Should I Stage An Intervention?

While interventions have been proven to be extremely helpful in nudging loved ones towards treatment, even a correctly executed intervention will not always be successful – and in some instances, can do more harm than good. While there is no immediate risk involved in an unsuccessful intervention in relation to the worsening of the disease (by way of symptoms), there is a huge risk in the sense that your relationship with the addict may be extremely disrupted. Read up on what an intervention is, and why or why not this method of support will work for you before deciding to stage one for your beloved friend or family member.

What Is An Intervention?

During a typical intervention, a group of close friends and family gathers to share with an addict or alcoholic how much they love him or her, and how his or her addiction has been affecting them directly. Recently established boundaries are presented to the addict, and an ultimatum is given. A trained and licensed interventionist will lead the process, directing the family if need be to make sure things do not get out of hand.

What Is The Purpose of an Intervention?

The purpose of an intervention is to show the addict or alcoholic how their behavior is affecting those around them, and to show them how much better their life will ultimately be if they stop using. An intervention is also important in setting up boundaries for the addict, in example, “If you do not accept help today we will no longer support you financially.” It is extremely important for the friends and family of the addict to stick by these boundaries if he or she ends up refusing treatment, for the likelihood that the addict will change his or her mind is far greater if margins are strictly adhered to.

Is An Intervention Right For My Situation?

In most cases, interventions will do far more good than harm. Make sure a professional interventionist is present, and make sure to avoid common misconceptions about interventions, such as “it is best that the addict is under the influence during the process” or “rehab won’t work a second time if it didn’t work before”. Even if an addict does not accept help right away, it will at very least plant a seed and he or she will know where to turn when enough finally becomes enough.

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