Misconceptions about Interventions for Cocaine Users

Friends and family members of a cocaine addict know how much his addiction negatively impacts not only his life, but also the lives of his loved ones. Most would be willing to do anything to help the addict recover and learn to value his mental and physical health and the relationships that used to be a priority in his life.

When no other form of communication has brought the addict closer to committing to recovery, it may be necessary for important people in the addict’s life to hold an intervention. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about drug interventions – from the way they should be handled to what they are meant to accomplish. Understanding the process and goals of an intervention is essential in making it an effective way of communicating honestly but sensitively with a cocaine addict.

What an Intervention Is Not

  • An intervention is not a guilt-trip – There is inevitably a great amount of hurt and anger built up from the way the cocaine addiction has affected everyone present at the intervention, but loved ones shouldn’t take this opportunity to make the addict feel ashamed and unloved.
  • An intervention will not push the addict away or make him less likely to agree to treatment – When people are losing someone they love, it is hard not to worry that the slightest negative sentiment could make him slip even further away from them.
  • An intervention is not improvised – Many people view interventions as a forum to say whatever they feel like saying however they feel like saying it, and that in order to be organic it should not be planned.
  • An intervention is about only the addict – It is easy to get wrapped up in what the addict needs and in overwhelming concern for him. Participants may be too accepting and understanding of his addiction and inadvertently enable it to continue.

What an Intervention Is

  • It is a chance for loved ones to express their hurt in a healthy way – An intervention benefits hurting loved ones as much as the cocaine addict.
  • It will spur him toward recovery and rebuilding relationships – The chances of the addict having healthy relationships and walking into a treatment center on his own are not high. While the initial realization of the way that he’s failed the people he cares about may make an addict angry, the involvement of loved ones will do nothing but reinforce the idea that he needs to seek treatment and reprioritize his life.
  • An intervention is carefully planned – An intervention should be discussed at length ahead of time, preferably with a family mediator who will facilitate healthy communication.

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If your loved one is addicted to cocaine and you want to know how to keep him or her from going any further down this dangerous path, seek guidance from professionals. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline to speak with a trained counselor about an individualized treatment plan that could help your loved one get his or her life back. Please call today.

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