By Hugh C. McBride
In an ideal situation, a person who is struggling to overcome a drug addiction would realize the harm he is inflicting upon himself and others, and would, of his own free will, decide to enter a treatment program before any irreparable damage occurs.
- First, many addicted individuals don’t need to be confronted with a large group. Instead, they can be convinced to seek help after an “informal intervention,” or a conversation with one or two trusted confidantes.
- Second, if a group conversation is determined to be the best approach, remember that the most effective interventions are calm and supportive, not loud and combative.
- Finally, while ultimatums sometimes do need to be made, most interventions aren’t last chances, and none of them represent a “cure” for the problem of addiction or alcoholism. Instead, an intervention represents the first step in the long walk back to sobriety.