What You Should Know About Interventions
When a loved one is struggling with an addiction to drugs, alcohol or both, it can place a heavy burden on everyone involved. Whether their addiction has caused them to be distant and sever relationships, or act erratically and lash out, you may be wondering how you can get them the help they so desperately need. It could be time to look into staging an intervention with family, friends, and a trained interventionist.
What is an Intervention?
An intervention is a non-threatening confrontation process for introducing an opportunity to accept help and make a change. An intervention involves gathering family, friends, and a professionally educated intervention specialist to create a safe space in which to present your thoughts and feelings to a loved one struggling with addiction. Often times those struggling with addiction are in denial of the severity of their disease, and may at first be unwilling to seek treatment. The goal of an intervention is to provide the alcohol or drug abuser with a chance to accept their addiction and agree to enter treatment.
Where Do You Begin?
Before you can stage the intervention, you must have a plan in place so that if the intervention is successful, your loved one may enter treatment immediately. Take the time to research different treatment providers and contact them to discuss their programs. Choose the facility that best suits the needs of you, your loved one, and the rest of the family. By planning treatment in advance, the transition from intervention to recovery can be as seamless as possible. Additionally, your chosen treatment facility may be able to provide an addiction counselor to aid in the intervention process.
What if the Intervention Fails?
While most interventions are successful, there is always the possibility that your loved one will deny that they need help and refuse to enter treatment. If this is the case, accept that it is of no fault of your own, and give them the space they need to process the information they received during the intervention. In many cases of failed intervention, the addict will later come back and say they have changed their mind. The emotions involved in the intervention process can be overwhelming, and sometimes they just need additional time to consider.
It is important to remain hopeful throughout this process, and know you are taking the steps to get your loved one the help they need. If you are planning an intervention and subsequent treatment options, A New Start, Inc. can help. A New Start, Inc., is an Intensive Outpatient Program located in West Palm Beach, Florida. Our skilled team of therapists and addiction treatment professionals provide counseling and care every step of the way. To learn more about A New Start, Inc., please call us at 1-844-TALK-ANS.