Planning for a Bad Intervention

Planning for a Bad InterventionHolding an intervention is always a delicate situation. After all, the act of staging one of these meetings means that someone’s behavior has reached a point to which others think they must step in to avert disaster. An intervention nearly always involves an addict of some sort, whether to drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex or shopping. The mind of an addict does not function normally or rationally, so addicts can be extremely difficult to deal with. Even in the best of circumstances, an intervention has a chance of failure.

Why Hire an Interventionist?

In some cases an intervention may be staged for an addict with a particularly difficult pathology. He may have multiple addictions, mental health issues such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, he may be combative or violent, shrewd and manipulative or he may just be downright mean. In any case, you can predict how the addict will react to the surprise of an intervention; many addicts will, at least initially, feel confronted and become defensive. He may deny the severity or even the existence of his addiction, he may justify his behavior or even blame others for the state of things.

The purpose of an intervention is to break through the wall of denial and to allow the addict to see the damage she caused herself and others. Of course, with especially problematic cases this may seem like a lost cause. However, if you hire an interventionist you can avoid this difficult issue.

The Advantages of Hiring an Interventionist

Any intervention has a greater chance of success if it is staged with an experienced, trained professional. Family members are typically too close to the situation to be objective, and they often resent the addict. This makes it too easy for proceedings to degenerate into a shouting match where all parties insult and blame each other for problems. Even in relatively mild cases, interventions conducted by amateurs are just as likely to sever communication as any other fight.

When intervening for an addict with an especially hard case, hiring a professional interventionist may be critical to the success of the endeavor. She will know the best way to handle the situation and have a list of resources the family can utilize. She will help the family plan the intervention, anticipate problems that may arise and find possible solutions to help the addicted loved one. A professional interventionist has the best chance of breaking through to the addict and getting him to see the problems his addiction has caused.

Help Finding a Professional Interventionist

Hiring a professional interventionist is the best way to go in almost any case, but especially in cases involving difficult individuals. If you would like help finding a professional interventionist, or if you have any questions about interventions and addiction treatment, please call our toll-free helpline today. Counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have and to put you in touch with the resources you need.

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