When a loved one has a serious problem, it effects everyone in that person’s life. When that problem is a serious one, like the abuse of drugs or alcohol, it can have the potential to tear a family apart. If you have a loved with one a substance abuse issue, but they refuse to admit they have an issue, or they refuse to go seek out treatment for that problem, it can be very discouraging. You do not want to lose your loved one to their addiction, but how can you encourage someone to get help when they do not want it or do not think they need it?
For many people, an intervention may be the only way to get someone to face their issues and to seek out the drug counseling that they need. There is usually two reasons that a family decides to stage an intervention for a loved one. One is that the person in question does not think they have a problem or they are completely unwilling to get sober at all, or there may some person in their life that is enabling them and their behavior to continue without any consequences to their actions.
So what is an intervention? An intervention is a structured meeting that is usually let by a professional interventionist. They lead the intervention and keep it on track or from escalating into an argument that is not productive for anyone. An intervention is NOT an opportunity to shame or blame the person with the addition. It IS an opportunity to convince the person that is abusing drugs to seek out some help to overcome their addiction. The interventionist will meet with the family members first and learn about that person’s specific issues and help the family to write or verbalize the impact this is having on their relationship with that person and with their own lives.
Since this can be overwhelming sometimes for the person that is experiencing the intervention, sometimes they can lash out or try to place blame on their loved ones for their issues. This is where a professional interventionist will come in handy as they can moderate the emotional outbursts that may occur and remind everyone why they have all come together. When an intervention is carried out with the appropriate preparation and training, they are almost always successful – about 90% of the time the person goes to treatment.
After a loved one agrees to go to drug or alcohol rehab, it is important for the intervention to be considered successful for the transition into a treatment facility be smooth and immediate. An interventionist can assist the family members with setting up and finding an open spot at a treatment center so that the loved one can immediately be admitted. If the treatment center is far enough away that it requires treatment, the interventionist will travel to the facility with the loved one to ensure they get there safely and also do not have a chance to second guess their decision.