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Staging a Family Intervention

Unless families intervene, most addicts will have no hope of getting the help they need.  Studies show 90% of addicts whose loved ones stage an intervention to get them into a treatment program agree and do enter a treatment facility. The surprising statistic is that less than 5% of families with a loved one who seek information about how to stage an intervention actually follow through. The sad truth is many people in addiction are unable to get help for themselves and unless family members intervene, some will die. So what is the hesitation; why aren’t more families doing what it takes to save their loved ones?

Some families hesitate because they are stuck between hope and fear. Hope that the addict will find a way out of the addiction and fear that confrontation will make things worse. Guilt is another reason many parents do not confront their loved one. They blame themselves for the addiction and falsely believe that it is their fault that their child has become an addict. This leads to enabling behavior that protect the addict from the consequences of their addictive behavior.  The problem with delaying the intervention is that loved ones can suffer more stress as a result of the addiction than the addict themselves. The end result of this enabling behavior that delays confrontation is that sooner than later the addiction will destroy or take the addicts life.

Problems of Delaying Drug Intervention

  1. The addict get to the point where they are so affected by drugs that they less likely to agree to treatment at that time.
  2. Every day the family delays the addict is faced with the opportunity to experience a fatal overdose.
  3. On some drugs such as Methamphetamine addicts may eventually become psychotic.
  4. Families who continue to protect the addict and enable their drug use prevent the addict from reaching the bottom of addiction.  Until they do, they are less likely to be receptive to treatment.
  5. Fear that an intervention will upset the addict enough to drive them away.

What is Intervention?

An intervention is the coming together of family and close friends to persuade an addict in a loving and compassionate way to seek treatment. The benefits inherent in an intervention goes both ways. It offers family and friends the opportunity to express their deep concerns, fears and frustration in a respectful, non-judgmental way.  Most important of all, and the ultimate hope of every intervention, is that the person in addiction agrees to and get help.

Although staging a family intervention is often fraught with apprehension and doubt, it is one of the most important action families can take to help their loved one that is battling addiction.  If you have decided that it is time stage an intervention, here are some essential things to consider that may increase your chances of success.

How to Plan a Successful Intervention

    1. Take time to prepare for the intervention by meeting with family members to decide who will participate.  Be careful not to include anyone who will disrupt the intervention or be disrespectful and aggressive during the event.
    2. Preparation is key to a drug intervention so plan to hold a pre-intervention meeting with participants to discuss the goals and format of the intervention.   Rehearsal will help to intercept anything that may negate the true purpose of the intervention.
    3. Choose a leader. It is important to designate someone to take the lead.  Using a qualified drug intervention specialist is highly recommended to assist in preparing as well as participating in the actual mediation.


  • Select the right time. Trying to talk to someone that is high on drugs may prove futile if they are not able to hear and received of all that is being said.
  • Choose an appropriate venue.  Selecting a neutral location that is private, comfortable and safe.


  1. Be sure to arrange for immediate admission into a treatment center or program if the addict agree to treatment.  Having everything in place such as bags packs, travel arrangements and someone to take the addict directly to the treatment center is critical to the intervention process.
  2. Contact a facility like Augusta Alcohol Treatment Centers that have a drug intervention service. An experienced drug interventionist can provide valuable information or oversee the meeting.  They can also assist with the pre-admission requirements necessary to get your loved one into treatment immediately following the intervention.

The greatest gift a loved one can give to an addict is to stage an intervention and get them into a treatment program as soon as possible. Call Drug Treatment Centers Augusta today at (706) 664 – 2763 and find out how our drug interventionist can help.

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