3 Reasons Not To Try A Drug Intervention By Yourself

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3 Reasons Not To Do A Drug Intervention On Your Own

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The family and loved ones of a person addicted to drugs are likely already aware of the need for treatment, perhaps have even tried it before with little or no success. Maybe the family has looked into treatment programs but is unsure how to proceed because their loved one isn’t willing to enroll. This is when the services of a drug intervention specialist come into play. Drug intervention programs are designed to counsel the family and prepare them for the intervention with a professional drug intervention program tailored specifically to the addicted person.

A drug intervention specialist is trained to handle the situation and understand the problems which arise during an intervention. The subject often makes excuses as to why they can’t go into treatment “right now” while promising to do so in the future when the timing is better. They regularly try to negotiate terms that involve anything other than a treatment facility and do so quite convincingly. Perhaps they will beg for one more chance to quit using on their own.

Drug intervention programs are designed to equip the family to resist the temptation to allow for such explanations, and there are other reasons a specialist is necessary to conduct the intervention.

Offending the Addict

The first thing a drug intervention specialist provides is the outside view of a neutral third party. The subject is going to either be offended or act as such when close family members explain the problems being caused. The professional is trained not to fall for such typical evasive behavior. The fact is, even though the subject relies on the rest of the family for regular support, the addiction itself has likely caused an unbalanced power dynamic which allows them to get their way at the expense of everyone else’s feelings.

Lack of Commitment

A drug intervention program further helps the family by providing support when they might experience a failure to commit to expressing their demands to their loved one. Although the process is generally approached from a more cordial perspective, an intervention is, in fact, an ultimatum.

The intervention won’t work without express consequences for the subject, which take place immediately should treatment be refused. The dynamics of the relationship between a person suffering from addiction and their codependents all too often results in the family members conceding.

It defeats the purpose of the program to allow the subject to take control of the intervention. A professional will work with the family to determine what is expected and then refuse to deviate from those expectations.

Although the intervention specialist can’t force someone to accept treatment, they can encourage the family members to stand their ground and enforce the consequences they declared would happen if drug and alcohol abuse continues.

Failure to Receive Professional Advice

It can’t be emphasized enough how drug intervention programs are conducted by a professional who is experienced in the process of convincing people to accept help. Oftentimes, people with addictions know the exact thing to say to elicit sympathy from each of their family members.

A professional who understands how to properly manage a drug intervention program is a step removed and thus better equipped to handle the situation without prejudice.


A final fourth reason not to conduct an intervention by yourself is to think, “there isn’t an intervention specialist near me.” Perhaps there isn’t, but that doesn’t matter. As a matter of fact, it often works better to remove the subject from familiar local surroundings to conduct recovery away from settings that might trigger a relapse.

Choosing an intervention specialist near you may not be the best choice. The best decision is to do whatever is needed to assure the person you love can get appropriate help and treatment. A well-designed drug intervention program is more likely to succeed and provide long term happiness for both you and the person you love.

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