What is an intervention? How does it work?
An intervention is an organized and professionally directed face-to-face gathering of family members and friends to educate the addict on why they need to seek treatment. At White Sands, we understand that those suffering with addiction may never choose to seek help on their own.
Sometimes, the experience of seeing all of their loved ones in one place or of hearing a case made by a professional interventionist will make the situation seem more serious and urgent to the addict. Interventions are very effective at illustrating the fact that everyone is united in the belief that there is a significant problem (and that this problem is affecting not only the addict, but the people that they love most.)
We believe in using the methods of being sympathetic, nurturing, and understanding when making the approach to the addict during an intervention. You want the addict to feel heard and understood rather than being confronted or attacked with all of the wrong choices that they’ve made up to the point of the intervention. The goal of an intervention is to make the addict realize that treatment is their only way to achieve the life that they deserve – one that is no longer bound by the powerful constraints of the disease.
Is an Intervention Needed?
Before we discuss the specific steps of an intervention, let’s take a quick look at key signs that intervention help is needed:
1 The addict does not recognize they have a problem or are in need of treatment.
2 The addict cannot make the connection between his or her addiction and negative effects on relationships and other areas of life.
3 The individual doesn’t believe his or her drug or alcohol abuse poses any mental or physical health risk.
4 After attempting to abstain from the substance, the addict begins using it again in order to combat withdrawal symptoms.
5 The amount of the substance or frequency has increased substantially.
6 The addict does not believe treatment could help him or her recover.
7 The addict is experiencing legal and financial troubles because of the addiction.
8 There has been a decline in keeping up with responsibilities at home, work or school.
Now let’s a look at specific steps to take when planning an intervention for drugs or alcohol:
- Step 3 – Planning Your Dialogue – Dialogue in an intervention should be firm yet come from a place of understanding and empathy. Every participant should have examples of how the addict’s behavior and choices have hurt, scared or embarrassed them, plus illustrations of how the addiction is causing damage. A professional interventionist can help your group get these points across in a loving manner without provoking resentment or anger.
Who Should Engage in the Intervention?
Serious thought and contemplation should be put into who will be participating in the intervention. Consider discussing your plans for an intervention with the following people:
1 The addict’s friends and family members
2 Therapists and/or physicians
3 Children (keep in mind it is often advised younger children should not be involved in an intervention)
4 Religious figures
5 Intervention professionals – Trained professionals can be key in helping your loved one see the need for treatment. At White Sands, we can recommend numerous professional interventionists and addiction counselors who can help you through the process
Once you have made all of the appropriate arrangements for the intervention itself, the final step is to ensure that the individual has a place to go for treatment. At White Sands Tampa, we will do our very best to ensure that your loved one receives the type of customized care that leads to a full recovery.
Life can be so much better than what it is now. You can find peace and joy again. Just take that first step today by calling. Our addiction specialists will answer the phone. We are here for you 24 hours a day to help. Call us now at 1-877-640-7820.