Trying to arrange an intervention for a drug user without professional advice and assistance is not a good idea. It can lead to dangerous situations for everyone involved and actually have a negative impact on the drug abuser’s long-term potential for recovery.
Interventions require a complex interplay of support and confrontation that is best organized and run by professional interventionists who have training and expertise in this area. The support and participation of friends and family are an important element in the process, but the planning and resources of a professional are critical.
Individuals who abuse drugs often feel that they are in control, and that the drugs enable them to better control different aspects of their life. They may be “self-medicating” for a mental or physical health condition – or using the drugs to “perform better” at their jobs. Unfortunately, these individuals are simply deluding themselves, and it eventually becomes all too clear that the drugs are in control of them, not the other way around. After their attempts at blaming everyone else for their problems fail, a professional drug intervention may be their best chance at regaining control of their lives.
Many drug abusers feel that their drug use is a personal issue that is no one’s business but their own. The reality is that the drug abuser negatively impacts everyone around them in a variety of ways. This can be through accidental or intentional violence brought on by hallucinations or false feelings of confidence or expertise, or the result of drug-seeking behaviors on the part of an addict looking for their next fix any way they can get it. The list of potential negative consequences is endless and will only continue to grow until your loved one gets the help they need through a professional drug intervention.
Drug abusers come in all shapes and sizes, and their drug of choice can have a big impact on their path to recovery. A professional drug intervention takes these differences into account and plans a strategy that is tailored to the specific challenges posed by the subject’s drug (or drugs) of choice. This is the approach that will have the best chance of success, regardless of the specific drugs in question.
With the help of one of our recommended professional interventionists, your loved one will finally see that they have a problem. They will no longer be able to try and justify their actions or try and assure everyone they can handle it on their own. After your loved one's intervention they will know that they need to get help at a professional treatment facility or they will never get better.
If your friend or family member has a serious problem with drugs, you need to get involved, and the best way to do that is by scheduling a professional intervention today. Contact us right now at NIDA to get your loved the help they need.