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Drug and Alcohol Intervention

Usually the first step in any drug or alcohol rehabilitation is to schedule a family intervention. Let it be known that, in the collective world history of drug and alcohol abuse, there has never been an "easy" intervention. The very nature of it is difficult, and the sensitivity of such a subject is sometimes the reason why families delay this event or avoid it altogether. In the long run, though, it is absolutely necessary for rehabilitation.

Scheduling a drug or alcohol intervention for a young adult can seem like an impossible task. You need to round up family and peers, inform them of your loved one's addiction, and get their unwavering support during the addict's lengthy and difficult recovery. Then there's the intervention itself. How do you go about even approaching the subject without a rejection from the young abuser?

The first step is to schedule a pre-intervention. The actual intervention must go off as fluidly as possible (and that's a relative term). Some participants will actually be speaking to the abuser, and others will probably be there just for presence and emotional support. Everyone must meet ahead of time so that they know who is going to say what. The more planning and understanding between those intervening, the better.

The whole point of drug and alcohol intervention is to get the abuser to admit that he or she has a problem, and needs professional help. The intervention is, therefore, just the beginning step, but an essential one nonetheless. Another part of the pre-planning is what to do next, assuming the intervention is a success. You must have a facility in mind which will appeal to your loved one. They might view their rehabilitation facility as jail, so it is essential that you pick a place which will offer some kind of positive reflection.

Family Intervention

During a family intervention, other friends and peers are usually invited as well. The point is to get your loved one to admit that he or she has a substance abuse problem, and to willingly ask for help. It is this willingness to right what has been wronged that stands at the root of the intervention; rehabilitation must be self-motivated as well as externally reinforced.

A main goal of the family intervention is to get the drug abuser or alcoholic to want professional help. The abuser might try to take the easy way out by saying, "I can stop--I won't do this any more--thanks for telling me--I understand." In almost all cases, however, drug abuse is simply too difficult to self-correct.

If you realize that someone you love has a drug problem, don't put off having a family intervention any longer. Realize that no time is a good time, so do it as soon as possible. You must understand that you have to ask tough questions, and you cannot relent regardless of how difficult confronting the issues might be. If the abuser agrees to get help, it would be wise to have all the arrangements made prior to the family intervention. Investigate rehabilitation facilities and treatment programs to find one that will be most effective for a young adult.

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