Intervene: To come between two things or change the course of something.
Your desire is to see change in the course of an addicted loved one’s life. You want to come between him and his addiction. But how?
The intervention process is common, but it’s also commonly misunderstood.
What is an Intervention?
Intervention often plays a key role in the addiction recovery process and encourages people to start moving in the right direction.
During the intervention itself, a group of family members and friends sits down with their addicted loved one in a safe and non-accusatory manner. The focus is to voice concerns for his health and well-being, then offer him a solution (usually in the form of an in-patient treatment program).
Don’t Believe the Rumors
Unfortunately, a number of friends and family members are hesitant to intervene, for a variety of reasons. For some, those reservations are deeply rooted in the common myths and rumors associated with the intervention process.
It is important to know the truths behind these myths. Don’t let the following myths and half-truths keep you from intervening on your loved one’s behalf.
Myth: You must wait for addicts to seek help on their own.
This myth is commonly believed because there is a kernel of truth in it. Yes, addicts must eventually be willing to accept help and make changes. No one can force another person to change internally. However, most addicts are not capable of asking for help. It will most likely take the intervention of others to help them get the assistance they need.
Truth: Don’t wait. You might end up waiting forever.
Myth: Rock bottom must be reached first.
Many believe an addict must hit rock bottom before intervention will be effective. The truth is that intervention is a way to avoid reaching this point. Enlisting the help of a trained interventionist can help your loved one start the recovery process before they hit bottom.
Truth: Waiting for your loved one’s arrival at “rock bottom” is not the desired destination.
Myth: Intervention is not necessary. What they need is willpower.
This could not be farther from the truth. Addicts can’t simply “power up” or “get rid of” an addiction courtesy of some extra motivation. Oftentimes, intervention is the key. Don’t rely on your loved one’s ability to simply try harder. They need additional tools, not just willpower.
Truth: When the goal is to overcome an addiction, you need all the tools you can get. An intervention might be the one tool that’s powerful enough to make a difference.
Creating a non-confrontational setting that offers judgment-free care and concern is a powerful way to help addicts get the help they need.
Seek professional guidance, make careful planning and don’t let myths stop you from intervening on your loved one’s behalf.
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