Intervention

Intervention for Your Loved Ones

With our stressful and fast-paced lives, many people unconsciously develop harmful addictions that are challenging to break. Addictions can lead to a downward spiral that can destroy lives if they go unaddressed and untreated. Some loved ones, with a bit of luck, may identify the telltale signs of a problem on time and reach out to the victim through intervention.

While intervention comes in many forms, at its core lies open, structuredcommunication with the addict. This type of conversation can be staged individually or in a group, with or without the help of a specialist. The primary goal of an intervention is to help the person struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, so it is crucial that participants mean only to support. If the person in question does not feel this intention, chances of success will lessen.

Identifying an Addiction

Addicts often exhibit external signs which could point to an underlying problem. When you recognize several of the following traits in a person, chances are they are suffering from some form of addiction. Some revealing signs include:

– Borrowing money

– Borrowing money

– Defensive and/or aggressive behavior

– Overeating or undereating 

– General secretive behavior

– Unkempt physical appearance

– Drained and unmotivated

– Declining health

– Deteriorating work performance

– Depression

Addiction can be an embarrassing thing to admit to, so it is common for addicts to be in denial because it pricks their pride. Denial is one of the most significant barriers when dealing with addiction, mainly because recognition is the first step toward recovery. In such situations, intervention may be the most productive way to compel your loved one to face and admit to their problem in front of those they care about.

Initiating the Intervention

The first attempt at an intervention should be personal and made by a loved one, such as a spouse or a parent. If these soft intervention attempts fail, the next option would be a more impactful group intervention.

This conversation should take the form of a heartfelt talk about the problem that the addict is facing. Through open sharing, he or she will be able to understand that their behavior is not sustainable. If successful, the addict will take the message at heart and seek help, or take steps toward ceasing their habits and hopefully, weakening the addiction.

Escalating theIntervention

Because every person’s addiction is unique, there is no blueprint for staging a successful intervention. When an individual conversation has reached its limits, the next step would be to approach an intervention specialist. Professionals will assess the severity of the addiction and advise on the best course of action based on the addict’s personality.

If all else fails, the next step would be a group intervention, which is one of the most powerful ways to break an addiction. You can start by gathering close friends and family to form the intervention group. One common practice is to have each member write a heartfelt letter to the addict about the problem they are facing and how it affects them. Then, when the time is right, find a comfortable setting in which the group can speak to the individual about the addiction, in a non-threatening manner.

A group approach should be made cautiously so that the addict understands that their close friends and family are not attacking them and that they care for him or her.

What if something goes wrong?

Staged interventions do have the possibility of ending in hostile or violent manners. While impactful, the purpose of meeting as a group is to wake the addict from his or her self-denial and start doing something about their addiction. Before you stage a group intervention, you should always be prepared for potential backlash and take steps to either prevent or neutralize adverse circumstances should they arise. If need be, alert the authorities if the case becomes dangerous, but only as a last resort.

Conclusion

If handled carefully, interventions can help break up years of harmful behaviors and addictions. The goal should always be to convince the addict to seek external help. If you are unsure of what steps to take, get in touch with a professional intervention specialist.

Harmony Outpatient has trained intervention professionals who can help you or your loved ones stage an intervention. For more information, please send an email to admissions@harmonyoutpatient.com or call our toll-free hotline at 1-855-699-5160 today.

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