When family members and loved ones struggle with having a person who is addicted to drugs and alcohol within their family, they need to be able to do the right thing and get their family member or loved one into a rehab center and recovery program. However, the unfortunate truth of the matter is that people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol are very rarely willing to go to rehab, which may lead to staging an intervention to get the addict to realize they really need help. The statistics on getting help for drug addiction are actually quite unpleasant. For example:
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the American population that is faced with drug and alcohol addiction is an increasing group of people who keep finding themselves more and more heavily addicted to substances. They keep finding themselves in situations where they struggle intensively with substance abuse habits and issues and difficulties that become quite commonplace indeed.
Studies show that addicts, both drug addicts and alcoholics for that matter, more often than not are not interested in getting the help that they need to beat addiction for life, and rather find themselves pretty heavily hurt because of substance abuse. In fact, something on the order of magnitude of about eighty percent to eighty-five percent of those who suffer from addiction are quite incapacitated by addiction yet absolutely refuse to get the help they definitely need to kick their addiction habit for life.
Studies show that, more often than not, people who fall on hard times with a drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse will not be willing to get help for their addiction struggle. Though this feeling can change in a heartbeat and though people will often swing back and forth from being willing to get help to being totally unwilling to get help. However, the fact remains that people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol will be at, any given moment in life, at an eighty to eighty-five percent chance of being totally unwilling to get help for their substance abuse habit, no matter how bad the issue has gotten.
An intervention is a very key and very important aspect of the overall recovery process. When people struggle with addiction but are unwilling to get help, they will often need to receive an intervention. This can be accomplished effectively if and when the family of the drug addict or alcoholic has an intervention specialist to help them and an intervention plan as well.
The steps to staging an intervention on an addicted loved one are actually quite simple. The truth of it is that this is really the only sure fire way to convince someone to go to rehab who does not want to go, and this is the only really effective method for getting people to free themselves from a substance abuse habit, issue, and difficulty. The steps to an intervention do not need to be nearly as difficult as most people think they are. For how it pans out, most interventions occur in such a way as:
Making the decision and actually staging an intervention on the person. This is always the first step. Usually, the parents or spouse of an addict decide to hold an intervention on the person.
Getting a group together. The next step is to pick the team members of the intervention. Only use people whom the addict cares about and will enjoy the company of.
Making a plan. Get everyone who is going to be in the intervention together and work out who is going to say what to the addict and how they are going to say it. Each member of the intervention team needs to have an idea of how they are going to approach the addict.
Staging the intervention. One can’t put it off any longer. Time to actually stage the intervention, to confront the addict, and to make sure that everyone who wants to say something has the chance and the opportunity to do so.
Following up. Either the intervention will end in the success of convincing the person to go to rehab, or the person will refuse treatment, which also happens sometimes. Either way, if it ends in success then the key is to get the person into rehab immediately. If they refuse, follow up with them a few days later and see if they changed their mind. They often will.
Getting Help with Staging an Intervention
One of the keys to staging an intervention successfully is having a professional interventionist available to help guide the process along. When planning to perform an intervention, the key approach is of course to use a professional. While successful interventions can be accomplished otherwise, the odds of success when a professional is used more than double. For more information, contact Behavioral Rehabilitation Services today.