When repeated attempts to persuade a person to seek help for addiction fail, a formal intervention may be the best recourse. Interventions can save lives.
An intervention is a carefully orchestrated procedure in which friends, family, and colleagues of a person with a substance use problem come face to face with the person. They present their observations and concerns, and have a plan of action for helping the person seek help to get sober. Often the intervention is coordinated and led by an experienced interventionist who is tasked with shepherding the person into a treatment center.
Family members of someone struggling with addiction face many obstacles when they try to get their loved one to seek help. The problems almost always worsen if substance use continues. Typically, someone’s addiction is or can be completely devastating to the entire family.
Tips for discussing addiction with a loved one:
Usually, it takes at least a few days to plan this event, depending on available information and participants. If you are using a professional interventionist, the interventionist will interview you and perhaps other family members who would be participating in the intervention. Whether you use a professional interventionist or conduct the intervention on your own, be sure to have a plan in place. Here are a few guiding tips:
Staging an intervention with family members and a targeted individual may be able to provide additional support. When looking for an interventionist, look for an experienced professional, such as a Board Registered Interventionist (level BRI-I or BRI-II). Many of these professionals have additional addiction counseling certifications. You may ask for references and past experience.
Having expert help can be a way to keep the intervention on track and provide support for those who are at risk of harming themselves or others. It may be especially important to have a professional oversee the intervention if your loved one has:
There truly is hope for recovery, and millions of Americans are in successful recovery from addiction. It is our belief and experience that a seamless integration of clinical, medical, and spiritual solutions are the path to long-lasting sobriety and a lifetime of happiness. This is why Origins’ programs comprehensively address the individual medical, psychiatric, and spiritual needs of each patient. Our team treats co-occurring physical and mental disorders and uses advanced neurological science to heal the brain and create a path to recovery. Our spiritual care staff supports each patient in recapturing the essence of who they are.
If your loved one is struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction, reach out for professional help. Having a plan for treatment can improve their likelihood of long-term success.
Today is the day that life gets better. For more information about professional intervention, and for referrals to certified interventionists, please contact us at: 844-843-8935.
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