Watching someone you love struggle with addiction is painful. Although there is nothing you can do to force someone into sobriety, holding an intervention can increase an addict’s motivation to get help. An intervention is a focused, structured confrontation designed to help the addict recognize her problem and seek help.
Amphetamine users often deny the trouble from their habit, but you can open your loved one’s eyes by joining forces with others in an intervention. Typical interventions accomplish this through the following means:
- Clearly communicate what destructive behaviors you have all witnessed and the impact they had
- Offer a prearranged treatment plan with steps, goals and guidelines
- Set boundaries for how each person will respond if she refuses treatment
Interventions create opportunities for addicts to see the consequences of their actions and take the first step toward recovery.
When and How to Hold an Intervention
Knowing when to schedule an intervention is almost as important as planning it. It may be time to confront an addiction if you see several of the following signs:
- Rapid weight loss due to amphetamine-related appetite suppression
- Job loss
- Habitual lying
- Sudden drop in grades or job performance
- Doctor shopping to obtain more prescriptions than necessary. This sign is particularly dangerous as it can also have legal consequences.
Organizing and preparing for the intervention will maximize the chance that it will succeed. With this in mind, accomplish the following important tasks before you confront a loved one:
- Choose a neutral meeting place that is free of distractions, like a home
- Research and decide on the treatment option that will best help your loved one
- Outline your action plan for the actual confrontation
- Hold a meeting before the intervention to inform and prepare participants
If you want to succeed with your intervention, clarify the reason for the meeting and provide each person with time to talk. Sometimes it is also helps to enlist support from a treatment professional who can objectively facilitate the dialogue. Professional interventionists can even further prepare families for these difficult meetings.
Help for Addiction
If you or someone you love struggle with amphetamine addiction, you must know that help is available. Recovery counselors are available at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to guide you to wellness. Don’t go it alone when support is just one phone call away. You never have to go back to a life of addiction. Please call today and start your recovery.