Drug and Alcohol Intervention Help
Few things are more difficult than watching a family member or a close friend live in constant pain. Observing a loved one struggling with addiction can be especially challenging, particularly when that loved one is in denial, refusing to seek help or even admit to having a problem. It is only natural to want to step in, to find a way to intervene—and one-way to do that is to express your concern and empathetically ask your loved one to admit the problem and seek medical help.
What is an Intervention?
An intervention is—an opportunity to sit down with someone who is struggling and lay out your concerns, in the hopes of convincing that person to seek help. Typically, in an intervention, other friends or family members will join you, and all of you will speak openly and honestly about why you are worried and why you hope your loved one will seek rehabilitation.
The prospect of so candidly discussing addiction with someone in denial can be daunting, which is why The Well Recovery Center offers an intervention assistance program; we will work with you to plan and conduct the intervention, and guide your loved one toward the appropriate kind of clinical intervention.
When to Intervene for a Loved One
Interventions are for those who are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction—and potentially with co-occurring mental health disorders, as well—but who refuse to seek the right kind of help. Some signs that your loved one might need an intervention include:
– Lying, stealing or making excuses to cover drug use.
– Mounting legal or financial problems.
– Overall decline in hygiene or health.
– Struggling with work or school responsibilities.
– Withdrawing from relationships or activities that once brought pleasure.
– Depression and loss of will to live.
The process of an intervention is generally straightforward. We recommend consulting with a member of our intervention assistance program before you do anything else; this can provide you with the proper goals and the right kind of verbiage to use as you hold your intervention. Asking everyone assembled to write an intervention letter beforehand—listing the reasons you are worried—can also be helpful. Above all else, try to maintain a tone of compassion and care throughout the intervention, without ever sounding accusatory. Remember that addiction is a mental health disorder; you are dealing with an illness, not simply with bad behavior.
The intervention may not immediately offer results—but be patient, and let your loved one know that you are there when they are ready. Be prepared to help them find clinical intervention when they ask for it. This is their break through, their first step toward a life of wholeness and healing.
Ultimately, there is no one who is beyond the hope of recovery. For some people, though, recovery will be hard-won. Those in denial about the extent of their addiction may need time before they are willing to seek medical care. We can support you throughout this process; learn more by contacting The Well Recovery Center today, and asking about our intervention assistance program.