Is Holding an Intervention the Right Choice for My Loved One?

Is Holding an Intervention the Right Choice for My Loved One?Most people are familiar with the concept of an addiction intervention. They have seen these confrontational meetings depicted on film and television often for great dramatic or comedic effect, but the truth about interventions is often vastly different than many people believe. They are risky endeavors that should be used only as a last resort, and they do not always go as planned. It is crucial that the friends and loved ones of an addict consider the facts carefully, as they decide if it is time to hold an intervention.

An Intervention Is a Last Resort

Addiction is a powerful psychological disease. Addiction is a more powerful driver of behavior than the rational mind. Even when an addict chooses to quit, he or she will be unable to resist cravings until and unless they receive professional help. Until that happens they will be driven by their addiction regardless of the consequences to their health, finances or relationships.

The point of a group intervention is to force addicts to understand some things about their condition that their own mind is preventing them from seeing. These facts may include the following:

  • Their disease is hurting them and the people they love
  • They are powerless to quit without help
  • They have people in their life who believe in them and will support them through their recovery
  • If they do not choose to enter treatment there will be consequences, and any enabling by friends or family members will end

While it is everyone’s hope that the addict acknowledges the reality of addiction and chooses to get help, the disease often prevents them from doing this. In some cases they will reject the offer of help and resist the idea that they even have a problem. This can result in relational distance and even a deepening of their substance abuse problem.

A formal intervention should only be undertaken when other attempts to get through to the addict have failed. Individuals should privately communicate their concern in carefully articulated ways first. Intervention counselors can help concerned loved ones learn how to communicate with the addict in the most effective way possible.

Essential Ingredients of an Intervention

If all other attempts to convince your loved to get help have failed and you are ready to hold an intervention, please make sure your plans include all of the following:

  • Carefully planned or scripted communication that avoids tangents
  • Pre-meeting planning with the whole group
  • Detailed plans for every possible outcome
  • A treatment plan that can begin immediately, if the meeting is successful
  • The establishment and enforcement of essential boundaries

Intervention Help Is Available Today

Professional interventionists are an essential part of communicating successfully with addicted loved ones. Call our toll-free helpline any time of day or night for answers to any questions you have about holding an intervention. We can connect you with an interventionist and help you develop a plan for treatment and ongoing care. We can help.

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