What is an Intervention?
Many people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs are in a state of denial about their problem. Along with this denial, addiction has the ability to change a usually rational person’s behavior into erratic and unpredictable. This makes the user unable to recognize how their using is affecting them and also blinds them to the fact that it is hurting those around them. Witnessing a loved one ruin their life through substance abuse is very hard for loved ones, leaving them with feelings of hopelessness. There is hope in every situation, this is where an intervention comes to the table. An intervention serves as a place to express your love and concern for the addict in a way that does not make the addict feel as though they are being attacked. You want to express how your loved one’s actions have negatively affected your life and that you want them so seek help for their problem by going to treatment. Approaching this as a group and with the help of a professional interventionist is the best way to hold an intervention. Since addiction has negatively impacted the family, it is easy for an intervention to take a turn for the worse when emotions are brought up, the interventionist is there to act as a non-biased third party and to keep the intervention on the right track. It is understandably a very highly emotional endeavor to hold an intervention, but allowing the emotions to run unchecked has the ability to turn even the most well intentioned intervention into an attack on the addict, causing them to sink further into addiction. Are you tired of seeing your loved destroy their life with drugs or alcohol? Have you pleaded with them to get help and they have refused? If this is the case, it is time to hold an intervention. Give us a call today at (705) 209-2666 and let us work together for your loved one!
How to Stage an Intervention
The inability to help a loved one who is stuck in the grips of addiction is a horrible feeling. You would do anything to make them see what their addiction is doing to themselves and their family. It can be really frustrating that your pleas fall upon deaf ears because they are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and are unable to realize the depths of their addiction. Employing the help of an interventionist will offer the best chances to get through to your loved one, they are there to help plan and execute the intervention. The first step in staging an intervention is to decide who is going to be a part of it. Family, loved ones and close friends should be a part of the group. Once you have decided who is going to participate in the intervention, the next step is to write a letter to the addict that you will read during the intervention. It is important that these letters are not confrontational, tension will already be high enough. The letter should include examples of how their addiction has negatively affected your life and how it makes you feel knowing they are abusing drugs and/or alcohol. Also contained in the letter will be boundaries you are prepared to put into place if the addict refuses to go to treatment. The interventionist will help with the writing of these letters, as well as reviewing them in order to maintain the atmosphere of care and love needed to conduct a successful intervention. Before you stage the intervention, you need to have a treatment facility already lined up so when they agree to get help, there is nothing standing in the way. Having a suitcase with clothes ready to go is a vital part of the intervention, this will prevent the addict from having the time to second guess their decision. When the intervention starts, each person will take turns reading their letters, then it is the addicts choice to go to treatment or to face the consequences laid down by their loved ones. An intervention is a tool that has proven to be very helpful in the lives of many addicts. Hopefully when you stage an intervention, your loved one will be able to recognize how much their actions are hurting those the love and decide to go to treatment.
Don’t Wait Until it is too Late
Addiction is a deadly disease. It is taking the lives of many people on a daily basis. It is never to early to stage an intervention, but it can be too late. There is no good reason to postpone staging one, your family members well-being and health are at stake. The time has come to show your family member that their addiction is negatively impacting your life as well as theirs and that they have a loving and caring family that wants to have their loved one back. One of the most important aspects of holding an intervention is creating an environment of love and concern. If the addict feels as though they are being attacked, it raises the chances of them receding further from the family and further into addiction. Being addicted to drugs and/or alcohol has the ability to leave the addict carrying around tremendous amounts of shame and guilt. They don’t need their family to add onto this, what they need is to know their family loves and supports them in their most desperate time of need. People don’t aspire to become addicts, it just happens. The power of choice that was there in the beginning of their use has been taken away. It is not uncommon for an addict to want to stop and wish to stop but they are unable to stop. They no longer have to ability to choose to use or not, they are completely powerless and have to have their substance in order to function. This terrible cycle is known as addiction. Let us work together and help your family get your loved one the help they need. Staging an intervention has to potential to save their life, don’t wait any longer. To speak with someone about setting up an intervention, call us today at (705) 209-2666.