An intervention forces an addict to confront the realities of their abuse, and to accept that their behaviors cause pain and suffering to everyone they love. Addicts use denial to continue their behaviors, but when forced to confront their actions, they can no longer deny the consequences of their drug or alcohol abuse. When an addict can no longer deny that they have a problem, when they know that they are hurting everyone they love, and when they are explicitly informed of the consequences that will occur should they keep using; they will almost invariably accept the offered treatment.
The process is difficult, and a poorly run or angry and confrontational intervention is actually worse than doing nothing at all. To ensure a loving and ultimately successful intervention, a professional should be used. A professional brings experience and objectivity to an intervention, and can maintain the needed non confrontational tone to the meeting.
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