February 1, 2013

Staging an Intervention

Have you had conversations with your loved one about their drug or alcohol use only to be brushed off or verbally abused?  Has your loved one’s alcohol or drug use caused problems at work or home or created issues with her health or the law?  If you answered yes to these questions, you may need an intervention to get your loved one to go to treatment.

At an intervention, family and friends, guided by an interventionist, confront the addict with the reality of the ways in which addiction is affecting her life.  This is done in as non-threatening a way as possible, so that the addict can see her behavior for what it is and accept help.  Interventions are common for those who are resistant to the idea of going to treatment.  They can also be useful for those who don’t believe that they can be helped by treatment – that they are too far gone or unworthy of the love, support, and investment treatment requires.

How can you determine whether or not an intervention is appropriate for the one you love?

  • Determine whether or not your loved one knows she has a problem. If she is aware of her problem, she may be willing to go to treatment without an intervention. Speak with her frankly about her situation and see what her thoughts are on recovery.
  • Find a treatment center. The treatment center you will work with may have interventionists on staff or contracted. They will work with you on the specifics of your case and create an intervention plan if one is necessary.
  • Don’t wait. No one considers an intervention when the situation is rainbows and roses. Addicts need immediate help. As soon as you can, schedule the intervention for your loved one and get them into treatment right away. Nothing is gained by delaying.

Belief in God, or a higher power, is not necessary for recovery.

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