How does an intervention work
Severe drug addiction is a truly fatal problem, but it is also 100 percent treatable. In our drug abuse interventions, we explain to families and substance abusers how to make the family less accountable and the drug addict more accountable for the addiction.
Family members often ask this question, how does an intervention work? Well we always say family roles are always a major factor in interventions because the addiction has created a system that cushions and enables the drug user. Interventions teach families how important it is to change behaviors to make the addiction more difficult for their loved one. It is true that addicts need to feel some sort of a bottoming out, and that cannot happen if everyone is aiding and supporting the loved one’s drug habits. A intervention does work when the family is involved and supporting the addict to get help he or she needs.
An intervention goes well above and beyond the act of just trying to talk to your loved one about their addiction and to nudge them toward getting help. The most important thing to understand with an intervention is:
- It’s not possible to be both the family member and the interventionist; you need to be one or the other.
Intervention is about changing the family, not just delivering a speech or airing complaints to the addict or alcoholic. Drug addicts and alcoholics are almost always comfortable in their active addiction because of certain people, places and things keeping them comfortable. Once a addict knows how does an intervention works with us they become more comfortable and willing to give it a try.
How is a speech going to fix that? No matter how hard we try, it seems most people are unable to grasp the concept or understand the science of an intervention.
Our drug and alcohol intervention process is designed to get your loved one willing to accept help and go directly to treatment. It is important for families and addicts to understand that intervention is built on the premise that the problem is the addict, and not necessarily the drugs themselves.
How many times has a family called us and asked, “Why do I need you? Can’t we just talk to them ourselves?” Sure you can. However, you already tried that 1,000 times and have been unsuccessful, so what’s going to be different now?
Addiction is a family problem. Its really family addiction its affects the whole family. Work, Life, relationships, everything! What becomes even more difficult is when a family calls us and says they spoke to their loved one and that the loved one has agreed to go to rehab. Sure, that’s great they are going to treatment, but still nothing has changed within the family system. Soon after treatment, the loved one will return home to the exact unwell, manipulated family system they left and that kept them comfortable in the first place.
Now you know why the success rate of treatment is so low, and it’s because families try and do the intervention themselves or they never do an intervention nor seek codependency counseling to help repair the family system that was broken by the addict or the alcoholic.
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