An intervention is the process of confronting a loved one who is suffering from alcohol or drug addiction. The intervention needs to be done in a non-threatening manner, and the goal is to get the addict to see the self-destruction behavior they have been engaged in and how that behavior is affecting the ones around them. An intervention needs to be structured in order to be successful. An intervention can often be the first step and be the foundation in seeking treatment.
Benefits of an Intervention
An intervention can help someone suffering from substance abuse realize they have options and there are people around them who will support them for treatment. Before the intervention, family members need to be educated about the disease of addiction. This kind of knowledge can help family members stop enabling and better understand their loved one’s behaviors. Family members can also start the self-care they may have been neglecting while focusing on their loved one.
An intervention allows loved ones the opportunity to express love and concern for the addict. Addiction can tear apart families. There may have not been a recent opportunity to express your love for your family member who is caught in the spiral of addiction. By beginning the intervention with expressing how much you love the family member, you can also begin the intervention on a positive note.
An intervention will allow you to establish healthy boundaries. Whether or not your loved one begins treatment, those who attend the intervention need to follow through on any boundaries and consequences that are set during the intervention. This may involve removing them from the home or cutting off any financial support. By establishing these boundaries, this helps improve the family relationships.
An intervention serves as a wake up call for both the family and the addict. One of the important parts of an intervention is the change in the understanding of the family dynamics and family members learning to put themselves first. This may not be the intent, but the want to protect a loved one can establish patterns that actually enable destructive behaviors and make the relationships between family members worse. Interventions help the addict while also helping the family members of the addict.
How to Prepare for an Intervention
Preparation is important when planning for an intervention. Working with an interventionist or a third party is an important step because it can be an emotional time. A third party is unbiased and can help you navigate the process and keep the intervention on track, especially when faced with manipulation or destructive patterns. Interventionists also help educate the family and provide resources to better understand the relationships. While the intervention may only take a couple of hours, the planning part is the critical phase and can take multiple meetings and counseling to properly prepare the family and loved ones for the intervention itself.
Use an interventionist to help you find the right treatment facility available. You want to have treatment options picked out, in order to ensure a smooth transition to the next step. Have everything in order so the treatment center is ready to admit them as soon as possible after the intervention and you don’t waste any time. This can help prevent an addict from changing his or her mind.
You may have to mentally prepare for the addiction intervention. You need to remember that you are talking to the addiction and not the person. When someone is suffering from an addiction, he or she may not be the same person they once were and their sense of reasoning and problem solving is off. If you keep the focus on the fact your loved one has a disease and they need professional help, it can help you keep your emotions at bay and help with the success of the intervention.
What Shouldn’t Be Done during an Addiction Intervention
It’s important not to start the intervention when the person is intoxicated to the point that it may require medical or in-patient physical attention. The intervention also shouldn’t be performed if the patient is known to be violent, or is extremely depressed and suicidal. An intervention may bring more harm than good for patients who are also suffering from another serious mental disorder. Extra precautions should be taken if performing an intervention with someone who has a history of violence.
What to Remember about an Intervention
The substance abuser needs to make the decision and you can’t force them into treatment. If an addict does choose treatment, he or she should head to a treatment center immediately without making any stops. If he or she says they will go later, then you may never get them there. If you stop along the way, like at their home, they may pick up the drug for a last fix. Eliminating any obstacles will make getting treatment easier.
Odyssey Recovery is here to help men who are looking to stop abusing drugs & alcohol for good. Our individualized treatment program offers clients an opportunity to receive the treatment that works best for them. Call us today or verify your insurance benefits to get started on the road to recovery today.