Drug abuse is a scourge that destroys relationships and contributes to thousands of unnecessary deaths annually. Thus, it is vital for family and friends of drug abusers to use every avenue at their disposal to persuade them to get treatment. One of the more effective ways of helping drug abusers is through a drug intervention. It puts the drug user, family, and friends in an environment moderated by a professional interventionist to discuss substance abuse issues. Some of the reasons a drug intervention may work for you include:
End Enabling Behavior
One of the most significant barriers to drug abusers seeking help for their addictions is their families and friends. Such individuals often engage in actions that enable their loved ones to continue abusing drugs. For instance, family and friends give their loved ones money to buy food and get shelter; however, the person may decide to buy drugs with the money instead. Thus, the family and friends of a drug abuser must stage a drug intervention to stop such enabling behavior. The intervention will allow them to institute rules of engagement whenever they deal with the drug abuser. Consequently, by being on the same page, the family and friends of a drug abuser can proceed to devise ways of helping the person battle their addictions.
Unearth Underlying Issues
Many circumstances hinder drug abusers from seeking treatment and achieving sobriety. For instance, they may be the victims of abuse or dealing with a traumatic experience. Being shunned by family and friends can also push drug abusers to hang out with people encouraging drug use. However, hosting a drug intervention can help bring such issues to light. A drug abuser's family and friends will thus understand their loved one's struggle. On the other hand, the intervention will also allow family and friends to tell the drug abuser their disappointments and expectations in a neutral environment. Thus, a counselor-led drug intervention allows all parties to understand each other's perspectives.
Encourage Drug Users to Seek Treatment
Drug users are often argumentative when asked to seek treatment for their addictions. Such behavior eventually leads to strained relations between drug users and their loved ones. Their refusal to seek treatment also causes emotional distress to family and friends. Thus, it is vital to hold a drug intervention that will help encourage drug abusers to seek treatment. The intervention provides a peaceful environment to discuss treatment options without conflict. Ultimately, an intervention may help convince drug abusers to seek treatment.
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