Whether they know it or not, family plays a huge role in addiction and recovery. Throughout active addiction, family and friends of addicted individuals can experience negative outcomes brought on by a loved one’s addiction. However, it’s not for family and friends to decide that treatment is the best lifestyle choice for an addicted individual. It’s solely the addicted individual’s choice to seek help. But, that’s not to say that family and friends do not have any way of helping to convince a loved one struggling with addiction to get help. Interventions are a great way to suggest and motivate people who need help with addiction to seek it and live a life in recovery.
To many, an intervention seems like a quick way to throw someone under the bus about their behaviors. The light that is shown upon interventions throughout television and other media outlets may have individuals thinking interventions are of malicious intent. But, that’s not the case. Interventions are not intended to bring about judgment. They are intended to bring about support and encouragement. An intervention is simply a supervised meeting between family and friends of an addicted individual to express feelings brought on by addiction. More often than not, interventions are the first time addicted individuals can really recognize and deal with the consequences of their addictive behaviors as they affect their loved ones. Many times, this can provide an individual with the encouragement to want to seek help him or herself.
If an individual still doesn’t wish to gain help through treatment after considering the emotions of their loved ones throughout an intervention, ultimatums can be established. The first and most important thing that family and loved ones can do to motivate an individual to go to treatment is spot enabling behaviors. Enabling is to provide for an addiction. So, it can mean anything from providing transportation to get drugs or alcohol, offering money which may be used on purchasing drugs, and even neglecting to provide excuses for an addicted individual’s behaviors.
Once the enabling stops, the addicted individual will start to notice that it’s much harder to provide for an addiction without the help of family and loved ones. And, without family and friends to take the fall or protect them from consequences of using drugs or alcohol, they will also experience consequences of addiction. These consequences may mean losing a job, failing out of school, missing bill payments, or otherwise. But, as a loved one of an addicted individual, letting your loved one experience these consequences is essential. Most individual who decide to go to treatment do so because they have nowhere else to turn. This is called “hitting rock bottom”. Although it’s possible to get help with treatment without hitting rock bottom, experiencing the consequences of addiction is a great motivator to get help.
Find Help: Without profession help of an intervention specialist, it will be a challenge getting the result you want out of an intervention. In fact, attempting to stage an intervention without the proper help can actually make matters worse and cause the addicted individual to slide further into denial. A specialist is vital to the intervention process so that it can stay on track to providing the outcome you want; your loved one getting the help they need.
Form Intervention Team: Once you’ve found an intervention specialist at a reputable facility, like one of our own, you’re ready to form the intervention team. Individuals included in the intervention should obviously be close to the individual struggling with addiction. And, they should all be affected by this addiction.
Practice: Before the intervention team can confront the struggling individual, a practice should be performed. Allow your intervention specialist to make suggestions on how to communicate effectively. Knowing how the intervention will take place before going in will undoubtedly make the process run smoother. And, practicing what you’ll say to your loved one will leave you feeling more prepared.
Stage the Intervention: Your intervention team and intervention specialist should all decide on a time and place for the intervention to take place. It should be held in an environment which can be easily controlled and also free of spectators. Additionally, before the intervention can take place, each member of the team should come up with their own ultimatums in the case that the individual refutes treatment help. These ultimatums may include rejecting to offer the individual monetary supplement, transportation, and refusing to accept addictive behaviors. When the team is prepared to stage the intervention, the individual who needs help is most likely to do so.
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