What Are the Pros and Cons of an Intervention?

What Are the Pros and Cons of an InterventionIntervention is not the only way that an addict may end up in treatment and rehab.  But is it the best way?  No one can ever be 100 percent certain that they are taking the right action at the right time in order to help a loved one, but in almost every case there is a way to stage an intervention that can be effective and hasten the addict’s journey to recovery.  Consider some pros and cons of staging an intervention as you make your decision.

Pros of an Intervention

  • An intervention is flexible. There is not only one style of intervention, and many techniques have been evolving for decades.  Some interventions do fit the model most people have in mind – a single gathering where the problem is addressed and immediate action is demanded. Others, however, are gradual and  designed to help the addict recognize the need for change in a gentler way.
  • An intervention is empowering. You’ve felt powerless for months or years.  You’ve been unable to help the addict stay clean or convince him to try.  You’ve had to watch his family life, school work, and self-esteem suffer.  An intervention is empowering for you because it means you are taking definitive action to help.  It is empowering for the addict because he sees a better choice and has the support to make it.
  • Interventions have high success rates. There are steps to follow and questions to ask to maximize that chance of success. When executed carefully, an intervention is more likely to get the addict into treatment than any other action you might take.

Cons of an Intervention

  • An intervention essentially requires agreement among family and friends of the addict. Perhaps not everyone agrees that this is the step to take, or there are some family members who are so concerned with hiding the problem that they will not participate. An intervention that only involves some of the significant people in the addict’s life does run more of a risk of being unsuccessful than one where family and friends really show a united front.
  • An intervention does have some risks. If staged poorly, an intervention can result in the addict walking out, not speaking to you, and not getting help.  Working with a professional interventionist is the best way to ensure that your intervention is safe and successful.
  • You have to come to terms with your own ultimatum. This is a difficult thing to do, especially if you are a parent and you will be denying your child a home or assistance.  Talking with an expert in addiction can help you deal with this difficult aspect of staging an intervention.

Hopefully, you can see that the pros outweigh the cons and an intervention can help in your situation. If you have questions or concerns, you can call (888) 371-5722 any time to speak with an expert.

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