In order to determine, do interventions work or not, we have to define what the desired outcome of any intervention is. The ultimate goal is that the family and friends of an addict can rally together to show the individual who is struggling that the best option for them is to go to a treatment center to get help for their problem.
There is data and studies to show that an addict is more likely to go to a drug treatment center if being sent following a drug intervention, rather than on their own. Ultimately, an addict is more likely to commit to a life of sobriety after attending long term treatment, than without.
According to Psychology Today, “when addicts have strong social support and access to good treatment, they’re more likely to get better; an intervention can serve as a rallying point for a family that is dedicated to helping a loved one achieve wellness.”
Do’s & Don’ts
1. DO ask for help. We strongly suggest you take the help of a professional interventionist to help you and your family plan and execute your intervention. During the intervention process, emotions can run high, and it may be difficult to stay on task and communicate your feelings. An interventionist will help you stay focused on the main reason you are there and voice all of your feelings in a healthy manner.
2. DO make a plan. It is important to make a plan and follow it during your intervention. The more organized your intervention is, the more effective it has proven to be. Your interventionist will help you put together this plan, being sure to include all of your loved ones that you would like to be present.
3. DO remain calm. While emotions can run high, and anger and sadness can be present when discussing how your addicted loved ones actions and behavior has affected your life, it is important to remember to stay in control of your emotions. Past experience shows that when family members choose to yell or act out on hurt feelings during an intervention, their addicted individual doesn’t respond well.
4. DO offer solutions. Having a solution ready for when your loved one has a moment of willingness to get help will allow you to move quickly before they change their mind. Prior to your intervention, your interventionist will help you set up treatment options and Intervention Now will set up a sober escort so you can safely and quickly get your loved one into treatment and to a safe place.
5. DON’T be judgmental. Focus on speaking about how your loved ones behavior and addiction has affected YOU. Telling an addict in your life that they are always wrong, or reminding of them of their failures or inability to stop using will not encourage them to take your suggestion of treatment. It will discourage them from your final purpose.
6. DON’T wait to do something. The sooner you reach out for help, the sooner you can organize the intervention and make an impact on your loved ones addiction. Addiction is a progressive disease that only gets worse with time. The longer you wait, the harder it may be to find effective treatment for your loved one. Act now. Call the Intervention Now team to get started today.
7. DON’T enable the addict. Sometimes done out of love, enabling the addict in your life by providing shelter and money can contribute to continuing the addicts drug and alcohol use. Your interventionist will help you understand boundaries and how to set clear boundaries with your loved one suffering from addiction.