If you or someone you know is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the struggle associated with acknowledging in seeking help for their addiction can be overwhelming. It is possible that you have tried or tried to help your loved one stop using many times over with no success. Often this results in a continuous cycle of anger, frustration, relapse, and stress. Interventions can help stop this cycle and lead you and your family to a place where healing can begin. Depending on the type of intervention, they may occur at an addiction treatment center or in your family’s living room. If you are unsure how to stage an intervention, reach out to the team at My Recovery Source and let us provide you guidance on how to have a successful intervention, and who to contact to help you through the process.
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Why are interventions Needed?
The idea of an addiction intervention may be confusing to some. What is an intervention? In recent years, several televisions and reality shows have publicized the intervention process through the mirror of reality TV. There’s often yelling, crying tears, anger, and a host of other theatrically enticing elements broadcast in a 1/2-hour block of time. But this is not what an intervention should be. Interventions are well planned. They include many hours of work before the day of the intervention and before the individual struggling with addiction is ever approached by friends and family. Failing to do this work before the intervention or approaching your friend or loved one about their addiction struggle is a recipe for intervention failure. An intervention is not a specific event, but the process of helping someone struggling with addiction accept treatment, help them find the best treatment program to meet their needs, and continue to provide guidance throughout long term recovery.
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What Are the Benefits of an Intervention Program?
The main benefit of seeking intervention services to help your family is that the intervention expert or intervention team at the addiction treatment facility is not part of the family. The intervention specialist has not been part of the struggle, lies, and pain that often come with addiction. They don’t feel drawn into the addict’s behavior, nor do they feel left out of critical situations or events because the addict chose not to provide vital details. The interventionist can help bring the full picture of you or your loved ones’ struggle with addiction to light, which allows those first early steps of recovery to begin.
Another benefit to participating in an intervention program at an addiction treatment center is the benefit of third-party involvement. Some addiction interventionists also provide case management services and can help streamline the process of admission to an addiction treatment facility after the intervention takes place, and your friend or loved one accepts treatment. Someone who is not a member of the family can serve as a sounding board for the person struggling with addiction and their loved ones. Ongoing and long-term addiction often breakdown trust and make communication nearly impossible between loved ones in family members who have somehow been touched by addiction.
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How to Have a Successful Intervention
The goal of an intervention is to help someone struggling with addiction realize that they have a problem, they need help, and they have a strong support structure surrounding them throughout the entire addiction treatment process. According to data from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, nearly 90% of people seek help for their addiction after participating in an intervention. When compared to only 10% of those struggling with addiction seeking addiction treatment without the benefit of an intervention, the difference is staggering. There are a few essential considerations that must be built into the pre planning process and the physical intervention process to have a successful intervention. Interventions should focus on the positive as much as possible. Although it is essential for the person struggling with addiction to acknowledge and understand how their condition affects their loved ones’ mental and emotional health, it is crucial not to blame or accuse them of causing harm. Instead, point out that addiction causes negative changes in behavior, but there is a solution.
It is also important for the intervention to stay on topic and avoid hurtful statements. Allowing the intervention to digress into a hostile, finger-pointing experience may result in your friend or loved one refusing help or walking out of the intervention altogether. It is also important not to give up. While interventions go a long way in convincing many addicts to seek treatment, statistics also show that many conversations are often needed before addicts will choose to accept treatment. This does not mean many interventions are required; however, a singular planned intervention may not end with your friend or loved one choosing to seek addiction treatment. This decision may come down the road after more conversations with family and loved ones, talks with their physician, meetings with a mental health counselor, or time for soul searching. If you don’t see immediate results from your first attempt, don’t give up. Addiction treatment works and, in some cases, can be a lifesaving change for your friend or loved one.
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Many who struggle with substance abuse are in denial about the harm their addiction causes to themselves and their family and loved ones. An intervention is a way to help them understand how their behaviors hurt those they love while having a negative impact on their physical and mental health. The longer they continue to use, the more significant these impacts will be. Suppose the intervention subject (the struggling addict) understands that they have a strong support system to lean on as they enter detox and work through a comprehensive addiction treatment program. In that case, they are more likely to choose treatment over ongoing substance addiction. If you want to learn more about how an intervention may be beneficial for your family but are unsure where to start, reach out to the team at My Recovery Source today. There are many intervention programs, both standalone and integrated, as part of addiction treatment facilities throughout the nation. Let our team help you find a renowned intervention program near you today.