How to Have an Intervention for Alcoholism

How to have an intervention for alcoholismAddiction to alcohol is the most common reason that people enter treatment facilities for substance abuse.  Addiction to both alcohol and an illicit substance doubles the number of patients who seek inpatient detox and rehabilitation.  But, according to the National Institute of Health, there are over 17 million alcoholics or people who have a problem with alcohol in the US, and only 10 percent of those people seek treatment.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) cautions that these statistics are loose, because not all treatment facilities report admissions to the government offices that compile these figures.  The number of people who can afford to enter the private luxury treatment centers that do not report admissions, however, is unlikely to add even another percent. The number also does not include data from Alcoholics Anonymous, which clearly states that chapters may choose not to keep attendance records or case histories and do not have to provide any membership data to any organization, including the General Service Office of AA.

What to take away from this is the fact that chances are less than 20 percent — and perhaps as low as 10 — that someone you love will seek treatment for alcoholism on their own.  If you are feeling powerless to help and afraid for someone’s safety and future, call an intervention helpline to find out more about the most productive actions you can take.

How to Have an Intervention for Alcoholism

Having an intervention for alcoholism is a serious commitment.  If you are the person taking control of staging the intervention, you should be the one to find professional assistance.  Likely this will be in the form of an interventionist.  This is an expert specifically in interventions, not just general addiction issues or counseling.  The focus of your work with the interventionist will be preparing what you are going to say to the addict, practicing responses to the common questions objections that addicts may have and deciding what treatment option to arrange.

You will also be the one taking initial responsibility for inviting others to attend and explaining the process to them.  If possible, you will try to gather everyone together at least once before the intervention to practice.  You also need to make sure that everyone is committed to issuing and sticking to the same ultimatum about what will happen if the addict refuses treatment.

It is not easy to plan an intervention, and staging one can be very emotionally draining and even scary.  But it is the best thing you can do to get your loved one off a dangerous and self-destructive path.  It is also one of the best ways to come to terms with your own understanding of the addiction and your feelings about how it affects your life.

Call (888) 371-5722 to learn more about how to stage an intervention.

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