When someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they’re not only putting themselves in jeopardy, but the whole family is at risk of being torn apart. When you’ve decided to plan an intervention for your addicted family member, it’s clear what the ultimate goal is: to get your loved one into treatment.
No matter how motivated you and your other family members are to get them the help they need, planning an intervention isn’t always easy.
What is an Intervention?
A family intervention is the process of confronting, in a non-threatening way, a person suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. The objective is to get the addict to see their self-destructive behavior and how it affects those around them. A structured intervention can be successful when love, care and thought are exercised during the planning process.
Benefits of an Intervention
Those who struggle with addiction are often in complete denial about it and consequently, unwilling to seek the proper treatment. They often don’t recognize the negative impact their behavior has on their families and those closest to them.
An intervention is a structured opportunity for family and friends to ask the addict to accept treatment. The group will often present specific examples of the destructive behavior and outline what each family member will do if the addict refuses to seek help. This can motivate or convince someone to accept the help offered and begin the road to recovery.
Family interventions are important because it lets your loved one know that the family fully supports the choice of going into rehab. Not only that, but an intervention gives families the chance to express how the addiction has affected their lives. Being able to express those emotions can be a powerful catalyst for change and begin the healing process for everyone involved.
Things to Consider When Planning an Intervention
Because interventions can be emotionally challenging, everyone involved must take the time to prepare themselves for any response they may get from their addicted loved one.
Sometimes, using a trained interventionist can help everyone understand what is actually involved. They can guide on the best approach to take when confronting an addict and even help you find the right treatment facility for your loved one.
You need to remember that you are talking to the addiction and not necessarily the person. When someone is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, their sense of reasoning and problem solving is not the same as it once was.
If you focus on the fact that your loved one has a disease that they need professional help for, it can help keep your emotions at bay and ensure you contribute to the overall success of the intervention. Also be sure to have a firm, immediate plan if the addicted agrees to get help – you don’t want to waste any time after you get a commitment. Get everything in order so you can have a treatment center ready to admit them as soon as possible after the intervention.