In recovery, an intervention is a deliberately engineered process by which close family and friends, and an addiction specialist or therapist, confront a person about their drug co-dependence. It typically involves meeting at a prearranged time and destination, without informing the addict about the true intention of the meeting until they arrive. Family and friends are then emboldened to express their concerns in person and describe how their addiction has affected the relationship. The most successful types of intervention include a large amount of forethought. This means that most therapists who set up the intervention require that participants write a few written passages that they will share with the group.
When properly executed, an intervention can prevent an addict from being in complete denial. They will come face-to-face with their family members and realize how their actions affect everybody. It is a structured opportunity for loved ones to ask the addict to accept treatment and to move forward with solid, tangible steps to recovery.
When Do You Know It’s Time for an Intervention?
Every person in the family might be touched by the addict’s actions — yet family members might be wondering what exactly they should do to help. Holding an intervention can seem drastic, even dramatic, but it can be an effective way of exposing the addict to the consequences of their action. Here are signs that indicate that it is finally time to team up with a recovery center, and move forward with an orchestrated intervention.
It’s affecting family finances and the family structure. Addiction can cause serious health effects to the individual — but they can also cause serious effects to family members. Children, especially who live at home with an addicted parent, often suffer from neglect or underlying feelings of guilt and anger. The financial burden can also be great — the addict is willing to pawn off items, sell personal belongings, and liquidate saving just so they can meet their drugs’ demand.
The safety of others is suddenly at risk. Intervention is required if the safety of others is compromised. Those who drink and partake in drugs are actively harming themselves, but they are also harming others. For example, they might expose children to drugs, drive while intoxicated, or get into physical altercations due to some sort of onset psychosis due to the addiction. Drunk driving can result in the death of loved ones or innocent bystander, creating a situation that can affect addicts’ life.
Deceptive behavior has become the norm. Addicts are subconsciously embarrassed by their vices, administering their addiction on the low. They will attempt to hide the physical evidence, its effect, and make sure the paraphernalia isn’t out in the open. That sort of deception also creeps up with certain behaviors and how they interact with family members and friends. Lying, double speaking, and cheating have become the norm — and that requires an intervention.
Often under the influence and social setting. Eventually, the disease will progress far enough where they will not be able to control the habit, and the habit controls them. No longer are they deceptive and trying to use drugs in a discreet manner — now it has spilled over into social settings. This loss of control can spill over into the workplace and social situations where the addict is not able to handle social pressures without using their drug of choice as a sort of crutch.
An intervention can be an emotionally charged time. Ideally, you will want a trained specialist and an interventionist for assistance. They will help guide the family during the intervention, ensuring that the best approach is taken when confronting an addict so that they are able to accept the help that is being offered to them.
It’s important to remember that you are talking to an addict, and a person who is actively battling with their addiction — you’re not having a conversation with the actual person. When someone is suffering from addiction, their sense of reasoning and problem-solving is compromised, and family members and friends who are going to participate in the intervention need to be aware of this limitation. If you focus on the fact that your loved one has a disease, then it can help keep their emotions at bay and ensure that intervention is a success.
Principles Recovery Center is a family owned drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in Broward County, Florida. We specialize in intervention for drug and alcohol addicts. To learn more about how we can partner with family and friends to get them the help that they need, contact us.