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Getting someone to admit they have a problem with substance abuse and need help is one of the most difficult steps in recovery. Many family members and friends are unsure how to approach the person, or if they should confront them at all. My Recovery Helper can provide valuable resources to families in need of addiction intervention and treatment. We connect families with intervention services that will walk them through the entire process of talking to their loved one, and we can answer questions about when and how to confront a loved one about rehab, so that it is done right and is effective the first time.
Goals of Intervention
The purpose of an intervention is to make the individual aware of the impact of their addiction, and convince them to accept help for it. An interventionist can help families communicate effectively during the intervention, for the best success. At the intervention, families are asked to talk about the impact the addiction has had on them personally, but the event should not turn into a blame session. The main purpose of the intervention is always to get help for the addict, not necessarily to allow family members to speak their minds.
Enlisting the Help of a Professional Interventionist
A professional interventionist will walk family and friends through the intervention process. In meetings with family beforehand, the Getting someone to admit they have a problem with substance abuse and need help is one of the most difficult steps in recoveryinterventionist will learn the history of the individual and their substance abuse, as well as the impact the addiction has had on the family. Loved ones will often be asked to write down their feelings in a letter to the addict, and read the letter at the intervention. This method of communication is effective because it allows the family member to say all that they want to say, without letting emotions like anger and regret fuel their words in the moment.
An interventionist will also help families find a treatment program that will be a good fit for their loved one, so that the person can be admitted into rehab immediately following the intervention. It is easy to commit to something when emotions are high and when being watched by others, but many addicts try to change their minds the next day, after the emotions have worn off.
Inside an Addiction Intervention
An addiction intervention that is done correctly will be a calm and controlled experience, not the over exaggerated drama that is portrayed on reality television shows. While it is natural for individuals and families to be full of emotion at a time like this, the goal is not to yell and scream, or to demean the individual. During an intervention, emotions will run high, but it is important for loved ones to remain calm and not attack each other with words. The interventionist will be present to facilitate the intervention, and to keep things moving in a positive direction.
Family members will be asked to take turns telling their loved one why they want them to seek help, and how the addiction has impacted their family. The addicted loved one will be given a chance to say what is on their mind, but the interventionist will ensure that the event does not turn into a big argument. The goal is to show the addict they have the support of family and friends and that they need professional help to get their life back on track again.
Many families will give their loved one an ultimatum during an intervention. They might tell the person that this is their last chance, and if they refuse to get help the family will remove all support. In the event that the person does not accept help after the intervention, it is important for family members to follow through with their threats and enforce the consequences they have established.
Types of Interventions
There are different types of interventions that can be used, based on the make up of the family. While most interventions are conventional, meaning they are staged by family members beforehand without the addict’s knowledge, a number of other types of interventions can also occur. A simple intervention is the process of a single family member confronting their loved one and asking them to accept help. Crisis interventions can be used when the addict puts themselves or others in danger, and quick action must be taken to stabilize the situation and get the person to accept help. Open interventions involve the individual in the planning process. The goal of all of these types of interventions is still to get the person to accept help.
Once the individual has agreed to enter treatment for their addiction, it is important for the family to move quickly to have the person admitted to a treatment program. It is common for individuals to change their mind by the morning following an intervention, so quick action is often necessary.
If someone you care about is in need of addiction treatment, but refuses to get help, you might benefit from the help of a professional interventionist. Contact My Recovery Helper at 1.844.867.6835 to find out about our intervention services.