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Steps to Completing a Successful Intervention

Across the United States thousands of people live their lives with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. With a staggering numbers of addicts, this means that an ever more staggering number of concerned families are left to watch the process of addiction with no way to help the person they love. What too few of these families realize is that there is a way they can help their loved one.

How Can We Help Our Loved One?

There is a way that family members watching a loved one battle serious addiction can help them get better. They can find an Interventionist and initiate the process of an Intervention. This is a process that the entire family works through to convince the addicted family member that they need to enter into a treatment program very soon. For so many families this process can lift the immeasurable burden of watching someone they love struggle each and every day of their life.

What Happens In An Intervention?

An Intervention, very simply put, is the process by which a family confronts a family member who is living with an addiction to drugs or alcohol and persuades them to enter a treatment program. It is a process involving several stages in order to have a successful intervention.

Stage One: Preparation

The first stage of any successful Intervention is the preparatory stage. This is a process that involves the Interventionist and the family but not the addicted family member. During the preparation phase the addicted family member is unaware that the process has begun. The first part of this stage is when the Interventionist sits down with the family and discusses what will be involved in the Intervention. Because a major part of a successful intervention is the family issuing an ultimatum to the addicted family member, all members of the family unit must be in unison. The ultimatum will state that either your loved one enters a treatment program or they will no longer have the support of the family. This is a difficult part of the process but it is necessary in order for the Intervention to work.

After the details of the Intervention process have been outlined, each family member who will be involved in the Intervention will be asked to do some personal preparation work. This will involve writing down some thoughts they would like to share at the intervention. Each person will have an opportunity to express to the addicted family member how the addiction has affected him or her personally. After each person has prepared their thoughts they can review them with the Interventionist to make sure they are appropriate for the intervention.

Stage Two: Intervention

Once preparation has concluded the intervention can be scheduled. The Interventionist and the family members will invite your loved one to sit down and meet with you. The interventionist will explain why you have all gathered and give the basics of what is going to happen. At that point each family member will share his or her prepared thoughts. When the discussion has concluded the family will issue the ultimatum and allow your loved one to make their decision. At this point the interventionist may take some time to talk to your loved one and use their experience and training to help move them towards entering treatment.

Stage Three: Treatment

As many interventions are highly successful the next stage is to take your loved one to a treatment program. In many cases the Interventionist will help choose the facility and take your loved one directly to the facility. Once the decision has been made it is important to move quickly to begin treatment so that your loved one does not change their mind or second-guess their decision. While they are in treatment the interventionist will continue to work with the family to help you learn what part you may have played in the addiction. You will learn how to avoid enabling behavior and learn to be an optimal support system for your loved one.

Stage Four: Maintenance

After treatment is complete and your loved one returns home the interventionist can act as a resource for the entire family. They can answer questions, give feedback, help find long term maintenance treatment, etc.

Who Is An Interventionist?

An Interventionist is a highly skilled mental health professional who holds a degree in psychology or a related helping science. They should be someone who has experience leading interventions and working with families. Ideally an interventionist will be someone trained in both addictions and family counseling.

One of the most important factors when choosing an Interventionist is to find someone with whom you have an immediate rapport. Your family will work hand-in-hand with the interventionist so being able to work well together is imperative. In order for the process to work smoothly a positive therapeutic relationship is a must.

Will It Really Work?

While it sounds incredibly simple, an intervention is a well-timed balancing act performed by a skilled professional. Your family will be a huge part of the process but the interventionist will act as guide, therapist, supporter and mediator through this process. With success rates as high as 90 percent an intervention could be a new beginning for your family.

Families can now have hope that they are not helpless in treating the addiction of your loved one. There is something you can do to institute change and it truly works. Let today be a new beginning for your family.