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Getting Help Through Intervention 

WHO NEEDS AN INTERVENTION? 

When someone important to you in life is sick with a drug or alcohol use disorder, it can put you into a tough spot and keep you awake at night not knowing how to help them. If someone you know is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you have watched as it has destroyed their life and put a strain on your relationship with them. Sometimes, the hardest thing to do for an addict is to confront them with an intervention about their substance abuse, but it is worth it to do so.  

HOW DO INTERVENTIONS WORK? 

Here in Arizona, over 2 million teens and adults consume alcohol every month. Many of these people develop an addiction and can refuse to admit they need help.

An intervention can be a great way to get your loved one to agree on making some lifesaving changes. If an alcoholic or addict knows that their family and friends support them enrolling into rehab or another sober program, they will be more likely to go. Substance abusers often begin taking drugs or drink to feel accepted in a group setting. An intervention can show your loved one that they will still belong while being sober, which can help them feel at ease to take the next step. This support can help them fill the hole in their life that drugs or alcohol were occupying before.  

When setting up an intervention there are many things that you need to focus on in order to make sure it is a success. First off, make sure you assemble the right group of people. Selecting the right people is half of the battle. Gather family members and close friends who have seen, firsthand, how the addict or alcoholic’s actions have negatively impacted them.

Do not invite anyone who may act as enabler or gives excuses as to why the addict should continue to drink or do drugsMake sure everyone is prepared with a scripted statement to read. The script can help those during the intervention who become too emotional or lose focus of the overall message. It’s easy to get carried away when airing grievances to the substance abuser, but the goal is to show them that you are affected by their behavior and that it needs to change.  

Achieving sobriety is not easy. This is why an addict needs the support and concern from those close to them. Show your loved one that they are not alone, and set up an intervention to help them. Getting sober is no easy feat but in the right environment and surrounded by the right people, anyone can accomplish it. 

THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF INTERVENTION 

Do: Set a concerned and supportive tone. Let your loved one know that the intervention is happening because everyone wants to see them healthy and sober. Be serious and direct, but avoid giving the impression that you are angry or fed up.
Do: Enlist the aid of a professional interventionist. The conversation will most likely be difficult for everyone involved, but the interventionist can direct it so that all questions, comments and concerns are addressed. If the addicted person decides to seek treatment, the interventionist can also make suggestions about what to do next.
Do: Use specific examples to prove to your loved one that their substance use impacts everyone present. One effective strategy is to discuss the most damaging experiences first: shock the addicted person into paying attention, and then ease them into looking toward recovery.
Don’t: Berate your loved one for their actions. If you come off as judgmental then the addicted person will feel attacked and refuse to listen. You are not setting a trap, and you don’t need to point out all the flaws in their life. Again, keep the focus on your desire to see them get help.
Don’t: Give up. It is not uncommon for an alcoholic or drug user to reject an intervention, so it may take multiple attempts to get your loved one to accept the need for change.
Don’t: Go in unprepared. Hold a rehearsal intervention to ready the group for any difficulties that may occur. Alcoholics and drug abusers make excuses for their habits so often that they may end up really believing them. Have responses ready to show that these statements are not entirely true.

What To Do Next 

It is important to remember that an intervention is only the first step. Once the alcoholic or drug addict in your life admits to having a problem, there are a number of new decisions to make. Be sure to encourage your loved one to find professional help regarding detoxing, rehab, therapy and sober living accommodations. Make it clear that you will be offering support throughout their recovery process. Sobriety is hard to achieve, but it is possible. It may help to remind your loved one that they have already taken the hardest step of all by agreeing to get help. 

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Get Your Intervention Started Today

You have a chance to save your loved one’s life, but you can lose it by waiting too long. Act now. Alcoholism and drug addiction accelerate over time, and if left unchecked will eventually end in prison or death. For as scary, sad, and frustrating as it can be to plan an intervention, you can do it successfully if you keep a level head and stay focused on your goal.

A successful intervention is not about how many people attend, but rather about making sure the addicted person feels safe and loved. For more information, pick up the phone and call 623-263-7371 today. Representatives will provide you with everything you need to start planning a successful intervention. Help open your loved one’s eyes to the possibilities of a life free of drugs and alcohol.