Believe it or not, there are a lot of misconceptions out there about drug and alcohol interventions. Some people feel that you cannot force a person to get better, and therefore have to wait until the addict hits their bottom and is ready to accept help. While the essence of such a statement may have some truth, addiction and recovery research has also demonstrated that treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective.
That being said, a professional intervention lead by a specialist isn’t about forcing someone to go to treatment, but instead is about getting all parties as close together as possible of how to help save the individual’s life. the person needing help becomes willing to at least try to get better by enrolling in a drug or alcohol rehab program. However, it isn’t just about the substance abuser, as there are also many issues within the family that need to be addressed, especially the enabling patterns that contributed to the addiction in the first place.
Interventions are not punishment. They’re not just about ultimatums or placing blame. They’re about about accepting responsibility and showing love and compassion for friends and family. Where many families go wrong is that if they try to do the interventions themselves they wind up in shouting matches and engaging in finger pointing. The problems can often escalate and nobody feels better. This isn’t how an intervention is supposed to go.
Intervention is really all about stopping a harmful situation that is affecting one or more people, but providing solutions to the problem rather than simply punishing someone. A professional interventionist is an expert in dealing with these kinds of situations and is able to guide everyone through the process with helpful instruction and leadership. If you would like more information about drug and alcohol interventions, contact us today and we can also help put you in touch with successful intervention resources.