Todd Lange asked:
It is really a big task for an addict to come out successfully of an addiction treatment program, but to bring the addict to the addiction treatment center is even tougher. Most addicts deny that they are addicts and hence it becomes difficult for their friends and family members to bring them to suitable treatment programs. In every state in America, the rate of denial among addicts is quite high; about 90% of the addicts refuse to believe that they are addicts. That is the reason why the success rate of such addiction treatment is low. Most people who are with an addiction don’t think that they need to undergo such addiction treatments.
If someone you know is with a chemical dependency and you want to bring them to an addiction treatment center, then you will need to plan out an intervention program for them. The intervention program allows you to give moral support to the addicts and encourage them to enter a suitable mode of treatment. These programs are the best guides for addicts who are in the denial phase of their addiction. You can plan such a program with the help of other family members and some friends.
If you are organizing any such intervention program, then it is better to call an intervention specialist to guide you. This specialist will guide you properly about the steps involved in the addiction treatment. This specialist will also motivate the group by giving examples of people who have successfully undergone these treatments and living their lives happily without any addiction. With the help of the intervention specialist, you can make your intervention program more effective. Thus you will be able to motivate the addict for joining the addiction treatment program.
This is how a typical intervention specialist will help the group.
1. The intervention specialist will ask you to form a group of people, especially the family, who are willing to help the patient join addiction treatment. The family members are more willing to give support to the patient and thus it becomes easy for the addict to take a decision. Try to include close friends and neighbors of the addicted person into this group. It is also better to involve the employer of the addicted person in case he or she is working under someone. They can assure the affected person about some incentive in case they can come out of their addiction. You can even call your religious leader so that the person feels comfortable. Try to make this group short, maybe you can involve just four or five people into this group. If you will gather more people, then it might become troublesome, as the addict might feel disoriented.
2. After forming the group, you will need to inform the interventionist about it. It is better to decide the goal of this group beforehand. Your group can either have a goal of just motivating the addict to join the addiction treatment center or helping him or her until complete recovery. It is better to note down the role of each person from the group. The intervention program is a serious activity and each group member should know this. You are doing a great job of making the addict accept his or her illness.
3. The next step after deciding the goals of the intervention program and the role of each member of the group is getting guidance from the interventionist. The interventionist will guide you about the various ways in which you all can motivate the addict. You will be needed to prepare a speech, which you will read in front of the addict to motivate him or her. In this speech you will need to tell the addict about your love for them, also about the fact that the addiction treatment program is not difficult and also about the incentives that he or she will get if with an addiction program. All the group members will prepare their own speech, which will be unique and motivating.
4. Once you are through with writing the speech, the interventionist will check them and make them more effective. If you get any suggestions, do add them in your speech. You and your group members will be asked to rehearse the speech, so as to make it more meaningful and not mere dialogues. You will need to say the lines with correct emotions and your love for the addict should become visible too.
5. After all this, you will decide a day to meet the addict and you will speak with him or her either individually or in a group. If this is done well, there is a great chance that the addict will join the addiction treatment program.
Don’t expect that the addict will immediately get motivated and join the addiction treatment. There are chances that your first attempt might go wasted. Be ready for the next meeting too. With patience and persistence you will surely succeed in motivating the addict.