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Drug Intervention

Drug InterventionDrug addiction is a disease that affects not only those who are addicted, but their family, friends, co-workers, and society at large. It is a progressive disease that worsens over time and can rob Des Moines users of their health, relationships, careers, reputations, and lives. Unfortunately, it is also a disease of denial, in which even those seriously affected do not recognize the extent of their problem. For this reason, family and friends of those who are in the grip of addiction often intervene to help their loved ones face the issue.

An intervention can take various forms. Whether it is large or small, formal or informal, it is wise to plan it out well. Sloppy interventions can sometimes cause addicts in Des Moines to become defensive and may motivate them to isolate themselves further.

Whether or Not to Hire an Interventionist in Des Moines

The first question to answer is whether to hire an interventionist or conduct the intervention with only family members or friends. An interventionist, or intervention specialist, is someone who is trained to confront addicts about their disease and to help them see the need for treatment. There are a number of reasons that it might be best to for Des Moines residents to hire an outside interventionist. These include the following:

  • There are high levels of stress and interpersonal tension that may be increased by a confrontation about addiction.
  • There have been previous unsuccessful attempts to confront the addicted person.
  • All indicated family members and friends have feelings of nervousness and inadequacy about handling the process.
  • The addiction is especially severe or long-lasting.

If, on the other hand, the addict seems to close to accepting treatment and isn’t likely to become excessively defensive or volatile, family members and friends may be able to handle the intervention on their own.

Other Considerations Regarding Planning an Intervention for a Des Moines Resident

One of the other important questions to be answered is where the addiction treatment is to be sought. At the end of the intervention, the addicted individual is asked to make a decision about whether she will enter treatment. The program should already be chosen and be ready to accept the patient. Finding a quality program that meets the client’s needs is very important.

Once these questions have been decided, it’s time to focus on the logistics, such as who will be involved and where the confrontation will be held. Although there is no magic number of participants, many experts recommend keeping the number small (below 10) and inviting only those people who have been affected by the addiction and whose opinions matter to the addict.

Intervention Help for Des Moines Residents

If you are live in Des Moines and are considering an intervention, give us a call. Our trained counselors can answer your questions and help you sort through treatment options. We can also check your insurance coverage, if you wish. Our helpline is operated 24 hours a day and our number is toll-free. You can help your loved one recover and find freedom from addiction. Call now.