There is help for intervention America! Are you and your family struggling with a family member, or loved one who suffers from addiction to drugs or alcohol? Are you at a loss of how to help them, and what you should do? Don’t worry, help is available and the steps are outlined below.
Too often a family has to deal with the cycle of addiction. When a loved one is addicted they appear to the family as if they no longer care about the family dynamic. It is often hard for family members to see the addict as still being good, having emotion or being worthy. There seems to be no end to the drama, bad actions and frustration of dealing with the addicts life, and choices.
The addict uses all his tools to get what he wants, which is to stay in his/her addiction. They will lie, manipulate, promise hope, avoid, threaten and guilt their loved ones in order to continue their use. There is a misconception that you can’t help an addict until they hit “rock bottom”, this is untrue and is ultimately harm as addiction is progressive.
What is an intervention?
Intervention can take many forms. But in its simplest form, intervention is when the addict’s use is interfered upon by family and friends. It is a process of trying to change the addicts way of thinking and behaviors in a non-threatening way. It can consist of removing support from the addict monetarily, emotionally, and at times physically.
Through co-dependency, families are often reluctant to pull their support from the addict. By doing this they fall into the cycle the addict has set forth as a norm. Often the feeling of letting the addict down, or the fear of losing the person prevents families from intervening properly.
Family intervention are very difficult to accomplish. Often the addict has a severe negative reaction when the family tries to intervene. The person in addiction will often feel as though the family is attacking them and automatically shuts down. Another outcome of family interventions is the escalation of emotion into a family argument.
Due to the emotional attachment to a family member in addiction it is hard for a family to make unemotional decision and lead the person in crisis to a calm conclusion of treatment.
Family Intervention only works 10% of the time.
It is highly recommended to contact, and utilize a professional mediator to hold an intervention. Professional mediators can work for the family to accomplish treatment for the addict. Professional mediators have studied addiction and understand how the addict thinks. Having a professional take the lead to confront a person’s addiction, and self-destructive behaviors often reduces the addicts resistance to getting help.
Mediators have the experience and tools to help all members of the family involved in the crisis. The mediator can help find the correct treatment solution for the addict, hold the confrontation, travel with the addict to the facility and help as a mentor after treatment is completed.
Professional Mediator Interventions are successful 95% of the time.