Intervention is a process that results in face to face meetings with family members, friends with the person in trouble with alcohol, drug or other addiction. During the process, the person will be guided and educated to fight the addiction. Family, friends or sometimes your employer need to help you during the meetings and be there for you because often the addicted person is in denial. Unfortunately, most people struggling with some kind of addiction refuse to seek professional help and treatment. Through intervention, the person will connect their substance abuse and behavior to their problems in life.
Through intervention, an addicted person will have an easier time realizing the negative effects their behavior, not only on themselves but also on those who care about them. The goal of intervention is to give the addicted person an opportunity to accept help and start treatment. Intervention is needed not only for drug and alcohol addicts but also for different psychological problems like taking control of your anger, anxiety and similar. If you feel like you can’t control your emotions, especially anger, you will sooner or later need anger management interventions.
How Does Intervention Work?
As we said, intervention is an educational process not only for the person in trouble but also for his/hers friends and family. This is an opportunity for everyone to come together, share their experience and support each other through these hard times. The biggest reason addict refuse to seek help is because they think no one will understand them or support them. So, supporting each other is critical for success. In order for an intervention to be successful, an addiction specialist such as alcohol counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist. An interventionist will help you organize a proper and effective intervention. A professional will explain you the consequences of addiction, suggest you the best approach and guide you through the treatment. Every treatment plan is unique and made according to your problems and needs. Intervention can also be done without a specialist, but it is better to have one by your side to help.
If the person for whom you want to organize the intervention has a history of severe mental illness or violence or has shown suicidal behavior, you must have a professional attend the meeting. If you think that person would in any way react violently and try to harm self and others, you mustn’t organize the intervention on your own.
Where to Begin?
If you suspect that your partner or someone close to you may be suffering from an addiction which is disrupting their lives then it is perhaps time to suggest to them to seek help. It is a good idea to prepare yourself in advance. Rehab directories such as www.rehabs.com, www.americanaddictioncenters.org, and bestrehabcentersnear.me are a great starting place for your research. Intervention can be very successful if they are properly planned and done with a person who is trained and experienced as an interventionist. A professional will help you determine who should participate and make sure that all the right people are involved in the process in order to make the intervention successful.