Step 1 – answer the questions in this article. Step 2 - take this information to an addiction professional. Step 3 – get a treatment recommendation.
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How can you find a solution when you don’t understand the problem? By accurately assessing the severity of the addiction you are better able to select an appropriate level of care.
Tips on running a successful intervention. Stick to the facts and avoid getting bogged down in debates about what’s true and what’s not.
Consider the common pitfalls of intervention and how to avoid them. As difficult as this process is, there's a lot we can do to prepare ourselves.
Why you need to prepare a personal script to read before an intervention and the 5 components of an effective letter.
Interventions are most commonly used to help convince a reluctant loved one of the need for addiction treatment, but interventions can also be used to convince people with eating disorders, sex addiction, gambling disorder, OCD and other compulsive or destructive behaviors of a need for treatment and change.
Family can make a real difference. You never need to wait until an addict or alcoholic sees a need for help and if you can get them into treatment, they have an excellent opportunity to get sober for good.
Nothing about addiction is easy or free from pain, and an intervention is no exception. The thought of confronting your family member or friend can be a difficult and scary proposition, and will undoubtedly call for some painful soul searching. Although emotionally difficult, an intervention is an expression of love and concern, and is the best way for a hurting family to heal themselves while healing the addict.
The most traditional intervention is the very effective family style intervention. This type of intervention is planned thoroughly in advance, and is best for chronic users, who although displaying a destructive pattern of use, pose no immediate threat to themselves or others.
An intervention is emotionally complex, and the importance of success is high. A professional interventionist offers expertise that greatly increases the likelihood of a positive outcome.
Ideally all close friends and family should participate in the intervention, and all should tell the addict how their drug or alcohol abuse causes them pain and suffering. All close family or friends, and anyone else with a meaningful relationship to the addict should be invited to attend.
There are different types of interventions, and a professional intervention specialist can help you to determine what type of an intervention is most appropriate, depending on the age and personality of the user, as well as the extent of their addiction. Professional assistance is very beneficial, as it can be difficult for family and friends to appropriately and objectively evaluate the extent of the problem.
Professional and well structured interventions, carried out with love and respect, in a non confrontational manner, are very effective; and will convince most addicts to accept the treatment that they need.