Getting Your Friend Into Addiction Treatment
How can you help get your friend to commit to the professional addiction treatment program that he or she so clearly needs? As previously mentioned, sitting down in a safe, one-on-one environment and having a heart-to-heart is often effective. Again, if you do attempt this, make sure that your friend is not on any mood or mind altering substances. It is also a good idea to ask a professional addiction counselor or licensed therapist how to go about having this conversation. Next, find some viable treatment options yourself and present them to your friend. This is generally only effective if your friend understands that he or she has a problem and is in need of help, and is at least somewhat willing to seek the help he or she needs. If you believe the subject might still be a little too touchy, the best step to take is staging a professional intervention.
Staging a Professional Intervention
A professional intervention is always the way to go – attempting to organize and hold your own event (without the guidance of a licensed and extensively experienced interventionist) will almost always backfire. The US National Library of Medicine published an article titled, “Evidence Based Psychosocial Interventions in Substance Use,” which suggests that the most successful interventions are grounded in proven therapeutic practices. At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center, our on-staff interventionists utilize a number of proven techniques to organize the most effective interventions possible. The National Institute on Drug Abuse lists out the principles of effective treatment in a recent study. One of the principles explains that treatment should be readily available. We could not agree more. Our licensed interventionists help develop multi-phased treatment plans for any individual who is in need of treatment, regardless of their current financial situation or personal background.