Misconceptions about Interventions for Amphetamine Users

Misconceptions about Interventions for Amphetamine UsersThe media has presented interventions as emotionally charged, high drama confrontations that result in shouting, foul language, crying and even violence. However, most interventions are much different than that. In general, an intervention is a meeting that takes place between an addict and the people who love him or her. During that meeting, the addict is presented with the facts of his or her addiction, the impact of the addiction on loved ones and the ultimatum to go into treatment or face severe consequences.

Steps commonly involved in an amphetamine addiction intervention include the following:

  • Deciding to act: The family and loved ones should talk to a trained interventionist (also called a mediator) about setting up and participating in the intervention. An interventionist helps families and loved ones prepare for the most successful intervention possible. He or she is also present during the intervention to guide the process and diffuse any potentially volatile situations. An interventionist can moderate more successfully because he or she is not emotionally involved.
  • Inviting other family and friends to participate: The group must determine when and where the intervention will take place. The group should also talk about how to present the facts of their loved one’s amphetamine addiction.
  • Talking about consequences:  The group must determine what will happen if their loved one refuses treatment. This may include asking him or her to move out, choosing to distance themselves from the person or removing children from the home.
  • Writing a letter: Each person involved in the intervention should write a letter that talks about instances when the loved one’s amphetamine addiction caused painful emotional, financial or physical consequences.
  • Meeting with the amphetamine addict: The amphetamine addict should be asked to a neutral location. Each person at the meeting shares his or her letter. The addict is then given two options: enter treatment or face consequences.
  • Following through: If the addict refuses treatment, the addict’s loved ones should let the consequences unfold. If he or she agrees to treatment, then the addict’s loved ones must provide the help and support they promised.

Each of these steps prepares family members and friends with the information and support they need to confront the amphetamine addict. This preparation can also be crucial in creating a positive atmosphere for the intervention.

Does an Intervention Have to Be Confrontational?

Contrary to what television shows or movies portray, an amphetamine intervention does not have to be fraught with shouting, violence and dramatic endings. Each intervention is different, based not only on how friends and family members behave, but also on the addict’s response. Many interventions occur without a thrown punch, loud word or a cliffhanger conclusion. The goal is to show the addict why treatment is critical, but high drama antics are not necessary.

Getting Help for a Loved One’s Addiction

If a friend or family member is struggling with an amphetamine addiction, seek help immediately. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to talk with one of our addiction recovery specialists. We can provide information about the addiction treatment options available to your loved one and give you the support you need as you encourage your loved one to get help. You don’t have to walk through this alone, so call us today.