Planning an intervention

Probably one of the most difficult stages in one’s life is struggling with addiction. Not all of us fall into a descending spiral and become victims of drug or substance abuse, but most of us know or have known someone who is fighting to overcome their disease.

It is, therefore, our duty as citizens and caring community members to help those around us afflicted by any vicious illness. It may come as a surprise, or not, that most people do not know how to approach the subject of an intervention or even conceive that there is such a method for them to help others so directly. Stopping substance abuse is not only for the specialized physicians and medical personnel working in health care facilities; it is for every single person who takes part of a community. Simply donating funds to a charity or expressing your assistance in an indirect manner won’t do any more. It’s time for hands-on approaches and immediate action!

The biggest mistake people make when considering an intervention, or even seeing that someone needs one desperately, is to consider that family members and spouses have already done this and it is up to them to take on this endeavor. But what most people forget is the fact that, generally, it is exactly these close persons who suffer the most from an addict’s behavior. Not few are the cases when family ties are simply broken and the men or women suffering from addiction lead a totally separate life, far from the eyes of the crowd and from the reaching arms of parents or children. This is precisely why any and every person noticing an afflicted soul should go right away to actions and plan an intervention as soon as possible. There is no doubt that there is a significant amount of effort in order to convince anyone to go voluntarily into a rehabilitation center or to follow an addiction treatment. Therefore, the first step is to gather around a couple of colleagues or acquaintances, anyone you can find, in order to better plead your case in front of a stubborn addicted person. Reaching out to family members or people from the past is not always the best idea possible, as they could be reluctant towards expressing their fears and being truthful in front of close relatives. Embarrassment and guilt are oftentimes just some of the feelings that reign supreme in the mind of afflicted individuals and this is precisely why most become more open in front of strangers or relatively less close friends, rather than extremely familiar faces.

In order to prepare yourself for the intervention, it is always wise to come up with a valid solution as well, like suggesting a treatment facility or a doctor’s visit. Find all the advice and support you need from a specialized rehab center or counseling facility and do not stop until you have reached your goal: to be a helping hand for those who have little to cling to anymore. Remember one thing all the time, it could be you! With that in mind we wish that nobody turns the back on a person needing help again. If planning an intervention seems like the hard part to you, imagine how difficult the rest is for them.