The Importance of Holding an Intervention for Marijuana Use

The Importance of Holding an Intervention for Marijuana Use

When you recognize that a loved one is abusing a drug like marijuana, knowing exactly what to do and how to do it can be very difficult. If an addict refuses to admit he or she has a problem, an intervention is often held. Essentially, it is a planned confrontation by family and friends for the benefit of the one suffering from the addiction.

Cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, is a recreational drug that is controversially illegal in the United States. Many believe it to be useful in the medical world. Others believe it is simply harmless; however, it is possible that around 10 percent of recreational users will become so involved with the drug that it will impair their work and relationships. In these cases, an intervention would be necessary.

Holding an Intervention

When planning the intervention, try to only include people who are important in the user’s life that the user cares about and can relate to. This should be a combination of family and friends. Treatment options and the proper approach should be discussed in a meeting prior to the intervention. This should not be too large of a gathering, or the user might feel he or she is being ganged up on and go on the defensive.

The “spokesperson” of the event should be chosen carefully and should be the person the user most trusts and finds the least threatening. Choose a time of day when the user is less likely to be under the influence of marijuana, and try to hold the intervention in a place that the user feels comfortable. The user’s comfort should indeed be kept as a central thought in the planning process.

Concentrate on love and hope in the intervention and how very powerful it is that a community came together to help the individual with his or her problem. Do not think negatively of the user, but instead focus on and present the potential of recovery. Make conquering the user’s problem a feasible reality.

Make sure each person present is prepared to speak about how the user’s marijuana addiction has affected their lives and what the user means to them. However, they aren’t the only ones allowed to speak. Listen to what the user has to say. Above all, be supportive, loving and respectful.

Where to Go for Help

Holding an intervention for a marijuana user is a necessary step in putting a loved one on the path to recovery, but approaching the situation correctly is paramount. We can help you if you need assistance planning an intervention or even just figuring out if an intervention is necessary. Call our toll-free number; our counselors are standing by 24 hours a day to answer your questions, listen to your concerns and provide helpful and friendly advice in a nonjudgmental environment.