Is someone you love suffering from addiction? When people we love suffer, we suffer, too. Our lives begin to fall into destructive patterns and we often enable the addict without realizing we’re doing it. If your life is being controlled by the roller coaster ride that is addiction, it may be time to plan an intervention.
Whether it’s your husband, your daughter, your best friend, or your sibling, you’re able to tell when they’ve reached the point in their addiction when it’s crucial to get help. When it’s do or die, interventions can be very effective. If you notice your loved one withdrawing, neglecting personal hygiene, keeping strange hours, being combative, or any other addictive behaviors, now is the time to intervene. Waiting too long will leave you with regrets. You may just be saving the life of your dear friend or your beloved family member.
What Does an Intervention Involve?
Normally a counselor is present to mediate the situation and provide facts to support the family’s concerns. A counselor can remain emotionally distant from the situation and provide support for the addict’s loved ones. They can also help in convincing the addict to cooperate with the demands of friends and family members. The experience and knowledge a counselor brings to the situation is extremely helpful.
An intervention involves confronting the loved one with the current situation and issuing ultimatums you’re prepared to stand by. This confrontation involves several family members and close friends of the addict coming together to persuade the addict to get treatment. The friends and family members are encouraged to write letters or speeches they would like to share with the addicted loved one. Writing things down helps everyone stay focused during the emotional process of an intervention.
The Best Possible Outcome
Don’t expect your friend or family member to be instantly overcome with appreciation. Most addicts will buck at the idea of entering rehabilitation. That’s where the ultimatums come in. If you make a vow, for example, that if your best friend doesn’t stop doing meth, he can’t come to your house or be around your children any longer, you must be prepared to stand by this new rule. You cut all ties with the addict as a repercussion of the refusal to get treatment. You also set yourself up for a, hopefully, more peaceful future by removing yourself from his desire to self-destruct.
Ideally, the addict agrees to treatment and is immediately taken to a facility. Rehabilitation is a tricky thing and, hopefully, your friend or family member has the drive to succeed. The success rate of interventions is encouraging and your continued support will be key. Ideally, after treatment, you’ll have your old friend back looking much healthier and happier.
If you’ve reached the end of your rope, then talk to a counselor about setting up an intervention to help your loved one beat addiction. It’s worth it to know you are doing everything you can to help.
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