What is an Intervention? A Caring Way to Get an Addicted Person into Treatment

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Are you concerned about a loved one’s drug or alcohol use? Do they refuse to discuss the issue or deny the severity of the problem? When you get to the point where you are no longer willing to continue with the situation as is any longer, it’s time to consider holding an intervention.

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Addiction Basics

What makes a person an addict? It’s possible for some people to consume potentially addictive substances, such as alcohol, in moderation and not become addicts. The development from casual user to an addict is more like a slippery slope than a line that a person crosses. When the urge to use or consume drugs or alcohol becomes something that controls a person, as opposed to something he or she can control, a problem exists.

Signs of Addiction

How would you know if your loved one is addicted to alcohol or drugs? Here are some signs to be on the lookout for:

  • Increased consumption, which may indicate a growing tolerance for the substance
  • Neglecting work, school, or caring for children to get high
  • Withdrawal from activities that were previously enjoyed, such as hobbies or socializing
  • Drug or alcohol use has led to legal consequences, such as being arrested for DUI or other charges
  • Substances are being taken to avoid going through withdrawal symptoms

How an Intervention Can Help

Part of dealing with someone living with an addiction usually includes hearing excuses for why the person developed the problem or can’t go for treatment. Denial is a common symptom of this disease and the person is unable to make the decision get help on his or her own.

When you contact a professional interventionist, you will have someone on your side with experience dealing with these types of situations. You will learn about different types of addiction, and discover that it is not your fault your loved one became an addict.

What Happens During an Intervention

During a Family First Intervention, your loved one will be invited to attend a meeting. You and your family members will also attend. At this gathering, all of you will have the chance to share how the addiction affects your life by reading a letter each of you have written. Since addicts are very good at blaming circumstances and other people for their illness, this will be the first day they will be forced to take responsibility for their actions.

Your loved one will be given the opportunity to go for treatment. If he or she refuses, you and your family must be prepared to explain you are no longer prepared to support the addiction in any manner. This is a consequence of refusing to go for help. It’s also a way for you and your family to gain some control over your own lives again.

Do you know someone who could benefit from this type of help now? Contact Family First Intervention 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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