Reach Out to a Loved One
Having to witness a loved one struggle with an addiction day-after-day can be difficult. You might even blame yourself a little bit for their substance abuse problem, filling you with shame and guilt. But it is important to remember that it is not your fault and you can help your loved one before it is too late.
Holding an intervention for a loved one facing an addiction might just be the wake-up call they need. Oftentimes, addicts feel that if they come forward to ask for help they will have no support from those around them. So, do not wait for your loved one to come to you; you need to go to them.
Trying to plan an intervention can be intimidating but you have to remember that the purpose of an intervention is to get your loved one to agree to get help for their drug or alcohol addiction. If you are ready to help your loved one, you can call 805-519-7397 to get more information on how to hold a successful intervention.
How Do I Hold An Intervention?
In order to hold a successful intervention, you will need to prepare many different elements. First off, selecting who will be involved in the gathering will be important. Make sure you pick people who know the addict well and have seen, first-hand, how their addiction has negatively impacted their life. Asking a professional interventionist to be present is also recommended. An interventionist is someone who will have experience in reaching addicts and alcoholics and can also act as a neutral third-party. Second, hold a trial run. Gather all of the friends and family involved and practice going around the room expressing concerns. Make sure each person prepares a script to read to the addict during the intervention. Using specific examples in each script can help the addict realize that they need help.
Maybe the most important thing to remember about hosting an intervention is to not criticize or judge the addict. Express concerns and prove to your loved one that their addiction is hurting them, but do not come off as too judgmental. If the addict feels that he or she is being attacked, then he will tune out everything being said by family and friends and the effort of planning an intervention will be wasted.
Do Not Give Up
Sometimes it takes more than one rehab stint and sometimes it takes more than one intervention. If your first, second or even third interventions fail do not give up. Your loved one is in need of a wake-up call. Help them realize that life without being under the influence is possible. Addicts should not be treated like criminals. Addiction is a mental illness that requires professional help to cope with. Call 805-519-7397 to have any and all of your questions regarding interventions and rehab answered.