Those who are concerned about a loved one with an addiction problem may desire an organized confrontation. This confrontation is referred to as an intervention. The purpose of such a meeting is to let an individual know that he or she has a substance abuse problem that is interfering with life and possibly with the lives of others. Whether the individual suffers from alcoholism or drug abuse, loved ones will try to encourage the individual to get treatment for the problem before it is too late.
When a meeting is organized in a formal manner family members may seek the assistance of a professional counselor who is licensed in the state of Delaware. Such a professional will guide family members and friends on the process and how to express themselves during the meeting. The counselor will also advise those with any negative personal issues to keep those issues out of the process, to avoid unnecessary conflict.
The intervention process itself can be formal or informal. An informal meeting may be agreeable to the person with the addiction and to family members. The informal meeting is usually easier to set up when an individual is willing to admit a problem exists and is already willing to get some type of help in the form of treatment. Such a meeting may also include a professional counselor or therapist, but is designed mostly to discuss options and desired outcomes.
The more formal intervention is often organized when an individual either does not want to admit a problem exists or is very resistant to the previous efforts of loved ones. The formal meeting will be carefully guided by a counselor and will allow family and friends to explain why they are concerned. Loved ones are not expected to express anger or wrongs in terms of taking out their frustrations on the person with the addiction.
Neither the formal or informal meeting is a place to initiate an argument that will end in harsh words. The process should always be approached out of concern and love for the individual. Whether the problem is alcoholism or drug abuse, the intervention is the place for showing concern and love for the individual.
It is also the time to set and explain any boundaries that must occur for the sake of safety and health of those concerned, as well as the addict. It is also a place where treatment options may be presented to the individual with the substance abuse problem.
When a meeting is organized, a plan for treatment is usually selected prior to the meeting time. However, family members and counselors should consider the individual needs and concerns of the person needing treatment. Various types of treatment and therapies should align with personal beliefs and philosophies.
Usually if the meeting is formal, the addict has a severe problem that threatens his or her physical and ongoing emotional health. For this reason, the approach and statements used to convince the individual to attend treatment should be well thought out in advance.
Often the treatment plan will involve at least several weeks of inpatient treatment, to avoid the negative outside influences that can get in the way of recovery. Often loved ones will be asked to put their thoughts and concerns on paper before the actual meeting takes place.