How do you get someone into a drug rehab? Holding a drug intervention is the first step in attempting to get the addict to recognize their problem and realize they need help to stop using. The primary purpose of conducting a drug intervention is to motivate the individual to seek the help they need to get off drugs or alcohol right then; the very day and time that you are holding the intervention. It doesn’t do much good to have them agree to get help or make them wait days or weeks before enrollment into a drug rehab comes to fruition. This is why there are a few key steps you as the loved one must perform before actually holding the intervention.
First, the person who is running the drug intervention forms a group of people who care about and supports the addicted individual. You may choose to contact a drug interventionist if the addict has the potential to become angry or violent during the intervention. Next, those concerned need to research the extent of their addicted loved one’s problem. What types of drugs are they abusing and what negative results have happened because of their addiction problem?
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This is also a good time to make contact with drug rehab programs. You are probably going to first consider treatment facilities close to home but this is not always the best choice. Take into consideration having them enroll in a long distance program. This will remove them from their using environment, give them the space and distance necessary and hinder contact from dealers and using buddies. They will be able to focus solely on their personal addiction recovery.
It is important to have a drug rehab center lined up before the day of the intervention so that if/when the addict agrees to treatment you have an exact place to take them right away. Some drug rehab programs are very busy and have a wait list; others will have specific enrollment conditions. These are all pieces of the puzzle you are putting together before the intervention takes place. Having this information and working out the details before your loved one accepts treatment is vital to having the drug intervention run successfully.
The group who will be holding the intervention should meet a few times before the actual event to go over planning, location details and building their ability to work together. As a group you want to present a consistent, rehearsed message along with a structured treatment plan. The addict should be in the dark about these private meetings so as not to spook or give them a heads up on the impending intervention. During these meetings you will also be discussing specific consequences if the addict chooses not to accept treatment. Each group member needs to decide what action he or she is willing to take if the addict does not go into a rehab program. An example may be asking the addict to move out or taking away contact with children.
Before the intervention is held each member of the group needs to write down what they are going to say. This includes specific details of incidents where they addict either caused the group member problems or the group member witnessed a problem the addict was going through due to their substance abuse. Emotional issues, financial problems and relationship difficulties are common topics discussed during an addiction intervention. These topics are discussed during the intervention itself with regards to the toll it has taken on the addict and with an optimistic tone that you as a loved one know that the addict can change in the future.
How do you get someone into a drug rehab? When the time comes for the intervention to take place a member of the pre-established group has the addict arrive at the intervention location without revealing the reason. The group takes turns expressing their concerns and feelings about the addicted person’s substance use. The addict is presented with the treatment options previously arranged and asked if they are willing to accept treatment right there on the spot. If they falter or say no then each group member goes over the specific previously decided changes they plan to instill regarding the addict (having them move out, contact with children removed, etc.) since the addicted person is not getting help.
Once the drug intervention is over there are two paths the addict could go down. They could either accept treatment and then be escorted directly to the previously arranged drug rehab program or they continue using and have to live with the new changes their loved ones put into place. If they enter treatment it is important that spouses, family members and loved ones who are supportive of the recovering person remain in contact with them. This works to encourages them to remain in treatment and gives them a support network to reach out to when they complete drug rehab and return to their daily life.
If the addicted person does not accept treatment on the spot it does not mean that they are a lost cause. They may come around to the idea and just need days or weeks to think it through and approach recovery on their own terms. In the end, holding a drug intervention to get someone into a drug rehab is a beneficial and life affirming endeavor. Because, even if they do not go into treatment that very day, they know how much you truly care for them. They have had a mirror held up to their addiction issues and they cannot deny that they have people in their life who feel their actions are detrimental to their wellbeing.