The Importance of Holding an Intervention for Cocaine Use

Cocaine addiction is a serious disease, but addicts do not always recognize their need for help. Family members and friends may need to intervene not only to get their loved one clean, but also to save her life.

Reasons to Hold an Intervention

There are a number of reasons to hold an intervention for a cocaine addict including the following:

  • Cocaine addiction is a progressive disease. The body continues to adapt to the drug and users eventually need larger and larger amounts to feel the same effects. Eventually the body adapts so much that users need cocaine to feel normal and avoid withdrawal symptoms. As dosages escalate, so do negative effects and the risk of overdose.
  • The consequences of cocaine addiction can be extensive and far-reaching. Addiction affects not only the addicts, but also their families, friends, co-workers, neighbors and society at large. The effects of cocaine addiction can be physical, emotional, relational, financial and legal. Cocaine addiction can set in place a cycle of events that lasts for generations.
  • People continue using cocaine either because it is rewarding to them or because they are afraid to quit. When users lack the internal motivation to change, external motivation (i.e. motivation from others) can make all the difference. An intervention may include discussing consequences if an addict refuses to quit. This may help users overcome ambivalence.
  • Drug addiction affects areas of the brain associated with memory and reasoning. Because of this, even users who experience severe problems from cocaine use may fail to recall the negative effects. A well executed intervention can help addicts connect their drug use to the undesirable results.

For those reasons an intervention may be immediately necessary.

How to Plan an Intervention

You should thoroughly plan an intervention and rehearse it before it happens. A professional interventionist can help the process run smoothly, but it is also possible for family members and friends to hold an intervention on their own. Remain focused on the goal of getting the addict into treatment; do not let the intervention become a time to express anger and frustration as this can be counterproductive. Make arrangements in advance with a rehab center, so that if the addict agrees to treatment, he can leave as soon as the intervention ends.

Help Planning an Intervention for a Cocaine Addict

If you have questions about holding an intervention, or if you would like to discuss treatment options for a loved one, we can help. The counselors who staff our toll-free helpline can answer your questions and even check your insurance coverage if you wish at no cost or obligation. The helpline is staffed 24 hours a day, so there is never a wrong time to call. We can help you help a loved one, so call today.

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