In any kind of addict intervention, there are many different forces that are applied to each substance abuser that lead them into their addiction.
The true goal of an intervention should be:
“To remove any system or things that is allowing a substance abuser to avoid uncomfortable feelings and situations, and provide a recovery plan that holds them accountable and responsible and helps them face uncomfortable life situations in a healthy manner on their own.”
Wonder why drugs, alcohol, or substance abuse isn’t mentioned anywhere in that sentence? That’s because often, the substance that the addict is abusing isn’t really the problem. Turns out the issue is much deeper than that, and it’s led the abuser to the drugs, alcohol or abusive substance, not the other way around.
Let’s say that the addict in question is a 26-year-old man who grew up in an abusive household. He had an uncle who lived nearby who shared an inappropriate relationship with the man, and now he’s haunted by what was done to him in his youth. He turns to the medicine cabinet and starts abusing Vicodin to try to burn the memories out of his head, but it doesn’t help so he goes to alcohol, then harder drugs. Eventually, he turns to heroin, and that’s when the family decides to get him drug intervention help. In the process, he gets the drugs out of his system, but soon after the intervention service he relapses, and goes back to the heroin. Why?
The drug use was a symptom of the real problem: the inappropriate relationship between him and his uncle. By taking away his method of coping with the issue, the man has nothing to do but think about it. He can’t escape using the methods given to him, so he goes back to what he knows works — heroin.
What we do is treat the problem from the beginning through an intervention for addiction. We want the addict to have the tools they need to confront their issue head on, and not hide away from it using their substance of choice. No, our goal is to make sure that when they leave, we want them to face life as it comes, even if it’s full of pain and misery. We want them to have what they need to cope with those problems and stressors in a natural and normal way, instead of abusing drugs, alcohol or another substance. By going down this path, we feel the addict will be better off long term, and less likely to relapse.