At Serenity Addiction Centres we deliver drug interventions with family, friends and loved ones to assist drug addicts who desperately need help to engage in the drug rehab programme that they need. An intervention occurs when a small gathering of close people comes together with the individual suffering from drug addiction. Together, these supportive and close friends and family can work together to get their loved one onto the programme that they desperately need. An intervention is often the only way to encourage someone to treat heavy drug abuse when that individual’s health and safety is severely compromised and the drug addiction is heavily impacting on the lives of those around them.
If you feel that you need to stage an intervention for a loved one, it is important to know that it is completely normal to have a range of heavily conflicting emotions about the process. Guilt is a particularly common one as it can be an emotional time and the addict is likely to be angry and resentful at first. But as drug addiction is progressive and degenerative, proper treatment is the only way to see your loved one helped back from the brink and to a healthy, happy life once again.
How to stage a drug rehab intervention
Consider which people you will include for the intervention. These should be very close individuals to the addict, and just a small group. Make sure each of these people are ready to play a role in the ongoing care and recovery of the individual suffering from drug addiction.
Ask each person to be prepared to share personal thoughts with their loved one during the process and to speak sincerely and openly on the topic as you stage the intervention. Ask that each person asks the individual to go into drug rehab in a supportive and non-critical way.
Know that there is likely to be resistance and anger. The process can be challenging for everyone concerned as it forces a difficult and daunting change. Get professional advice. At Serenity Addiction Centres we are highly experienced at staging drug rehab interventions and we can advise on the different models and approaches that can be used in different situations with the best effect. Contact us for advice and guidance and we will be happy to help on a completely confidential, supportive basis. Remember, we do offer urgent admissions.
It can be difficult to begin a conversation about drug addiction treatment with a loved one, especially if there has been no prior conversation or understanding that there is a drug problem in place. Here are some good tips to follow to make the process easier:
Find out about the substance that your loved one is taking and inform yourself of its effects and health risks. This will give you valuable insight. Speak to your GP or a local drug support group to find out what treatment or support options exist.
Contact Serenity Addiction Centres for free advice on different treatment programmes and options to get a sense of the approaches which are likely to work best.
Speak to other close family members or friends who feel the same and who want to help. When speaking to your loved one about their drug addiction and options for help, focus on their needs, remain empathetic and reassure your loved one that you feel compassionate about their situation and want to see them get better. Do not criticise where possible and listen carefully.
Suggest treatment options and offer support for practical matters, such as going to appointments and consultations with them. Remember, the prospect of drug rehab can be very daunting for an addict as it is entirely an unknown. Get professional help from Serenity Addiction Centres and don’t walk away if your well-intended approach doesn’t work. Remember that we can stage a supportive, caring intervention when needed to ensure that your loved one gets the treatment that they need and to treat the addiction before it spirals further. We also offer urgent admissions.