When Is the Right Time for a Family Intervention?

You’ve tried just about everything to get that loved one or family member help. You’ve begged, threatened, pleaded, and cried for them to make changes or seek help; to no avail. Maybe you’ve even tried more drastic measures in your efforts to force your beloved family member to recognize and repair their life but still their addiction has the best of them. So when is the right to seek professional intervention services?

The reality is that if you find yourself asking when to hold an intervention, the time is probably right. Often times families let destructive addictive behaviors run on for years without seeking help. They feel they can control the situation or that all their loved one needs is a single positive change in their life to get out of their addictive rut. In their eyes a new job, new lover, just about anything will be enough to put an end to the drug or alcohol abuse. This pattern of thinking and enabling can continue on for many years before reality sets in.

Addicts are highly manipulative and play off the emotional connections they maintain with each family member. Generally speaking addicts understand they have a problem. What they don’t realize or refuse to realize is how their problem effects everyone around them. The first challenge to overcoming addiction is to acknowledge the problem and develop a desire or willingness to get better. That is where an intervention specialist can help.

Having an Intervention Specialist is vital

Family interventions are excellent opportunities for families to confront that addiction and show them how their behaviors and actions effect not only their self but everyone in the family. Having an intervention specialist run the intervention is critical because it removes control from the manipulation of the addict and the emotional state of the loved ones. Interventions force the addicted to see past the short term consequences of their addiction and face the long term impact their behavior has on everyone around them.

Tackling the problem with family Intervention

According to most experts recognizing the impact of your behaviors and a desire to get help are the most powerful tools to long term recovery. By starting the road to recovery with a professional family intervention the odds of recovery increase significantly and so do the chances of healing the family unit and getting back to a whole and happy family. If you know someone who suffers from an addiction don’t wait; speak to an addiction intervention specialist today and get them started on the path to recovery.

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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