Intervention for Crystal Meth Addiction
When a family member or friend falls privy to a methamphetamine addiction, life can become very narrow. The meth addict puts all priorities that were once of importance and shifts them to the bottom of the priority list. Drug use becomes the primary focus. Family obligations, employment responsibilities, and personal hygiene are compromised. Family members stand to the side and watch, baffled and upset. They want the person they love to come back; their loved one turns into a different person while under the influence of methamphetamine, also known as “crank”, “ice”, “crystal”, and “crystal meth”, among many other street names. A meth intervention can help family members get their loved one back.
Crystal Meth Addicts Can Recover From Addiction
Thankfully, there is hope for crystal meth addicts. Many individuals addicted to crystal meth undergo treatment within a drug rehabilitation center and go on to lead sober, meaningful lives. However, the incredibly powerful nature of crystal meth addiction makes it very unlikely that an addict will seek treatment on his or her own volition. Herein lies the benefit of an intervention.
What is a crystal meth intervention? Family members, friends, and others deeply impacted by the person’s addiction – such as a spouse or coworker – get together and draft up a plan. An intervention is an orchestrated, preplanned group forum in which the addict is approached with an offer to seek treatment. In order to properly prepare for the intervention, all involved parties collaborate on a plan prior to the date of the planned event. They combine forces by reviewing the addict’s personal history, drug use and frequency, and underlying issues – such as depression or bipolar disorder.
Garner the Support of a Professional Interventionist
It is recommended that a professional interventionist enter the equation. It is very valuable to have an unbiased, experience professional guiding the addict’s family members and friends through the planning process. An interventionist also offers value in that he or she has gone through an intervention many times prior; thus he or she knows what to expect. An interventionist can help family members to settle into a contented state of mind during the actual day of the intervention. The interventionist will tell family members what phrases to avoid – and when to let comments roll off their backs. For instance, upon being confronted with an intervention, a meth addict may withdraw into an emotional shell and lash out at certain family members. The interventionist will recommend to family members that if such behavior should occur, family members should avoid responding. Reacting to the addict’s probes and coercion will only breed contempt, and derail the intervention’s focus.