The What, How, and Why of Drug Interventions: What You Need to Know!

The What, How, and Why of Drug Interventions: What You Need to Know! 1

“I was more addicted to self destruction then to the drugs themselves … something very romantic about it” – Gerard Way

What You Need to Know About Drug Addiction Interventions

Most have all seen the show Intervention. In reality, interventions can be as varied as the people involved, and many people have found interventions to be a successful catalyst to start a friend or loved one’s sobriety. There are many different approaches and styles to an intervention, but the premise is the same:

“In general, a drug intervention is a last-ditch effort for an addict who has consistently refused treatment or fallen off the sobriety wagon. Consequently, most people who undergo interventions are already heavily entrenched in their addictions. But when addicts have strong social support and access to good treatment, they’re more likely to get better. An intervention can serve as a rallying point for a family that is dedicated to helping a loved one achieve wellness.”

Why Do I Need Expert Interventionist Help?

Drug interventions can and do save lives. It is reserved for those who are unwilling to accept help and are spiraling out of control. The method is to create enough peer pressure combined with love and support to force a loved one to get help. This should not be done without professional assistance; it’s way too dangerous to do alone or improperly.

How Drug Interventions Work

Clearly, an intervention is a highly sensitive matter. There is a method that all interventionists follow, regardless of style. The gathering of loved ones to present their case and provide an opportunity for the sick and suffering loved one is best when set up by a professional. Coaching on the proper communication, follow up options, and facilitating the conversation are all parts of the recipe for a successful intervention. This is a team effort on the family’s behalf. All teams need a coach.

“In the case of self-destructive behavior, a peaceful, respectful confrontation is planned and organized in advance by one or more concerned people, usually family or friends, and sometimes with the guidance of a professional interventionist. The concerned individuals present the problem to the person who is behaving in a self-destructive way, discuss the effects and present options for help. The intervening individuals must try to get the person to listen to them and accept whatever help is being offered.”

The Outcome of A Drug Intervention

There are too many variables to ever predict what will happen in an intervention. Ultimately, the final choice to accept help is the person being offered it. A well-staged intervention can merely set the best stage for the intended outcome. The fact that the person being intervened on has refused help prior, which is why the intervention is necessary means that the last part of the process is offering help in the form of an ultimatum. This will not be easy. If the person does not accept the help, the family must let go of the outcome, and the loved one’s fate. This can be terrifying but is always the best response to the worst case scenario. Sometimes, the weight of an intervention needs time to sink in. Some have had to be intervened on more than once in their life before they accepted help and it’s even possible for a person to walk out of the intervention and come back. The family must present a unified compassionate front above all else.

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