What is an intervention? An addiction intervention is a structured, non-confrontational process organized by a professional interventionist for the family members and loved ones of the suffering addict or alcoholic to persuade them to get help at a drug and alcohol rehab center.
As a bi-product of an addict or alcoholic using, the family is almost always impacted. These can be emotional, mental, even physical effects as a result of watching their loved one struggle with addiction.
While the loved ones around the suffering individual can see the difficulties in their lives, many times, addicts are unable to see their current circumstances for what they are and realize they need a drug or alcohol treatment center to help. According to Healthy People Publication, “nearly 95% of all substance abusers don’t even recognize that they have a problem.”
It is normal for loved ones to be unfamiliar with the process and ask, “what is an intervention?” Our team is here to provide you with the needed resources and help you need to know if you need to hold an intervention, and how to do it.
Staging an intervention with the needed structure and professional help from an interventionist can greatly help the person suffering from addiction and alcoholism recognize the problems their behavior and actions have on themselves and others.
When is an alcohol intervention necessary?
An alcohol intervention is necessary to have when your loved one you are concerned about has no motivation to seek help on their own, but their behavior, drinking, or using is negatively affecting their lives or you and your family’s lives.
Once you’ve answered the question, “what is an intervention,” it could be difficult to identify when an alcohol intervention is necessary to have for your loved one. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive, and fatal disease. Untreated alcoholism only worsens with time and non-action. With alcohol being a completely legal drug for consumption over the age of 21, realizing that your loved one has crossed over the line from social drinking, to problem drinking, to alcoholism can sometimes be blurry.
If you as a loved one of an addict or alcoholic is suffering consequences to your life as a result of the addict or alcoholic’s actions, or if your loved one is heading down a dangerous road that could be fatal for them, it is time to intervene.
When is the right time to hold an alcohol intervention?
Each person’s addiction or alcoholism is unique. There is a common misconception that somebody has to hit “rock bottom,” in order for the family to intervene and get the addict help. This is untrue. When someone’s using is negatively affecting their lives or you as a loved one are feeling the consequences of their behavior, you can hold an alcohol intervention to treat the disease of addiction and alcoholism even at its earlier stages. It is not necessary to wait for “rock bottom,” which could many times mean death.
Addiction and alcoholism are progressive diseases. The consequences and and effects of using and drinking like an addict or alcoholic does can be devastating if not intervened and treated properly. Some warning signs that someone might need an alcohol intervention are:
- If the addicted individual’s safety or the safety of the people around them is at risk
- If dependents such as children are being put at risk
- If the addict is suicidal or in a deep state of depression
- If the addict has been hospitalized for any overdoses or health issues related to using illicit drugs or overuse of alcohol
- If the addict is facing immediate legal problems as a result of their drinking or using
These are all signs that an alcohol intervention is necessary sooner than later. Don’t do this alone. We have a team of professionals here to help you every step of the way. Call the Intervention Now team today.
What is enabling?
When planning an alcohol intervention in it’s early stages, you may be asked to look at the role you play in enabling an addict or alcohol to continue their using. In order to successfully help your addicted loved one, you must first determine whether or not you are enabling. Examples of enabling an addict or alcoholic could be:
- Making excuses for the person and their behaviors.
- Financially supporting the person regardless of their actions.
- Accepting blame for the person’s addiction.
- Taking on the person’s responsibilities that they continue to neglect as a result of their using and drinking.
- Avoiding discussing the issues or consequences of the person’s addiction.
How can you help?
If you feel like your loved one will benefit from holding a drug or alcohol intervention, you can work with our team to set up your next steps. You can find guidance in how to help the situation and your loved one, rather than to enable them to continue their drinking and using. Contact us today for more information.