What is the Purpose of an Intervention
Most people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol will be in a state of denial about how bad the problem is. They are usually unable to tell how bad the problem is, how it is effecting them and how it is effecting those around them. This can be extremely difficult for loved ones. You may feel like there is nothing you can do to help get your loved the help he or she needs. This is where an intervention comes into place. The goal of an intervention is to express how your loved one’s addiction has affected you and that you want them to seek help. This is best done in a group setting, with a professional interventionist. Since addiction takes a toll on the family as a whole, the use of an interventionist helps by keeping the intervention on the right track and act as an unbiased third party. Emotions can run high when it comes to confronting someone with addiction. Even the most well intentioned intervention can make matters worse if the family allows their emotion to take over. If you have tried to get a loved one to seek treatment and they have refused, it may be time to stage an intervention. Call us today at (703) 337-3348 and let us help you help your loved one.
How to Plan an Intervention
If you have tried to get a loved one into treatment and failed, you may need to stage an intervention. The use of a professional interventionist is recommended. You can call us at (703) 337-3348 and we can get you in contact with one. The interventionist will help you to plan and execute the intervention. The first thing you will need to decide is who is going to participate in the intervention, this group usually consists of loved ones and close friends of the addict. Next you should write down a letter that you will read to your loved one. This letter should contain examples of how their addiction has negatively affected you and how it makes you feel when you see them using. An intervention is not an attack on the addict. Your letter should also state what type of boundaries you are going to put in place is the addict refuses to go to treatment. These letters should be reviewed with the interventionist prior to the intervention to ensure the atmosphere of love and concern is not disrupted. Next you are going to need to pick a location and a time to stage the intervention. Before the intervention starts, you will need to have a treatment facility already lined up so that if your loved one accepts the help they are able to leave from the intervention and head right to a treatment center. It is important to have a suitcase with clothes ready to go as to not give the addict time to second guess their decision to get help. If you are using a professional interventionist, they will help you with every step. Once everything is in order, you get your loved one to show up where the intervention is being held and hopefully they will decide to get the help they need.
Don’t Wait, Act Now!
Do not wait any longer to get your loved one help. Addiction is a deadly disease; it kills people every day. There is no reason to delay if you are concerned for your family member’s health and well-being, it is time to get them away from the toxic people they hang around with and the harmful environments they frequent. It is imperative that the intervention does not feel like an attack on the addict. An environment of this nature will only help is pushing you loved one further away and further into addiction. You have to display your love and concern at the foremost emotion during an intervention. Addicts usually are already carrying around a lot of guilt and shame for their actions, they need the love and support of family members in order to make it through these tough times. It may be hard to put yourself in their shoes, but if it was you, how would you want to be treated. No one plans to fall into addiction, it just happens. There comes a time when a person looses the power of choice. They are no longer able to choose to get loaded or not, they must get loaded in order to function. This is the terrible cycle of addiction. Allow us to lend a hand to you and your family to help you initiate an intervention. We suggest beginning an intervention as soon as possible because it has the potential to save your loved one’s life. To speak with someone about an intervention, call us today right now at (703) 337-3348.