Staging a Cocaine Abuse Intervention (And Getting Your Loved One into Treatment)
Staging an intervention isn’t an easy task, but it will often make it much easier for you and your loved one to come to an agreement on their need for cocaine addiction treatment. Call 800-736-5356(Who Answers?) now for intervention advice as well as to learn about the possible options for your loved one’s professional rehab program.
Hire a Professional Interventionist
According to the University of North Texas Collegiate Recovery Program, a professional interventionist, drug counselor, or doctor can discuss the intervention with you beforehand as well as attend the meeting when the time comes. Hiring someone to do this will make the entire intervention much smoother as well as add a number of benefits that will make the process easier for you.
- The professional interventionist will be able to give you advice on what to say, whom should be invited, how you should plan the meeting itself, etc. before anything even takes place.
- They can also keep the dialogue on track and help everyone who attends to avoid saying incendiary things.
- They will allow your loved one to realize how serious the intervention is because you have hired a professional.
- Unlike you and the other people who are attending, they will have dealt with addicts before and will not be taken in by certain things your loved one may say or do to try to get out of treatment.
Invite Other People
It is important to invite somewhere between four and six people to the intervention who know your friend or family member well and whom your loved one looks up to or respects. These people should also
- Write down what they want to say before the intervention.
- Be comfortable with the idea of discussing your loved one’s addiction without getting emotional.
- Remember that the purpose of the meeting is to get your loved one into treatment, not to ask for restitution for things they did in the past.
- Be reliable, so you know they will show up to the intervention, be on time, and say what they have promised to say.
Choose a Safe Space
It will be a hard thing for your loved one to hear when you begin telling them that they need addiction treatment. Therefore, it can be very helpful to have the intervention in a safe space like your home, a friend’s house, or somewhere else they will feel comfortable. This can also help avoid the possibility that they will get very upset or want to storm out.
Remember, the goal of your intervention is to ensure that your friend or family member makes the decision to seek treatment so they can put an end to their substance abuse.
Find Treatment First
It is important that, before you actually have the intervention, you find a treatment option for your loved one, one you can present them with at the meeting itself. As stated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Family and friends can play critical roles in motivating individuals with drug problems to enter and stay in treatment,” and by finding treatment first, you can ensure that your loved one makes this commitment immediately after their intervention.