Avoiding Intervention Mistakes

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When family members have tried every way possible to talk their loved one into getting treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction, and still the person refuses to get help, it may be time for an intervention. An intervention must be done properly in order to be effective, and the best way to ensure success is to enlist the help of a professional interventionist. Finding a good interventionist is not easy, that’s why our addiction specialists are here to assist in this important process.

The goal of an intervention is to help the addict see their need for help, and then to accept that help. A person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol will often fail to see the impact their addiction has on loved ones. They may feel they are in control of their life, and that they can stop using their substance whenever they want. In reality, though, addiction causes pain and harm to family and friends.

When loved ones approach the person in need of help, many want to lash out and get back at the person for the pain they’ve caused. Words can get ugly, and meetings between family members can often do more harm than good. An intervention that is not properly constructed can actually push the person farther away.

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Help from an Interventionist

An interventionist will help families plan for the meeting with their loved one and will help them understand the most constructive way to talk to the person. During the intervention, loved ones are encouraged to tell the addict how they have been hurt and what they want for the person. The tone of an intervention must remain positive, however. It must be clear to the addict that their family and friends do care and want them to get help. When done correctly, an intervention will help the addict see that their addiction has caused suffering in the family, and be motivated to get better.

Sometimes a family only has one chance at an intervention, and it is important that the family consult a professional to make sure it is done right. After the intervention, family members must have treatment options picked out so that their loved one can be admitted to a program immediately after they agree to get help. Contact Restore Health and Wellness for information on how to stage an intervention, to find a professional interventionist, and to set-up placement in our treatment facility for your loved one.

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