An intervention is a group meeting that gathers the friends and family of an individual who has a drug addiction with the goal of getting the user to accept help. Sometimes, an intervention is necessary for patients to fully understand how their drug addiction impacts their friends, family, career, and life.

Prior to the intervention, friends and family work with a trained addiction intervention specialist to develop an objective message where the individual in question does not feel the need to become defensive.

Interventions may:

  • Help patients understand that they do have support from friends and family.
  • Show how friends and family can support the recovery process.
  • Explain the consequences of what friends and family may do if the person does not accept that they need to seek treatment.
  • Demonstrate to the addicted person how their addiction is impacting their relationships with examples and conversations.
  • Include a clear recovery plan for the individual with actionable strategies and goals if they do agree to seek help.
  • Plan transportation to an inpatient or outpatient facility if this is determined to be the best treatment option for the patient.

Interventions are delicate, as the person may not want to accept that they have a drug use problem. Interventions can be a valuable first step in helping a drug user accept help and start their recovery journey.

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