Those who suffer from addiction to alcohol or drugs are often unwilling to admit a problem exists. Even when the drug abuse problem is severe and they are caught in a dangerous cycle and are physically unable to stop hurting themselves and loved ones.
This is why an intervention may be necessary. It is a way of confronting the person suffering from alcoholism or another form of drug abuse out of love and concern. Sometimes it is the only way to get the person to treatment and on the road to recovery.
An intervention can be an informal meeting between family members, the addicted individual, and a professional counselor. Usually when such an informal meeting takes place the individual often is willing to seek help and enter treatment for the problem.
More often the process is a more formal meeting that is planned along with the help of an interventionist. A professional who has helped other families approach the loved one about the substance abuse knows exactly how to support the family and the person with the addiction.
When a meeting is planned, those who are concerned must use a gentle, yet stern approach. Family members and close friends will be given an opportunity to express their concerns. This is done by stating what is observed or felt in terms of the effects of the individual’s addiction. It is not done with anger or as a way to get back at the addict.
The interventionist is there to guide the loved ones in the process, rather than to make demands. However, family members and friends may make demands or set limits on how much they interact with the addicted person in the future. The limitations are set to help the addicted person understand the serious nature of his or her situation.
It is also by loved ones who have reached a breaking point and can no longer bear to watch the individual hurt him or herself. By setting limits on interaction or the amount of help they are willing to give, loved ones are telling the addict they have had enough.
The intervention process is often quite emotional. Families and friends may express their feelings by shouting or crying. It is perfectly natural for people who are concerned about someone with a drug abuse problem to become emotional.
Sometimes the person with the substance abuse problem will also become emotional. He or she may feel like the meeting is a personal attack. The interventionist is there to help the individual understand the concerns of loved ones and to explain the intent of the meeting.
Usually after everyone has had a chance to express how they are feeling about the substance abuse, there will be some urging to enter treatment. Sometimes the addict will agree to get treatment willingly.
However, often the person will be hesitant to enter treatment and will come up with a list of reasons for not getting help. Though family members and friends can help alleviate some of those worries, others are simply excuses.
By standing firm with boundaries they have set, those who are concerned are making treatment a better solution than to continue using the harmful substance.
An intervention is not always a joyful or happy process. It can bring out plenty of negative feelings. It is often necessary to prevent an individual from self destruction or from hurting others due to the bonds of addiction.
Though it is necessary, the process should not be rushed. It should be planned for a time when everyone has at least a few hours to spare.
Having plenty of time means family members can support each other in stating their feelings and setting boundaries. It also gives the addict time to think about options and about the current situation.
An interventionist will help family members and friends express themselves appropriately. The professional may also have a recommended facility in mind.
It is important for family members to think about the type of facility their loved one will go to for addiction treatment. In Indiana there are several facilities that offer individual treatment plans and support through the entire detox and recovery process.
The treatment center selected should offer the types of treatment the individual is best matched with. Individual counseling, group therapy, and even family therapy are some of the basic services usually provided. Other forms of treatment that are more specialized may be offered according to personal preferences.