What is an Addiction Intervention?
More often than not, individuals who need the help of addiction treatment won’t wish to get the help they need. This may be a result of denial or even honestly not wanting to stop the use of drugs. Fortunately, for friends and family, interventions are available to help encourage loved ones to get the help they need. Interventions are structured and schedules sit down meetings between the loved ones of an addicted individual, an intervention specialist, and the addicted individual him/herself. By the use of storytelling, expression, and boundary setting, interventions are successful in influencing an individual’s decision about getting help through addiction treatment. Can your loved one benefit from a drug addiction intervention?
How Do I Know if My Loved One Could Benefit from an Addiction Intervention?
Individuals who can benefit from an intervention are already dependent or addicted to their drug of choice. And, they may be exhibiting a denial of their drug abuse problem. Signs of addiction and dependency include:
- Avoiding responsibilities and family events
- Keeping secrets about time spent
- Mood swings, especially irritability
- Increased apathy for past activities
- Legal issues
- Financial instability
- Problems at work
While these symptoms may lead to an accurate representation of an addiction, not all individuals addicted to a substance will portray every symptom. And, they may not exhibit any at all. It’s important for an individual to understand their own addictions, and is one of the many reasons interventions are so successful.
Choosing to Step in as a Loved One of an Addicted Individual
There is no fine line that’s drawn and lets you know when you should step in with an intervention for a suffering loved one. But, before choosing an intervention, make sure that your loved one is not willing to get help without the need for an intervention. It may just be that a loving conversation with an addicted loved one is all they need to begin the road to recovery through treatment. So, if you haven’t, approach your loved one with compassion and understanding. Tell them how their addiction has affected you and how you would love to see them get the help you need. If your loved one is unresponsive, denies addiction, or becomes aggressive at the thought of treatment, an intervention may be helpful. Or, if your loved one has already tried to battle drug addiction on their own and has failed, intervention may help in this scenario as well.
The Process of the Addiction Intervention
Choosing an Interventionist: First, you’ll need to select an organization you feel comfortable with to help you hold the intervention. While families can certainly hold interventions themselves, they are usually not successful without the presence and guidance of an intervention specialist. At Simple Path Recovery, our experienced and licensed interventionist will help you and your family express your concerns in a healthy way. And, they’ll help your loved one to acknowledge their addictions so that they can get the help they need immediately.
Preparing with Research: While you may know your loved one is afflicted with addiction, you may not know everything about their addiction. The more you know about addiction, the more likely you are to be open-minded about discussions about your loved one’s addiction. And, you’re more likely to understand where they are coming from. Before holding and preparing for an intervention, families and loved ones should prepare with research.
Select the Addiction Intervention Team: The team of individuals who will be involved in an intervention should be carefully selected. They should all be individuals who are close to the person for which the intervention is being held. The addicted individual will be more willing to listen to how their addiction has affected the ones they love rather than those they do not care for.
Prepare What You Will Say: Each member of the intervention team will prepare a letter to read to their addicted loved one. Essentially, you’ll want to express how your loved one’s addiction has affected your own life and what you will do to ensure that your loved one will get the help they need. Often, these terms are eliminating communication or other enabling behaviors so that the individual has no other choice but to get the help they need.
Hold the Intervention: After preparation and practice, you and your team of interventionists will hold the scheduled intervention; which your addicted loved one will be oblivious to until the date of. With hope and determination, you will likely be witness to the moment your addicted loved one gets the help they need.
Do you think your loved one may benefit from an intervention at Simple Path Recovery? Contact Us today for more information about our intervention program!