intervention, attendees work with a trained addiction intervention specialist to develop a group message.

Interventions may:

  • Help patients understand the support they have from friends and family
  • Explain how their addiction impacts their relationships
  • Demonstrate how friends and family will support their addiction recovery
  • Explain the consequences of what may happen if the person does not agree to seek treatment
  • Include a clear recovery plan with actionable strategies and goals
  • Plan transportation to a treatment center if this is determined to be the best option for the user

Interventions can be a valuable first step in helping a drug user begin their journey to recovery. Since interventions can be sensitive, a trained intervention specialist guides the meeting to help avoid the user becoming defensive.

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