When a family member or close friend has struggled with chronic addiction and their behavior has become so destructive that it is affecting their relationships, loved ones frequently struggle with questions about what they can possibly do to help and also to maintain their own level of well-being. It is extremely painful to watch a loved one struggle with addiction, and getting support for yourself is essential, particularly when it is a close family member, such as a spouse, parent or child. And in certain circumstances, performing a drug intervention or alcohol intervention on the addict is an effective tool for initiating treatment services.
This might seem like an overwhelming process and even the best intended people can sometimes feel like it is crossing boundaries and invading the loved one’s privacy. They can also be afraid that the addict will respond with extreme anger, or possible violence and that the intervention could severe the relationship and make the situation worse. These are all valid concerns when thinking about staging an intervention on a loved one, though there are tools for dealing with possible situations that can occur and it is important to remember that you are doing what you feel is best for the addict. And if that means crossing a boundary, which is the forte of the addict, or invading their privacy, that is a small consequence to what can be the much greater good.
Meanwhile, the question remains as to how to actually go about having an substance abuse intervention. They are really not as difficult or complicated as what you might expect. There are plenty of qualified counselors, as well as excellent information resources to help you plan and carry out the event. This is an extremely effective way to begin the recovery process for an addict and end the cycle of substance abuse and addictive behavior. And depending on your particular needs and situation, you can either hire a professional interventionist or you can perform it on your own. Before you do, however there are some important guidelines you should follow and information you should know.
Before you can plan the intervention you simply must research the ways to perform them and be informed on the best approach and most importantly know what not to do. One of the most important aspects of the intended outcome is to get the addict into a treatment facility immediately. They are most likely going to tell you what you want to hear and that might include agreeing to treatment. However, if you end it there and let them walk out the door with a promise to make a call to a facility later in the day, you can be guaranteed it will never happen. And the addict will be on to you and possibly become suspicious of future meetings. Make sure the treatment facility has been called in advance and you can take the addict directly to the program. There are excellent checklists of things to do before and during the intervention to help and insure its success. You cannot be over-prepared for this important event.
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