Drug charges can result in serious, lifelong consequences if they end with a conviction. Because of this, many families often overlook physical and psychological aspects of addiction while dealing with the legal aspects of a drug problem.
You may have heard of one way to address these issues: an intervention. It is a popular scene in fiction, but interventions are about more than simply a group of people getting together and confronting a user.
There is no single method that will work for everyone when it comes to having an intervention. However, according to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation here are some guidelines you may want to follow or at least take into consideration:
- Try to keep the time around 1 hour, a limit which should give everyone the time to express their feelings with compassion.
- Try to ensure that the people you invite to the intervention are important to the addict.
- Prepare ahead of time by educating yourself and the invitees on the disease of addiction and writing out your statements.
- Keep things positive: Focus on how much you want to see a successful recovery, for example.
Your loved one may already know there is a problem. There may have been attempts in the past to overcome the illness of addiction. There are many options available: counseling, rehabilitation and detoxification, to name a few. Support from family, friends and peers has the potential to be a major source of strength in all of these endeavors.
While you should also definitely take the legal side of any drug issue very seriously, a successful intervention has the potential to make a lasting impact in an addict’s recovery. Like many chronic illnesses, it is unlikely that you will see improvement right away with your loved one’s addiction. However, the memory of the event and the knowledge that people care should provide a lasting source of strength during the harder times of recovery. Please do not view this as any type of advice. It is only meant as general information.