Tips For a Successful Drug Intervention

Tips For a Successful Drug Intervention

 If someone close to you is struggling with addiction, you shouldn’t wait until they hit rock bottom to try and encourage drug or alcohol treatment. It can be very difficult to speak to your loved ones about a problem and encourage them to get help, especially if you don’t know what to say or have built up negative emotions toward them because of addiction’s impact.You and your loved ones can benefit from professional drug intervention programs in all situations.

What Are Drug Intervention Programs?

Drug intervention programs are led by professionals. Studies indicate that clients who use drug interventionists have a ninety percent success rate of getting their loved ones to accept treatment.

 There are many benefits to using professional drug intervention programs: 

  • A drug intervention specialist is neutral, so they don’t have personal connections to the family members running the drug intervention or the individual it is run for.
  • Drug interventionists understand what types of actions or conversations are effective and what aren’t.
  • You can learn to focus on solutions rather than trying to lay blame or insult other parties.
  • You’ll be prepared that your loved one isn’t excited about getting help and checking themselves into a treatment facility, but you are still doing the right thing by encouraging them. 
  • Drug intervention programs make planning a drug intervention easier but also give you follow-up steps if your loved one doesn’t accept treatment. 

Why Use Drug Interventionists?

Drug interventionists are professionals who can help facilitate your drug intervention. You might not think that you need a drug intervention specialist, but interventions come with a high risk of emotional volatility. It can be difficult for the individual with addiction to clearly see what is happening. There might be name-calling, resentment, crying, and other emotions that can make it difficult to express what is most important: the need to get help. 

You can receive instruction and advice on the following:

  • Who should attend
  • What should be said
  • What shouldn’t be said
  • What you can do to prepare
  • What the follow-up steps are if your loved one accepts or declines treatment

Planning a Drug Intervention

There are several aspects to planning a drug intervention, but when you work with a professional drug intervention specialist, all of these aspects are much easier to manage. 


With drug interventionists, you can get help planning what you want to say. Everyone should spend time before the drug intervention going over what it is they want to say and practicing their speech. 


With drug intervention programs, you can find a safe location in the form of a professional office. By taking your loved one to a separate location, you have a higher chance of placing everyone at ease and ensuring there are simple things like enough space and chairs for everyone in the room and an ambiance that is conducive to relaxation and focus.


When you are planning a intervention, working with a specialist will help you identify who should be in attendance. You don’t want to include every single family member just because they are blood relations, nor do you want people present who you know might antagonize the individual with a substance abuse disorder. You should rule out people with whom that individual doesn’t have a close relationship.

To that end, you might include:

  • Close family members
  • Friends
  • Godparents
  • Teachers
  • Mentors

You want to look for attendees who love and support your family member in need, people who can clearly articulate the way in which substance abuse impacted them and why they want to help find support and drug or alcohol treatment. 


Finally, you need to have a treatment facility in the wings in case your loved one accepts the need for help. In this best-case scenario, having a facility like Water Gap Wellness Center can give your family the reassurance that your loved one will receive evidence-based practice, a range of holistic treatments, and the right combination of medication management services for their needs.

Many clients benefit from having multiple outpatient options available so they can choose something with which they are most comfortable rather than being forced to commit to a single drug or alcohol rehab program. Water Gap Wellness Center offers treatment for multiple mental health disorders, addiction, and co-occurring disorders providing several outpatient levels of care.

Call Water Gap Wellness Center today at (877) 414-3281 to speak with a specialist.

About WGWC

Water Gap Wellness Center offers expert and compassionate treatment for mental health and substance abuse at our Pennsylvania facility, just outside New Jersey, a short drive from New York. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you today. 

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