A DIY Intervention
In a DIY intervention, the family is in charge of the entire conversation, from beginning to end. You might assign one person to be in charge of the talk, and you might ask that person to determine logistics, such as where the talk will be held and in what order people will speak during the intervention. The person you put in charge might also be required to stay in control during the talk, keeping order as things unfold.
A DIY intervention can be appealing because it really is a cost-saver. Consider this: One interventionist who puts his pricing on a website says he charges $2,200-$3,800 for interventions that require travel. That is a great deal of money, and some families may not have that kind of money available. By handling the logistics of the intervention alone, they may be able to use that money to pay for other addiction recovery needs, such as medications, inpatient rehab, or aftercare.
A DIY intervention can also be appealing because it allows the family to dive deep into addiction education. In order to hold the talk in the right way, the family will need to know all about how addictions begin, how they are treated, what works in treatment, and what does not. Without an interventionist to guide the talk, the family will need to learn these lessons alone. Doing so could give that family all sorts of insight into how the addiction is impacting and could impact the person they love. Since you will be responsible for the talk, you might be compelled to learn more than you would if someone else were running the show.
But, without an interventionist, you might miss some of the subtleties of the addiction process. For example, a study of 90 students published in the International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences found that most students had a good amount of knowledge about what drug addiction is and how it works – but these were medical students. You might not know as much as they do. Can you speak to:
- How drugs of abuse change the chemistry of the brain?
- How long addiction rehab takes?
- How addiction rehab works?
- Common relapse rates for addiction?
If you cannot, you might miss out on key information that could push the person you love into a qualified treatment program. And that could spell disaster.
Similarly, without a professional to help you run the intervention, you will not have a buffer to help you if the person you are talking to gets offended by the talk. People with addictions often do get offended, and their drug abuse can color the way they react when they are offended. For example, in a study published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, researchers found that teens who abuse drugs have a poor awareness of others. Often, they make decisions that could harm others, and they do not stop to think about how their actions could be harmful. Someone like this could lash out in an intervention without thinking twice, and that could really hurt your feelings.