A Family Intervention Can Save a Life

If you think you have to wait for a loved one who is an addict to reach out for help in order to get them help, you are misinformed.  It seems to be conventional wisdom these days that you can’t help someone battling substance abuse until they are ready to help themselves.  But the reality is that many addicts will never come to that moment of clarity when they realize just had badly they need help, so sometimes friends and family members need to push that process along in order to make something happen; when the family members of an addict get together to ask the addict to enter rehab, the result is referred to as a family intervention.

Your son or daughter, brother or sister, mom or dad, aunt or uncle is an alcoholic or a drug addict and they need help to get clean.  Because you love them you don’t want to wait until it’s too late; as long as there is still breath in the addict’s lungs, it is not too late for an intervention.

Working with an Intervention Specialist

Interventions can work when they are done properly.  It’s important to never try to run an intervention on your own without the help of an intervention specialist, because they are trained on how to run the intervention with a successful outcome.  The only thing that really matters in the end is getting the addict into treatment, not everyone else’s hurt feelings and resentments.  Without an experienced specialist to keep everyone on task, the intervention can quickly devolve into anger and defensiveness, resulting in nothing being accomplished except the addict being pushed further away from the family.

Stepping in with Intervention Services

The truth is that most addicts faced with an intervention will accept treatment, so interventions can and do work to not only get an addict into rehab, but also to finally admit they have a problem and to submit to the necessary steps toward recovery.  Intervention services can be a catalyst that takes someone who is lost so deep in their addiction that they don’t see how bad it is to a place where they are finally ready to get help without having to hit bottom first.

Drug intervention programs have become a necessary service that people need more and more these days.  Too many people have died as a result of substance abuse and it’s time to put a stop to the death and destruction that are the results of drug and alcohol abuse.  We can save the lives of our friends and families by intervening on their behalf before it’s too late to do anything.

Waiting for addicts to hit a bottom they may never reach before they die is not an effective strategy.  If you want to stop someone you love from slowly committing suicide then you have to be proactive and take a stand.  Don’t enable the behavior any longer and make it clear that they need to go to rehab because you will not be a party to their death any longer.  Some people may think an intervention is extreme, but it’s far less extreme than planning the funeral of a young and vibrant person.  Do what you can to bring back that vibrancy, it will be worth every minute of it.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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