Don’t let the myth that “alcoholics and addicts must ask for help” sidetrack your plans for a family intervention. While it’s not impossible for an addict caught in the spiral of addiction to simply decide to stop using, it does require a degree of self-control that most people are just not capable of. For a majority of alcoholics and addicts, the disease simply cannot be battled and won single-handedly.
With the proper support, people can safely face and recover from their addictions. A well-planned, professionally led addiction intervention is not a confrontation – rather, it is a constructive way to help the alcoholic or addict see the truth of their own behavior. In fact, the most effective interventions are gentle, loving and caring in tone.
Some families are also held back by the fear that the subject of the drug and alcohol intervention will forever resent and turn their backs on all who participate. In fact, that rarely happens – but even so, when a loved one is trapped in the cycle of addiction, the hard truth is that person’s very life is at stake. When the possibility of angering the addict is weighed against their very survival, the choice is clear. Additionally, when a person is suffering the agony of addiction, every friend, loved one and family member suffers right alongside them. Intervention programs help more than just the addict – the entire family and circle of loved ones benefit as well.
Help for drug and alcohol addiction is not “one-size-fits-all.” There are no easy answers, and there is no type of intervention that is appropriate for every situation – each has unique challenges. That is why the assistance and support of an experienced interventionist is essential. These professionals are highly trained and experts at determining which intervention style and technique is best suited in each case. The interventionists skills and knowledge don’t stop when the initial intervention ends – the interventionist’s job is actually far from finished. Drug abuse intervention is not just a single event, rather it is a process that requires monitoring and follow-up to ensure that both the family and the addict all continue the journey to healing.
With the help and support of family members, a professional interventionist can step in and offer assistance before your loved on has hit his or her “rock bottom” – or worse. Intervention can save your loved one’s life. Learn more about our intervention services today.