If you have a loved one with an addiction or serious mental illness, you may be feeling the sting associated with them not seeking treatment – oftentimes, individuals with a serious condition are in denial, which can cause them to lie or become angry when discussions of them seeking help arise. Perhaps you’ve tried talking to them about seeking help and they’ve responded similarly to, “It’s not that big of an issue” or “I’ll get around to seeking treatment if the problem ever becomes bad enough to need it”. If your loved one has promised to seek help but hasn’t, this can be devastating – one of the hardest aspects of this is feeling a lack of control over the help the our loved one needs but doesn’t seem to seek. If this is where you’re at, an intervention might be your best bet.
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) an intervention is, “a professionally directed, education process resulting in a face to face meeting of family members, friends and/or employer with the person in trouble with alcohol or drugs.”
Interventions are incredibly important because they allow loved ones to confront someone with a substance abuse issue in a loving and educational way. By hosting an intervention, you get to provide your loved one with the real, hard facts of their reality – and some steps they can take to seek help. Ultimately, the goal of an intervention is to provide your loved one with a structured opportunity for seeking help; in doing this, they are much more likely to obtain treatment.
If you decide to host an intervention, it’s important that you have an intervention specialist there to guide everyone through the process. Your loved one may feel cornered, thus having a specialist there can serve as a person of support and reasoning for them. An intervention will involve the following:
- An opportunity for loved ones to share clear examples of a person’s problem
- An opportunity for loved ones to share a course of treatment they feel will work best
- An opportunity for a loved one with addiction to be presented with consequences if they do not follow through with seeking help
Staging an intervention takes a lot of time and planning, so be sure to speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today about moving forward with this option.
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