Heroin Intervention in South Carolina
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2011 more than 4.2 million Americans older than the age of 12 used heroin. Of that group of individuals, it is reported that approximately 23% became dependent on it. For an individual who has never struggled with an addiction, or for an individual who was never had family members struggle with an addiction, these numbers are just that, numbers. However, for those of us who have fought heroin addiction, and for those of us who currently have friends and family members struggling with this addiction, these numbers are very personal. We realize that for every single person out there fighting addiction, there are friends and family members who are trying to do whatever they can to help them beat their addiction.
How Programs for Interventions Work
The purpose of a drug intervention is to help loved ones understand the negative effects that their drug addiction is having on us as their family or as their friends. It also helps them to realize how their drug addiction, and this case heroin, is destroying their own life.
Planning is essential when holding an intervention because an intervention has the possibility of being a highly charged situation. When confronted about their problem, our loved one may react with anger, they may feel resentment, or they may think that we have betrayed them. Therefore, it is wise to plan ahead on how to deal with these situations if they arise during the intervention.
Steps to Consider
Collect information. Collecting information pertaining to the destructive effects our loved one’s addiction has had on themselves and others is essential. An intervention will not be effective if it is just a group of people throwing out accusations in an unorganized way. However, if information is gathered in advance, our loved one can be helped to see why they need to make a change in an organized, methodical way.
Preparing a specific course of action. Obviously, the purpose of the intervention is to move our loved ones to act. We want our loved ones to take steps to break free from their addiction. So during the course of the intervention, we must lay out clear steps that we expect our loved one to follow. We may lay out a specific treatment plan that we have already arranged. And finally, we will have to let our loved one know the specific consequences they will face if they choose not to seek treatment.