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When's the Best Time for a Drug Intervention?The sooner you conduct a drug intervention, the sooner you can get your addicted loved one the treatment he or she needs to recover from addiction. However while time is of the essence, it is more important that you have carefully planned the intervention to ensure its success. Success in an intervention is obtained, when after the conversation the addict agrees to get into a drug treatment program.

Do Your Homework before a Drug Intervention

If you think a loved one is abusing or addicted to drugs, observe his or her behaviors to see if you can confirm your suspicions. Look for the following signs:

  • Has there been a change in the eating or sleeping pattern?
  • Has there been a decrease of attention towards personal hygiene?
  • Has a physician ruled out any illness that might explain the symptoms you are seeing?
  • Is the person distancing themselves from friends and family?
  • Are there new people in the person’s life that you feel may be contributing to their drug use?
  • Is the person more often absent from their typical lifestyle activities?
  • Is the person experiencing troubles at work or school?
  • Have you noticed any theft in your home, or is the person asking for money more often?
  • Does the person avoid eye contact with you or change the subject when you inquire about their activities and behaviors?

If you can say yes to any of these questions, watch your loved one. If you answer yes to several of the questions, you may want to start researching the intervention process. If you answer yes to all of these questions, you may want to seek out a professional interventionist who is trained to act quickly and effectively. Planning a drug intervention is critical for its success. Learn as much as you can about how to effectively plan and conduct an intervention. Any time you feel overwhelmed, realize that there are professional interventionists who can step in and guide you or take over the planning phase for you.

Find a Treatment Facility before a Drug Intervention

The goal of an intervention is to have the addict agree that they need help and will enter a drug rehab treatment facility. It is important for you to have recovery program arrangements made before the meeting so that there is no delay when the addict makes her or his decision. Select a suitable drug rehab treatment facility and perform all of the pre-admission tasks before the intervention, and have the addict’s bags packed and travel arrangements made. There should be no delay.

Select Drug Intervention Participants

People who participate in a drug intervention need to be people that the addict loves and is willing to listen to. For example if a teenager has no respect for her or his father who left the family several years ago, then having the father at the intervention does not make sense. Another characteristic of a participant is someone who has felt a direct impact from the addict’s behaviors. These people can speak from first hand experience about the events and emotions associated with the user’s addiction. While this is going to be an emotional interaction, the participant has to speak in a calm yet candid manner to the addict. The focus needs to be on the addict and not on any personal agenda that the participants have.

Plan the Logistics of a Drug Intervention

Before conducting a drug intervention, plan out the logistics. Your participants need to take the time to plan what they are going to say, and you need to determine when and where you will hold the intervention. One of the most important decisions is for you to determine what you will no longer provide for the addict if she or he refuses treatment. You must give the addict the choice to attend rehab, but you also must present the ramifications if their decision is not to seek treatment.

Get Help with Interventions

A drug intervention is an effective strategy for those concerned about a loved one’s drug use. However planning and conducting an intervention is not always easy. We can help. Please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about interventions. We are here to help.