Drugs and alcohol can cloud the mind of a person, even a strong-willed one. No one knows what goes through the mind of an addict until and unless they have lived that life. Intervention can be the life-changing step for the addicts as this can inspire them to take the treatment from the rehabilitation centre and get their life back.
First, you have to understand that you do not know the situation of an addict or other reasons. So do not try to show that you know how it feels like to be in their shoes. You have to design an intervention carefully. You can also ask a few questions to yourself before invasion like:
Will I be able to layout the points effectively without enraging him?
Will I be able to form an inner circle for the intervention?
Will I be able to follow through this even if there is a negative outcome?
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You can hold an intervention by following these simple steps:
· Intervention specialist
There is a chance that you might not have conducted an intervention before and do not know how to do it. You do not have to worry about that as you can take help from the intervention specialist. He or She can help you to help in breaking the cycle of denial by an addict. An intervention specialist is an integral part of the successful intervention.
Confronting an addict alone can make things worse, and he or she might become stubborn about the denial.
· Form an intervention group
Once you decide to do an intervention, you have to make an intervention group. It can be next to the impossible task to change the mind of an addict alone. Whereas, it can be a lot easier for you if you have help from the friends and family of an addict. While forming a group, you have to remember that the group should be compact and practical. You also have to keep in mind that in a group, you should not include the person who is not liked by the addict.
· Learn and rehearse
You should learn about the addiction you are going to intervene the addict about. This can be done with the help of an intervention specialist.
When you have learned about the addiction, you have to prepare the stories of how his or her addiction has affected your life also and rehearse it. This might make you feel that you are cheating with an addict, but you have to see the more exceptional picture and practice.
· Time and place
Choosing the time and place is an essential part of an intervention as a wrong place and wrong time can change the whole perspective of a response, and you might end up as a failure. You have to keep in mind that the site you are choosing for the intervention should not be a public place or when he or she is high or stoned.
If you provide the space that an addict feel safe, then there is an excellent chance of an addict getting open about his or her feeling about the addiction and choose to take addiction treatment program at the rehabilitation centre.
· Prepare for anything
Intervention is a delicate process, and you never know when it can go sideways. So it is better to keep the intervention specialist with you during the invasion. A specialist can help you to move the response forward in a positive way. If the addict feels hostile and gets aggressive, then immediately call 911.
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