Often those who are involved with drug abuse do not seek treatment. A person with an addiction will usually get help only when something happens that forces him or her to make major lifestyle changes.
Drug abuse can be dangerous in many ways, possibly leading to overdose, permanent health problems, or injury of the addicted person or a loved one. In some cases the addict may cause an accident on the road or at work, causing death or severe injury to others.
Due to the potential for harm, an intervention is a good idea for a loved one who refuses to get treatment for drug abuse. One family member or friend pleading with the individual to get help is usually not enough.
It takes the efforts of a group of concerned people to get the point across and to have a major impact on the addict’s perceptions of his or her drug usage. The interventionist is a professional substance abuse counselor who is trained to guide families through the process of confronting the addicted person.
When the meeting is scheduled, loved ones will usually have a treatment center chosen with space available for the individual to get treatment. In Massachusetts, there are several reputable drug abuse and addiction treatment centers that can help with detox and recovery after the intervention has occurred.
It is important to remember that although the addict may have few choices, treatment is a better choice than self-destruction or destroying the lives of others. The confrontation is not planned out of hatred or anger. It is done out of concern and love for the individual and others who are close to the addict.
If there are children in the home or a spouse is who on the verge of giving up, it is better to confront the drug user than to let the cycle of addiction take its course. It is also far better than letting the individual self-destruct or possibly overdose.
Planning a meeting to confront a drug user, with the aid of an interventionist, is much better than trying to organize such a meeting without professional help. The interventionist is skilled in knowing what to say, in reinforcing the thoughts and feelings of loved ones in the room, and in explaining the need for the meeting and for treatment. He or she can also answer any questions the addicted person may have about treatment.
Putting off treatment for a month, week, or even a day can make a difference in the quality of an addict’s life. It is never a bad time if the person has a severe habit and many loved ones are concerned.
Treatment can help the individual live a drug free life, help mend broken relationships, and can help families stay together when they might otherwise be torn apart. There are several facilities in Massachusetts that will provide management of detox, individual and group counseling, and even family counseling to help others cope.
When an intervention is planned, the addict usually has no idea of such a meeting in advance. It may seem like the individual is being deceived but if he or she knows about the meeting in advance there is an opportunity to avoid the confrontation altogether. The purpose of the intervention is to show the individual how badly he or she needs treatment, how much everyone cares, and that there is hope in the form of effective substance abuse treatment.