How Addiction Intervention Works

How Addiction Intervention Works
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How Addiction Intervention Works

When a loved one is suffering from an addiction, it’s important to get them the professional help they need before it’s too late. But not everyone enters into a program easily. That’s why an intervention may be needed. An addiction intervention can be the motivating force that someone needs to get help.

During an intervention, a family member will consult with a doctor or licensed drug and alcohol counselor to confront their loved one about their addiction and the need for help. 1

At Clear Life Recovery we work with families in the intervention process so that their loved one can see the benefits of getting help and learning how to live a sober life.

When is an Intervention Needed?

An intervention may be needed when a loved one struggles to see their problems and refuses to get help. Often they are in denial about their situation and may not see the impact their addiction is having on themselves and their families and loved ones. 1

An intervention can help people realize the reality around them. But, it’s important to plan an intervention properly. Poor planning can result in the opposite result and could do more harm than good. It may leave your loved one feeling isolated or attacked. This will not lead them to a rehab center to get the help they need to battle their addiction.

Let’s take a look at the intervention process so that you can learn how it can help your loved one.

Addiction Intervention – Day 1

The first day of the intervention is often referred to as the most important. It’s when the family is educated about the process.  At Clear Life Recovery, there is a 65-page workbook that helps to explain the process. The three main topics that are covered are:

  • Enabling
  • Manipulations
  • Healthy Boundaries

This process is meant to help make decisions together based on clinical data. The interventionist is there as well to serve as a third party that cannot be manipulated. This third party person is not swayed by emotions, unlike family members who may let their emotions make decisions and get the best of them. This is why it’s so important to have this third-party person present during the intervention.

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Addiction Intervention – Day 2

On the second day, the actual intervention happens. As a family member, you’ll know what’s going to happen before, during, and after the intervention and how to support them.

The statistics support interventions showing that 90 percent of people do end up going to a rehab facility and getting the help they need. 2

During the intervention, family members gather together with the third-party interventionist. They talk about specific examples of destructive behaviors of addiction and their impact.

There is also a prearranged treatment plan with clear steps to recovery as well as goals. Family members may also talk about what they will do if treatment is not accepted. 1

Get Help for Addiction at Clear Life Recovery

Although the majority of people do end up getting the help they need, many families are stuck between feelings of fear and false hope. Many are worried that they’re going to lose their loved one through the process.

At Clear Life Recovery, we know that this is a common emotion along with false hope. That’s why we teach you how to react in the right way without turning off your loved one. It’s expected that you will go through the stages of anger, frustration, and hopelessness as your loved one enters rehab. It’s how you deal with these emotions that are important.

You may also feel exhaustion and despair. All of these emotions are completely normal and expected during the intervention process.

If you want to help a loved one get the help they need for their addiction, let the team at Clear Life Recovery help. We can guide you through intervention and the recovery process. We will help your loved ones battle their addiction and give them the support they need as well as support family members.

Call us today for more information. Let us help your loved one live the sober life they deserve.

 

Sources:

[1] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mental-illness/in-depth/intervention/art-20047451

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd19yhgwZC0

About Benjamin Hogan

Over the years, Benjamin has held positions in many different areas of alcohol and drug addiction services all over the country. He made a name for himself as an interventionist and has held certification as a Certified National Drug and Alcohol Interventionist (CNDAI-II). Benjamin specializes in helping support families of people struggling with addiction by focusing on education and instilling healthy boundaries to ensure lasting changes. Addiction is a progressive disease, but using an evidence-based approach, an intervention, when done correctly, can help to increase the willingness of a loved one to seek sobriety faster.

"In my experience, by helping families make necessary changes, they not only get their lives back, but they also help change the mind of their loved one more quickly. In an intervention, family and other loved ones take a proactive approach, instead of waiting and being stuck between fear and (false) hope. I realized in my own recovery, that when my family changed, I had to change in response. That is where I found sobriety. This is why I believe in what I do!"