What does an Intervention Accomplish?
Being addicted to drugs or alcohol has the ability to make the user behave in extremely irrational ways. One thing that is very common among addicts and alcoholics is they are usually in some state of denial about how bad their problem really is. This denial affects not only their ability to see how their drug and/or alcohol use is effecting them but also how it is impacting those around them. This can be exceedingly difficult for loved ones. Watching a loved one destroy their life by abusing substances can leave family members feeling hopeless. This is where an intervention comes into play. It is important not to attack the individual who suffers from the addiction, instead you want to express how your loved one’s addiction has affected you and that you want them to seek treatment. Doing this as a group and using a professional interventionist is the most successful way to conduct an intervention. Addiction negatively impacts the family as a whole, the interventionist is there to keep the intervention on the right track and acts as an unbiased third party. When confronting a loved one about their addictions, emotions often run high, this can be detrimental to the intervention process because the addict can feel like they are being attacked and even a well intention intervention can make matters exponentially worse. Have you tried to get your loved to get help and they wouldn’t? Has a loved one’s addiction strained family relations? If so, it may be time to hold an intervention. Call us today at (703) 239-7067 and let’s work together to help your loved one!
Planning an Intervention
Trying to get a loved one into treatment and failing is a terrible feeling. You would do anything to help them escape from the clutches of addiction and have them see how their addiction is effecting everyone around them but when they are under the influence of mind altering substances, they are unable to understand the depths of their addiction. Contacting an interventionist may be the best option for you. The interventionist is going to help plan and execute the intervention. The first thing to planning the intervention will be deciding who is going to be a part of it, this group should consist of family, loved ones, and close friends of the addict. The next step will be writing a letter that you will read to your loved one at the intervention. The letters should not be confrontational, but instead should contain examples of how your loved one’s addiction has negatively impacted you and how it makes you feel when you see them abusing drugs and/or alcohol. It is important to note that an intervention is not an attack on the addict. Your letter will need to include what type of consequences you will put into play if they refuse to get help. The Interventionist will help you write these letters as well as review them prior to the intervention to maintain a caring and loving atmosphere during the course of the intervention. Before the intervention is held you will need to have a treatment facility lined up and ready so if your loved one accepts help they can leave immediately. Having a suitcase of clothes ready to go is essential so you do not give the addict more time to second guess their choice. Staging the intervention consists of finding a location and a time where everyone can get together and get the addict there as well. During the intervention, each participant will take turns reading their letters, then the addict has to make the choice to get help or not. If you are using a professional interventionist, they will help you with every step. Hopefully the loved one will see how their addiction is hurting those they love and decide to get the help they need.
The Best Time is Now
Addictions to drugs and/or alcohol is a deadly disease, people die from it every day. Don’t wait any longer to stage an intervention for your loved one. There is no reason to put it off, if you are concerned about your family member’s health and well-being, it is time to show your family member that they have a loving and caring family that want their loved one back. Creating an environment of love and concern should be of the upmost importance during an intervention. If the addict feels like they are being attacked, it may push them further away and deeper into addiction. Addicts are usually carrying around large amounts of guilt and shame for their actions, they need the love and support from their families to make it through the hard times. No one wants to grow up to be an addict, it just happens, just like no one wants to get cancer, it just happens. The power of choice is usually taken away from the abuser, sometimes they want to stop but are unable too. The addict is no longer has to ability to choose to get loaded or not, they are powerless and must get loaded in order to function. This is the cycle of addiction. Let us help you and your family and get your loved one into treatment. Staging an intervention as soon as possible has the potential to save their life. To talk to someone about an intervention call now at (703) 239-7067.