Helping a loved one through his or her struggles with regards to an addiction is a very challenging path. In some cases, a simple sit-down conversation can start the process of recovery but in certain situations a more focused approach is required. In other situations, you might need the help of professionals, friends and everyone in your family.
An intervention is a planned process that involves the family and friends of an individual who is going through the many phases of addiction. During the process, the people involved in the life of an individual would gather together and confront that person regarding the effects and ultimate consequences that the addiction brings and finally culminating to the urgency of getting treatment.
The goals of addiction intervention are as follows. It should provide an example of the many behavioral effects the use of the substances lead to and how that impacted the lives of the people around him or her.
An intervention should also overlay a plan with regards to treatment with the steps, guidelines and the goals laid for the individual to understand. Lastly, an intervention should put into regard what the people around that individual would do should he refuse or accept treatment.
A wide variety of addictions can benefit from an intervention. The following forms of substance abuse and addictions can greatly benefit from a planned intervention by family and friends.
• Alcoholism and alcohol abuse
• Drug abuse use of prescription and illegal substances
• Eating disorders
An intervention might sound easy enough but there are many barriers when it comes to a successful intervention process. In some cases, consulting the help of a professional interventionist is recommended for a successful approach.
Addicted individuals tend to be in denial or unaware even that they are inflicted by a form of addiction and they often do not see the negative effects the substances or behavior is doing to their well being and relationships with other people. Therefore, it is very important to plan properly how to go about the intervention session if you want it to be successful.
If you are unsure about how to go about performing an intervention for a loved one or a friend, it is best to consult an interventionist or an addiction specialist. It is highly recommended to ask for professional help especially if the individual has a history of violence, suicidal tendencies, someone who is taking multiple drug substances, aggressive behavior or a history in mental illness.
In the many states across the United States, be it in North Dakota or in Mississippi, one can easily find professional help due to the availability of addiction clinics as well as rehabilitation centers. To get in contact with the nearest center, simply contact your local hotline operator or a quick online search should provide you with the right results.
They should have the appropriate facilities as well as the program best suited to deal with the kind of addiction that is affecting a person. An intervention often jump starts the road to recovery.
As easy as it sounds, it takes time for planning and requires the full support of families, friends, colleagues as well as the support of the local rehabilitation center. It is best to not wait before the effects of addiction occur, so if you have a loved one who is in trouble right now, intervene as soon as possible.