An intervention is often the only way a family can get help for a loved one struggling with addiction. Often families are reluctant to intervene, feeling that it may make the situation worse. The truth is, that with the help of a trained professional, an intervention may be the only way to save a person from the grips of an addiction.
A professional interventionist will have experience, training, and an emotional detachment from the family, which is important for planning and conducting a successful, structured intervention. If handled by a third-party professional, an intervention can be a respectful and loving process.
Before deciding which company you are doing to use, consult with two or three companies. It’s important that you find the right interventionist who will be able to connect best with both the addict and your entire family. Speak at length with more than one company, and also consider the type of person you believe the addict is likely to respond to best. A 20-year-old man who has always had issues with his father will probably not respond well if the interventionist is a 50-year-old man (of similar age to his father).
Prior to the intervention, research different inpatient programs. The interventionist will often be able to provide good recommendations. Once the best treatment option is decided, the program should be reserved for intake immediately after the intervention. That way once the addict accepts the help being offered, you can get them into a program right away without having to wait to have to find one.
It is important and more convincing for a family to present a united front when staging an intervention. The intervention is usually a two-day process; the first day is for the family to prepare, and the second day is when the actual intervention takes place, with the struggling addict and entire family present. The first day, the interventionist will go through the whole process with the family. This can also be an invaluable experience for any family members who would have undoubtedly been affected by living and coping with an addict.
As part of the intervention, the family will be asked to come up with ‘bottom lines’. These are consequences the addict will face if he or she does not accept the help being offered. Sometimes the addict will not accept the help immediately. In this situation, although it may be hard, all the family members must stick to the bottom lines they presented at the intervention. In most cases, if family members do this and the addict understands that the consequences are serious, the addict will agree to go to treatment within a couple of days.
Families and loved ones are often just too emotionally drained and negatively affected from dealing with the struggling addict to successfully intervene with a positive outcome. Often individual family members would have already tried to talk about the problem with no progress, so a group effort without a professional third-party present will likely end with the same unsatisfactory result.
Once the family has the courage to decide that an intervention is required, the best time to do it is as soon as possible. There is never any benefit in delaying. Addiction is a progressive disease. The consequences for the person struggling could quickly advance and be catastrophic.
The intervention is far more likely to have a successful outcome if all key family members and loved ones are involved. This united front will help the addict realize the severity of the situation while not allowing him or her to convince any absent family members that there is not really a problem.
Once the addict agrees to accept the help being offered, it is so important to immediately go into treatment. If there is a delay between the intervention and treatment, it gives the addict an opportunity to change his or her mind, continue drug and/or alcohol use, and sometimes completely disconnect from the family.
Interventions are often very difficult for all parties involved. Therefore, it is easy to postpone or choose not to intervene at all because of the false hope that the situation may improve on its own. It is important to remember that interventions offer help to a person who is in desperate need. Interventions will often save lives.
Interventions save lives. If you are concerned about a family member or loved one who is not open to seeking help, then you should contact a professional intervention service. Do not wait for rock bottom. With addiction, rock bottom can be death.
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