An intervention is a planned gathering where friends and family members encourage a loved one with a substance abuse problem to get help and overcome a substance abuse problem. While this may sound like a simple conversation, staging an intervention requires careful planning and timing, as well as the willingness to discuss uncomfortable topics. In many cases, the skills of a professional interventionist are necessary.
Why Work With A Professional Interventionist?
It is not uncommon for family members to believe that their addicted loved one needs to hit rock bottom or suffer catastrophic losses before he or she will be willing to enter treatment. This simply isn’t the case, and in many cases delaying treatment will only put a loved one in greater danger of overdose and death.
It’s important that people with substance abuse problems recognize the effects of their addictions on others and take responsibility for their actions. However, it is not necessary to wait until the problem takes a significant downturn to host an intervention. With the right attitude, family members can actually set the tone for a constructive and healthful recovery process.
Emotions Cloud Judgment
One of the most important perks of working with a professional interventionist is the presence of a professionally trained, experienced and neutral third party. A professional interventionist will help mediate and guide conversations so every member of the family stays constructive and focused on the ultimate goal: encouraging the struggling individual to seek treatment.
Long-standing family disputes may obstruct constructive discussions during an unguided intervention. Some family members will feel as though they share some of the blame for their loved ones’ addictions. Others will attempt to distance themselves from the situation. A professional interventionist will help families come together in meaningful ways to explore the underlying issues contributing to a loved one’s substance abuse.
Ending Enabling Behaviors
Some family members constantly enable their loved one’s substance abuse despite their best intentions. Parents are especially vulnerable to enabling their child’s drug habits. After all, no parent wants to see their child in pain. Unfortunately, addiction encourages many individuals to indulge in manipulative and harmful behaviors. As a result, relationships with family members can become toxic and codependent. A professional interventionist will help family members to identify how their behaviors may be contributing to a loved one’s addiction.
Addiction frequently turns those with substance abuse issues into skilled manipulators. Many people with advanced substance abuse issues will try any tactic to maintain their habits, even going so far as to break the law. Once confronted with this behavior, these individuals will reach for any excuses to justify their actions. While these excuses may sway family members or give them a false sense of security, a professional interventionist will not be moved. Interventionists are trained to deconstruct these arguments and help foster constructive discussions. Family members may have a difficult time calling a loved one out on his or her manipulative behaviors, but a professional interventionist will not.
Every substance abuse case is different, and each individual dealing with addiction will need different levels of support and encouragement. Many people with substance abuse problems dread the thought of going to rehab due to inaccurate, preconceived notions about what the experience will be like. A professional interventionist can address these negative expectations by helping your loved one understand the benefits of rehabilitation and how the experience will help them lead a happier, healthier life.
The Family First Difference
You can count on Family First Intervention to provide the support you need when a loved one is struggling with addiction. One of our trained interventionists will fly to your location and offer direct assistance as you plan your intervention. Once your loved one agrees to treatment, we can help you find the ideal rehabilitation center based on their unique situation and needs. We encourage you to reach out and address the problem before your loved one faces greater health risks.
Don’t Put Off An Intervention When Your Loved One’s Well-Being Is At Risk