Addiction is very complex and harmful to a person who suffers from it. Addiction affects all aspects of his or her life. It destroys relationships and creates distance among family members and loved ones. Planning an intervention helps open the door to communication and healing with family and loved ones. Intervention services save lives.
What is an intervention and how is it done?
The intervention involves a professional interventionist, family members and loved ones, and the individual battling addiction. The professional interventionist leads the intervention in a controlled, mutual setting. The interventionist guides the individual toward the right treatment. A person cannot be forced to get treatment, however an intervention can show love, support, and encouragement for your loved one.
Tips for intervention
- Never use negative, demeaning, or shaming language. A person who struggles with addiction might have underlying mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety. He or she already experiences low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness. Loved ones in intervention need to let the person with the addiction know how addiction has affected their lives. Focus on encouraging your loved one to get help in treatment.
- Learn more about addiction. Go to group meetings and listen to other people who have suffer with addiction including their loved ones. Learning more about addiction will prepare you for what to expect, the complexity of addiction, and support your loved one to recovery.
- Offer ultimatums if you can follow through with them. Set boundaries and rules that you will stand firm on and express your expectations to your loved one.
- Encourage your loved one. Show him or her how much you care and support their getting treatment. Let your loved one know they are worthy of a sober life and recovery is possible.
An intervention can possibly disrupt relationships. A person with addiction can become angry, aggressive, and defiant in response to the intervention. If he or she refuses treatment, you need to follow through with the ultimatums that have been set. The change in relationships can be very painful for family and friends who enable their loved one’s addiction.
Intervention can save your loved one’s life. Prepare the intervention with a specialist and family members as soon as possible. Addiction is complicated, but is treatable. You are not alone. Get help now.
Do not let addiction destroy your life. If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, get help today. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment and encompasses holistic therapy for the mind, body, and soul with a focus on staying active and connected to nature. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started: 310-881-9151