Drug Intervention


Most of us have heard about drug interventions and seen them portrayed on TV with varying levels of accuracy, but many of us are not exactly sure what an intervention really is and how to go about one if we think it is necessary.

An intervention is not something to be taken lightly, as it may have a far-reaching impact on the drug addiction sufferer and their eventual recovery. Interventions need to be properly understood and planned in order to minimize the risks and dangers of getting it wrong.

So what should I do?

Drug intervention is best described by breaking it into three parts as follows:


The most important and first step is to decide if an intervention is necessary and if it is the best way to attack the problem. Everyone will react differently to an intervention, with some embracing it as a lifeline and some seeing it as a personal attack that must be resisted at all costs. If an intervention is done poorly, it can drive a very difficult to remove wedge between a drug addict and those who care enough about them to consider intervening. In particular if a drug addict has a history of violence, it may be necessary to seek professional advice or help before considering an intervention in order for all those concerned to be safe and for the intervention to have a chance of succeeding.


Once you have decided that an intervention is the right thing to do, it must be carefully planned. Interventions that are just thrown together at the last minute without proper preparation have a history of not achieving their goal, which should be to help the addict. Obviously you need to think carefully about where and when an intervention should happen, and who needs to be involved. Careful thinking about what you are going to do and say and even possibly having a dry run before the actual intervention can greatly improve the chances of it succeeding without too much distress for all concerned.


Research is vital if an intervention is to succeed. Firstly you need to find out all you can about the addict’s drug abuse and their lives, and you also need to make sure you understand the drug they are abusing as well as you possibly can. An addict is unlikely to take advice from people who know less about the substance they abuse than they do, and addicts are usually pretty well-informed about the drugs they take, or at least they believe they are. The aim of most interventions is to get an addict to accept treatment, so you need to know all the options available and you must research in advance the treatment centers you think are best, so that the next step after the intervention is laid out and suitable for the addict in question.

You are not alone

Once you know what, when, who, why and how, the intervention should go smoothly and hopefully will lead to a resolution of the addict’s problem, but never forget that it is a difficult process and there is a lot of help available to make sure you get it right the first time, or as many times as are necessary.

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