Drug intervention or addiction specialist deals with these issues as a career and a passion. Helping those suffering from addiction is what they care about most. They’re trained professionals and are often included within the title of social worker, drug abuse counselor, psychologist, and psychiatrist. All of these professionals have the information and skills necessary to assist your loved one to the road to recovery.
You can absolutely conduct an drug intervention without an interventionist, but when you know that the situation is bad enough and your loved one is facing potential hospital time or other serious injuries incurred from their addiction, then a professional can help matters. Sometimes, the drug intervention will occur at the interventionists’ office or work space, or they can sometimes leave their offices to come to your home depending on how your intervention is planned. They can help you stay on track while the intervention is being conducted, so that you hit all the points you’re trying to and not allow raw emotion to cloud your judgment.
These professionals are especially helpful if your loved one is suffering from the following:
You know that your loved one isn’t a violent person, but drugs have made them intolerant of hearing anything from anybody. Their mind may be focused on the next fix, or they may be in the early stages of withdrawal if they are unable to acquire their vice. Under these circumstances, they can have violent outbursts.
Prior to the intervention, if your loved one has any mental illness or disorder, there’s no help coming from the drugs or alcohol in their system. It can make them horribly irrational, and even lash out verbally, or violently, as stated above. Trained professionals like our substance abuse interventionist will know how to deal with this in a safe and effective manner.
If your loved one has ever been known to have serious thoughts of suicide or has attempted suicide in the past, a professional can help in advising how the intervention should go and maintain a positive air of wordplay to refrain the user from reverting back to those thought processes.
While an interventionist isn’t going to be able to cure your loved one with a magic wand, they can help in a successful intervention. In many cases, a friend or sibling will commit their loved one against their will at a certain point, and the user will then hate that person for it. This will pass; their mind and body are under an influence grater than any words can rival. It is the right thing to do; their lives are on a downhill path, and if an intervention doesn’t work and they are committed, you have done the right thing. You have potentially saved their life.
If your loved one with an addiction is displaying suicidal tendencies, you cannot wait another minute to get them help.
They Are Responding Positively – Now What Do I Do?
You may have been expecting the worst, and nobody can blame you. If you’ve done your research, then you know the horror stories about failed interventions and what they pertain to. Still, you’ve done it, and they’re standing there and listening to you. They’re even being responsive. What do you do now?
Listening and agreeing are two totally different things. You’re not to agree with their points, but push your own in a delicate manner. When they tell you that they have it under control, or that they know what they’re doing, let them know what you see. They’re talking to you; it’s more than you’ve achieved before. They will want to speak, and try to reason with themselves. The more they do this and listen to themselves, the more sense your points may make to them.
Don’t Allow Them to Coerce You
Some say that the mind of an addict is the smartest potential that the human mind can achieve. In severe cases, they will try anything and everything to achieve their vice, or fix. Under these circumstances, they may be going along with you just to gain your trust, and possibly convince you that they have everything fully under control. Even if it is under control, it is still not a healthy or safe practice to be addicted to anything. Don’t let them fool you if everything seems like it’s going far too well with little to no struggle.