Family Interventions Help Addicts Before it is Too Late

If you have a close friend or family member who is suffering from substance abuse, you are not alone.  There are many addicts out there, and each one of those addicts has friends and family members who love them and want them to stop using, heal, and be an active member of the family again.

Many people who have an addict in their lives are told that they have to wait until the addict reaches bottom and wants to get help before the family can do anything for them.  This is simply not true.  The fact is that some people may never be ready to ask for help on their own.  Sometimes the only solution is a family intervention.

Because some addicts are so deep in the fog of their addiction, they may never have that moment of clarity when they realize just how far they have gone down a path of self destruction.  This leaves the friends and family of the addict in a serious dilemma.  How do you know whether you should let an addict hit bottom or if you should stage an intervention?

Alcohol intervention for the addict in your life

The addict in your life may never hit their bottom, at least not before they die; and once they’re dead it’s too late to do anything.  So waiting for a bottom that may never come is not how to help the one you love overcome substance abuse.  The advantage that staging a drug or alcohol intervention has is that you don’t have to wait any longer.  You can do it now.

Organize an addiction intervention

Putting together an addiction intervention is not something you should attempt to do on your own.  It is important to seek out the help of an experienced professional who understands the complex dynamics of an intervention and can help guide everyone through the process successfully.

Interventions by their very nature are likely to be highly emotionally charged.  An individual suffering from substance abuse will likely have hurt everyone at the intervention very deeply in the past.  There is bound to be a lot of anger and resentment all around the room.  This is why asking an intervention specialist to keep everyone focused on the task at hand is so important.  The intervention specialist will be skilled at keeping the situation calm and emotions in check in a way that the people who are directly involved in the situation cannot.

When someone you love with all of your heart is on a self destructive path, it can be so difficult to stay calm and rational with them.  You can see so clearly where they are headed and it feels like they just refuse to see it.  An intervention specialist has been there and knows what it feels like to be in an addict’s shoes, either by firsthand experience or extensive training; they can keep the process from getting stuck in a circle of blame and defensiveness, which leads absolutely nowhere.

The whole point of the intervention is to get an addict to seek treatment.  It’s not about anyone else’s feelings or anything else that has happened in the past.  It’s about moving forward towards a healthy life for the addict and being able to mend broken relationships so that they may become stronger than ever before.  And it’s absolutely worth 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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