Addiction Intervention Resources

How to Understand Addiction

Most families are unaware of what an intervention is, how it works, and what it accomplishes. Most think an intervention occurs when someone comes to the home and talks to or inspires an addict or alcoholic to seek help. Others believe nothing that can be done until their loved one wants help or hits rock bottom in the addiction. They may assume that if the family can’t talk the substance abuser into treatment, then neither can a professional.

There is something to be said about those perceptions. However, an intervention is much more involved than simply talking to and convincing your loved one to seek treatment. You do not have to wait until your loved one hits rock bottom or asks to be helped. It is never too early to consider an intervention program or learn more about interventions.

Explore our addiction intervention resources here – such as a Codependency Checklist and an Online Quiz to see if now is the right time for an intervention – or continue reading for an introduction to what an interventionist does and the goals of an intervention.

What an Intervention Entails

The most difficult task for an interventionist is to get all of the family members on the same page about what needs to be done. The family has to make the addict feel accountable for his or her own actions.

Getting the loved one to accept treatment is actually far easier than getting the family to gather for the intervention and do their part. Trying to get all members of a family to change their preconceived notions about addiction requires a
 practiced professional’s help.

As you may already know since you are visiting this site, addicts attempt to make their own life more comfortable with their drug or alcohol use at the expense of their loved ones. The intervention process helps families gain control in a loving, non-confrontational way. Interventionists also aim to make sure your loved one becomes more comfortable with the option of treatment.

Addicts try to make excuses and shape their families’ behaviors, making their loved ones feel as though there is nothing they can do about the situation. The truth of the matter is that without family support, these individuals would have trouble getting drunk or high on their own. This is where an interventionist steps in to help put families back in control and get addicts the help they truly need.

Helpful Addiction Resource Links

In addition to the many resource pages on our site (listed above), we also want to give you access to a few groups and organizations that help with addiction on various levels. These are mostly national organizations, so if you’d like help finding a more local agency or group, contact us and we can point you to the right place.