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Find Addiction Treatment for Your Loved Ones with Narconon: Performing an Intervention

Living with a family member suffering from addiction can be difficult and frustrating. When everyone in the family can see the problem except for the drug addict or alcoholic, life can be miserable and upsetting. But there is no reason to give up hope. Getting that person into effective drug treatment can sometimes be a challenge, but it can be overcome to great results. Narconon can help! We offer a full range of family consultation and intervention services. Our addiction counselors and qualified admissions staff are specially trained to help lead you and your family through the entire rehabilitation process – from intervention to treatment to success!

Five Reasons Why An Intervention Could Fail:

 1. Not Using a Professional:

The reality is that most family members are not accustomed to confronting and addressing problems easily amongst themselves.  They may carry guilt from the past, bring up unresolved and unrelated issues and the whole state of affairs may turn into a shouting match which results in nothing but pain for everyone.  Interventions can get so ugly that the exact opposite effect occurs, that the addict refuses help and swears off his family and delves deeper into his own self-destruction.

Many drug rehab programs have staff trained to facilitate an intervention, or can refer you to one.  These specialists guide the intervention towards the ultimate goal, which is to get your loved one to a drug rehab treatment center.  They bring an impartial opinion to what is bound to be an emotional and trying situation for those involved and are able to see things far in advance and can lead the way towards victory.

2. Not Setting a Goal:

In the long run, you want your loved one to check into a treatment center.  Rehab is the only option if you are even considering an intervention, not letting him do it on his own.  Do not lose focus on this once the intervention starts and make sure that all involved are willing to do what it takes to achieve this result.  Sometimes the addict will shift blame to other family members and try to take on the role of a victim.  This can be a powerful tool of manipulation as there may be truth or guilt connected to it.  If this happens, family members may start to negotiate with the addict or second guess themselves. This will have disastrous effects on the effectiveness of the intervention.
Regardless of what “dirty laundry” may get aired out, the fact of the matter is that the addict is the one that needs help the most and although everyone may have problems in life, the addict is the one who the focus must be on during the intervention.  He may do or say terrible and hurtful things to try to get out of the intervention and back to getting high, but that must not happen.

3. The Family Not Being United:

Involve all members of the family in the intervention development, providing they are there to help.  Ensure that everyone who will be present is in agreement with the ultimate goal of getting the addict into a recovery program.  If one family member is not on board, he may secretly tell the addict about the intervention in advance or even take sides with the addict which will weaken the argument for treatment and set it up for failure.  If the family members doing the intervention are angry towards each other, the addict can turn the entire meeting into a circus of finger-pointing in order to flee the situation.

There must always be an ultimatum which is: “Drug Rehab Treatment or Nothing.”  This can be difficult for a mother who doesn’t want to “see her baby on the street” or a father who knows his son or daughter “can’t survive on their own”.  If the addict knows that the parents will cut him off but the grandparents will ALWAYS take him in no matter what, the leverage is lost.  If all family members have the exact same goal and stick together, the more likely the intervention will be a success.  After all, the idea is to HELP the addict, right?  Enabling someone to continue their lifestyle of self-destruction is hardly help but a silent condoning of it.

4. Not Having an Immediate Plan of Action:

Prior to the intervention, make sure you have a plan of action that will actually get your loved one to a drug rehab where he can be treated for his addiction.  Often the addict will agree to go to treatment “later” after he “takes care of a few things”.  Offer to take care of those things for him so that it is one less thing to worry about.  He may make excuses as to why he can’t go now; his job is too important or his school is almost done.  In fact, he may convince you that his considerations are valid and it can seem like there really is no way he can go.
However, you must not let that happen.  The odds are against him that he will actually make it to the drug rehab treatment center.  Have a plane ticket, a ride, and an escort ready to get him there within 24 hours after the intervention takes place.  You may be able to stretch this time to 48 hours at the VERY LATEST, but make sure the addict has close supervision the entire time.

5. Not Properly Researching Drug Treatment Facilities:

There are many types of drug rehab treatments out there and it is important to research which one will best help the addict in your life.  Once you have made a decision, get in contact with the drug rehab treatment center and let them know about the intervention and you can often get some great advice.  Have some of their literature on hand during the intervention, so the addict realizes that drug rehab is not prison, but simply a place to change your life.

Every drug rehab program has rules, and rightly so. Learn what they will allow and not allow.  For instance, some programs do not allow cigarette smoking.  If the addict smokes, this program would not be a good choice.  If the intervention is on the right track, having this information immediately available will help speed the process along.

An intervention can seem overwhelming and frightening to the family of an addict and should not be underestimated.  However, it can be successful if the reasons above are resolved and the corresponding steps above are followed.  There is hope in getting your loved one into a type of a drug rehab treatment program that changes their lives forever for the better.


Narconon offers a full range of drug and alcohol intervention and treatment services:

  • Proven Intervention Techniques
  • Inpatient Short-term, Long-term and Outpatient Treatment
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  • Online Consultation

Narconon can also provide you with legal assistance in cases involving alternative sentencing and drug court.

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So if you have a family member with an addiction, don’t wait another minute. Help is available at Narconon. Call or email us today!