When addiction gets a hold of someone, its’ grip is powerful and very hard to get out of. It is so hard in fact, that many never manage to find their way out on their own. Addicts need help to get clean; everyone knows and understands that. But what many people don’t know or understand is that addicts need help getting help too.
You may think that all you can do is wait for the addict in your life to reach out to you and say “I need help. I am an addict and I’m ready to change.” If you wait for them to say that you may be waiting a very long time, or you may never hear it all because that fatal overdose came first. But you can do more than just wait. You can intervene before it’s too late.
Saving a life can start with addiction intervention
Staging an addiction intervention can be the first step in saving the life of someone you love. Interventions are often successful in getting an addict into treatment if they are done with the help of an experienced professional who can lead the process. You want to enlist the help of an intervention specialist before the intervention because they know what they’re doing and you don’t. All you know is that someone you care about is about to self destruct and you don’t want to lose that person. But a specialist knows what the addict is experiencing, either because he has been there before or because he has undergone extensive training, and can reach out to addicts where they are in a way that you cannot.
Whether it is an alcohol intervention or a drug intervention the situation will be highly charged emotionally. Everyone who participates has been hurt by the addict, and all of those bruised feelings coming together in one room at one time can get out of control really fast without a calm, objective voice in the room who can work to bring the emotional level back down before things escalate. That is why bringing in someone who not only knows how to do an intervention successfully but also doesn’t have an emotional connection to anyone is imperative. That person will be able to view the situation clearly and objectively, so that reason prevails instead of emotion.
Starting with a professional, starting with an intervention specialist
You may be under the impression that an intervention isn’t really that complicated if you’ve seen it done on television before. But TV shows don’t reflect the entire story. It isn’t as simple as just getting everyone together and urging and addict to go to rehab. There is more to it than that and an intervention specialist is a necessary addition to any intervention to keep it from going the wrong direction. A poorly staged intervention can further alienate an addict and make getting him into treatment that much harder later on.
If someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, get some help with an intervention. It will be the most important choice you ever make. Years later you will look back on this pivotal moment and be so grateful you did it.