Over time you’ve come to the undeniable conclusion that your loved one is openly showing signs of substance abuse to the point of addiction. You’ve watched this individual’s personality change, you’ve witnessed the destruction of their life and you’ve felt the severe toll their choices have exacted on your family.
As you reach the very end of your rope, you can find yourself making the challenging decision to stage an intervention to get help for your family member.
The question is: how do you move forward to set up an intervention with a professional? This is not only a bold and brave move made to help a loved one. This decision may be the call to action that saves a person’s life.
At this point, you’ve likely dealt with denial, had arguments about drug or alcohol abuse, lived with a tension-filled atmosphere and felt how family dynamics have made the situation even harder.
To successfully help the addicted family member, as well as the family as a unit, it is necessary to have a focused, realistic, well-structured plan for an intervention that includes plans for rehabilitation. Working with a professional interventionist can help you achieve that.
According to the Mayo Clinic, an intervention can be the catalyst to motivate a person abusing drugs or alcohol to finally accept help for their addiction. An intervention is not something to be held on the spur of the moment. Once you’ve decided this might be your best chance at getting a loved one to accept help, the intervention must be carefully planned with a professional addictions counselor or other medical professional with intervention experience.
Prior to the intervention, the team of family members and friends will meet with the intervention specialist, talk about the person and their addiction, discuss what the family needs to do or change to help this individual and prepare statements that explain how the individual’s addiction has impacted them. Additionally, consequences for not accepting treatment and continuing with drug or alcohol abuse will be developed.
Deciding to Hold an Intervention
The decision to have an intervention is as individual as your family member’s addiction. If you have reached the point where you can no longer deal with addiction in your family and/or you have concerns that the individual’s life is in danger, it is time to stage an intervention.
By consulting with a professional addiction specialist who is trained to deal with people whose life has been consumed by drugs or alcohol, you gain the insight and expertise of someone who knows how to deal with the possibility of history of mental illness, or aggressive behavior.
A professional interventionist can keep everyone present calm and focused on the task at-hand, which is to motivate the individual in need of accepting help in the form of professional treatment for drug or alcohol addiction.
Having a Successful Intervention
In some extremely difficult cases, one intervention may not be enough. But the point of having an intervention is to intervene one time and get your loved-one immediately into treatment. In order to do it right the first time, it’s critical that you consult and involve a professional addiction recovery specialist.