Intervention an Important First Step in Getting Help for an Addicted Loved One

If you are concerned about a loved one’s drug or alcohol use, you may feel powerless to intervene. Nothing could be further from the truth. A Family First Intervention can help you and the family members who choose to participate regain control of the situation. It’s a loving way to change the family dynamic from one that has been centered for far too long on your loved one’s disease and shift it so that the family members can enjoy life for themselves again.

The goal of an addiction intervention is to get the person to accept treatment. Many families tend to wait until their loved one “feels ready” or “is strong enough” to go for treatment. This is a mistake, since someone who is actively using drugs or alcohol is often not able to make that decision for him or herself. As long as they are able to keep feeding the addiction by getting what they need to get drunk or high, they don’t have any incentive to stop.

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Performing an Intervention Shows You No Longer Tolerate Addictive Behavior

When a family decides to hold an intervention, they are saying that they are no longer prepared to tolerate the situation any longer. It’s now time for their addicted loved one to take responsibility for his or her addiction. Family members need guidance in taking a stand to help the person they love get better, too, which is why they need to call on a professional interventionist for help.

The interventionist will meet with the family members who would like to participate to find out about the person who is addicted and how the situation has affected the entire family. Each person who will be participating in the intervention will write a letter outlining the toll the addiction has had on their lives. Most importantly, arrangements will be made for admitting the addicted person to an alcohol or drug rehabilitation program immediately after the intervention if he or she agrees to accept help.

Confrontation Done with the Best Interests of Your Loved One in Mind

All of this information is presented in a loving, caring manner. The family explains that help is being offered but that the situation can no longer continue as is. Each person will explain what his or her bottom line is regarding the addict’s behavior, such as no longer being willing to provide money, food, or shelter if the addicted person refuses to get help. The idea of the intervention is that the person has a choice, but that the family will no longer provide support for the disease of addiction.

Waiting for the person to hit the proverbial “rock bottom” is not the best approach. Addiction is a chronic, life-threatening disease, and waiting for symptoms to worsen is not the right tactic to use when trying to get someone to accept help. Contact Family First to get assistance from a professional interventionist today!

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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