If your loved one is like many drug addicts and alcoholics, he does not think about the dangers of substance abuse. He may believe only a few people experience serious consequences from drug and alcohol abuse, and that nothing could possibly happen to himself. An addiction intervention can do more than stop him from using drugs and alcohol. It could actually save his life.
There are generally two ways an addict can approach denial. One is if he has not experienced any problems from substance abuse, he may believe nothing will occur in the future.
If substance abuse has already caused problems, he may insist the problems were caused by something else. Both of these approaches can put his own life in danger, as well as the lives of other people.
An interventionist can break through the denial caused by drug addiction or alcoholism. If you have tried to do so yourself, you probably did not have any results. You cannot break through denial with an intellectual approach, common sense, or out-of-control emotions. A trained, experienced intervention specialist will know the right approach to get through to him.
A second problem often faced by close friends and family members is how they feel about their loved one, and the problems he has caused in their lives. When you are afraid for his life and safety, angry about how he has treated you, or confused about why your attempts to communicate have not worked, it is not wise to attempt an intervention without a specialist.
Your emotions can take control, and so can the emotions of others who participate. The intervention can backfire, because it can become emotional rather than rational. An interventionist knows how to keep the atmosphere calm, so emotions do not take over.
An interventionist can also help you decide what needs to be done after the meeting takes place. First, while most substance abuse interventions are successful, you must be prepared for the possibility that it may not produce the results you want. Discussing this possibility with an interventionist in advance can prepare you to take appropriate steps if your loved one refuses treatment.
While it is ultimately your decision, an interventionist can help you see options that are reasonable, and avoid unreasonable ideas. If the intervention does not produce good results, you will know what you must do, and follow through with it.
A successful substance abuse intervention also must be planned in advance. You may not be aware of the detox or treatment facilities in your area, or do not know how to choose the right one. Your specialist will have information about resources, and can offer advice for an appropriate center.
When you are trying to cope with a loved one who is abusing drugs or alcohol, an intervention is one option you should consider. Interventions involve gathering a small group of people together to calmly confront the addict about his addiction.
An intervention also involves offering him options. He can choose to deal with his addiction by starting treatment, and have the support of his friends and family members. He also has the option of refusing treatment, but must accept reasonable consequences to this choice.
Interventions do not work for every drug addict and alcoholic. Your loved one may be one of the few who refuses to acknowledge a substance abuse problem, cannot do so, or is simply not ready. However, the overall tone and approach can increase the chance of good results.
A specialist is more likely to get through to him when you cannot, keep the entire atmosphere calm, and help you find the best resources. You may see an addiction intervention can indeed save your loved one’s life. Wherever you are located, in or around Pennsylvania, you will be able to find assistance with this. Substance abuse is a nationwide problem, and therefore there is help available in every state.