Watching your loved ones ruined by drug addiction is far more heart breaking than anything else in the world. As they loss themselves in the addiction, you them as well, little by little. In situation like these, intervention plays a vital key to help them get into treatment.

It not an easy task to talk to your loved one with addiction problem and intervention is a very delicate task. Here are some dos and don’ts to approach your loved one to start a drug rehabilitation treatment:


The DO’S


DO arm yourself with research

For you to understand what your loved is going through do some research about drug addictions. In this way, you’ll have an idea about the disorder and know what exactly they feel. Another way to do this is to attend some seminars or meetings from one of your local addiction support groups. Members of the group may even share their experiences with you like how they start going to treatments, the reason for their addictions, etc.  This knowledge can help you foster empathy; a much needed skill in order for you to talk to you loved one suffering addiction. Your loved one will likely listen to what you are if it comes from a place of love, not as a reprimand. Educating yourself about addiction can help you foster these skills.

DO an intervention

Intervention remains an one of the most effective way to get someone start a drug rehab program. This method involves meeting your loved one with addiction and concerned family members or close friends in a neutral environment. This will show the users that they are not alone in their struggle, and their addictive behaviors affect those around them. You would want to start the conversation how their behaviors affect the real world. Also, don’t sound like you are forcing them to go into rehab.

DO think about getting a professional interventionist

If you are hesitant confronting your loved one with addiction, then consider getting help from an expert. Professional interventionist is a mental health expert that has all the skills to approach users. They can plan and manage the process of convincing someone to start addiction treatment. Another significant skill of an interventionist is the ability to act as a neutral person; users are more likely to open in such conditions. A neutral environment sometimes acts as a best setting to talk to users since they will not feel pressured or provoked.

DO start the treatment straight away

If everything goes well during your intervention, your loved one may choose to agree with you and start a rehab program. Once they agreed, start the treatment immediately and don’t allow any last drink or last hit. It is important to get the user directly to a facility as soon as you can.

DO support your loved one during and after the rehab program

Once your loved one starts a rehab treatment program, it’s important to show your support. Always be there, before, during and even after the treatment. You can help the user in providing them encouragement to focus on their recovery. However, there are instances where health care facilities implement a “no contact rule”. This means for a particular period you can talk or visit your loved one. During this time, do not try to contact the user. Also, do not give them travel money if they want to leave the program early or do not pick them up at the rehab center.

In some cases, users may experience a relapse after a rehab treatment. When treatment is over, your loved one is once again exposed to factors that could trigger the addiction. It is important to show complement them about their accomplishment in finishing the program. Encourage them to avoid these triggers. People suffering from addiction need to fight the battle on their own and use the essential skills that they learned during rehab. If this fails, support them in getting additional treatment.


The DON’Ts


DON’T randomly confront your loved one

With all the drama and commotion of addiction, emotions are running high. Confronting users with such emotions is always a bad idea. Do not get tempted to confront you loved one without a plan. This could do more harm than good. Users will feel more antagonized and more likely refuse any suggestion to go to rehab.  A good intervention requires meticulous planning and careful choices of words so that users will feel the concern is from a place of love.

DON’T judge the user

Your main goal should always be to get your loved ones to a treatment facility for their addiction. Stay on your goal as you talk to the user. It is always best to talk to the users when they are sober, so does everyone involved in the intervention. Do not judge them or bring out conversation about the things they did while under the influence. Avoid conversation like blaming their friends or partner regarding their addictive behavior.  Make them realize that you are willing to help them and focus on that alone.

DON’T make any hollow threats

The main goal is to convince your loved one to go to a drug rehab facility to get treated. In worst case scenario after the intervention ended, the user decided not to enter rehab. The consequences that you outlined before you intervene must take immediately. This is important that you are straight to words.

Don’t make any threats that you cannot do or won’t follow. If you said that you will cut off any financial support, be strict about it. Do not provide any money, give groceries or any hand-out to your loved one. Do not get faint hearted, this in a way is showing your support. This is to ‘support’ them about teaching the right and proper way to live a life, one that is drug free.

When your intervention concluded we do hope it ends well and that your loved one can immediately begin their treatment. If not, then do not give hope just yet, just let your loved one that you are willing to help. And that help is genuinely coming from a place of love.

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