As a parent, it can be emotionally painful and challenging to have an adult child who is suffering from drug addiction. Many parents may not know what steps to take to ensure that their son or daughter receives the professional help that they need to recover from their substance abuse. One of the most effective ways to help your adult child is to enroll them in a drug rehab program.
The adult child must first agree and be willing to participate in the drug rehab program to ensure that the treatment is successful. You’ll need to stage an intervention to help them understand the severity of the situation and how they’re putting their health at risk. If you’re ready to stage an intervention, there are a few main steps to take as the parent.
Create an Intervention Group
It’s important to have a strong support system with you when you plan your intervention to ensure that multiple people can help. The individuals who are in the meeting should be people that your adult child trusts and has known for a significant amount of time, which can include a relative, friend, or spouse. Meet in advance with each person to ensure that everyone is on the same page about what will be communicated during the intervention.
Discuss what each person will say and determine the meeting location and time. Find a private, informal spot to meet without allowing your child to feel too comfortable in the setting. Avoid meeting in the family home where they can retreat to another room, but consider hosting the intervention in a neutral setting, which may include a therapist’s office or a friend’s home. Select a time that is early enough to allow the intervention to run late because it can take time to talk to the individual and discuss treatment options that are available.
It’s normal to feel nervous in the days and weeks leading up because you may not know how your child will react. Rehearsing what you plan to say will make it easier to feel prepared and calm. Knowing what you plan to say can make it easier to communicate your feelings and avoid becoming too emotional. Each person who plans to attend the intervention should stick to the script to avoid surprises, which can cause everyone to feel uncomfortable. You can consider consulting an intervention specialist to become educated on the right words to say and verbiage that should be avoided. Avoid acting accusatory and communicate your love as a parent to ensure that the individual feels safe.
Overall, what you say should demonstrate the problem and address long-term solutions that are available, which includes entering a drug rehab facility. Interventions can help families roleplay and stick to the script while using open body language. Avoid crossing your arms or legs during the meeting. Maintain eye contact and lean in for emphasis while turning your shoulders towards the person that you’re speaking to during the talk, which will show that you care. Consider meeting several times in advance to rehearse with the other participants. Only those who are able to commit to the rehearsals should be allowed to attend the intervention to ensure that they’re prepared. Remember to avoid fighting fire with fire and keep in mind that the emotions of your child can often be heightened due to the drugs that they’re using.
Create a Backup Plan
It’s important to understand that the intervention may not be successful or go according to plan. Creating a backup plan is essential to ensure that you’re prepared for the worst. Those who have addictions often react or respond in unexpected ways, which can include screaming, storming out of the room, and crying hysterically. Creating backup plans with the help of a professional can allow you to know what steps to take when the unexpected occurs. Remind yourself and the other people in the room that you’ll get through this together while remaining flexible with the person that you’re talking to during the intervention.
Backup plans that you may need to create include giving the individual time to react or even calling in a professional to assist. You may also need to plan a second intervention if the first one is unsuccessful. Each individual is different on how they’re convinced to enter a treatment program. Some people agree to get professional help after the first intervention while other people require multiple talks. If you’re ready to get started, contact us today at 770-299-1677. Our counselors are available 24/7.