Addiction is harmful to the person with the addiction and affects all aspects of his or her life. It destroys relationships and creates distance among family members and loved ones. Treatment that encompasses intervention services helps open the door to communication and healing with family and loved ones. Intervention services save lives.
What is an intervention and how is it done?
The intervention involves a professional interventionist, family members and loved ones, and the individual with the addiction. The professional interventionist leads the intervention in a controlled setting. The interventionist guides the individual toward the right treatment.
Tips for intervention
- Never use negative, demeaning, or shaming language. A person who struggles with addiction might have underlying mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. He or she already experiences low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness. Loved ones in intervention need to let the person with the addiction know how addiction has affected their lives. Focus on encouraging your loved one to get help in treatment.
- Learn more about addiction. Go to group meetings and listen to other people who have an addiction and loved ones affected by addiction. Learning more about addiction will prepare you for what to expect, the complexity of addiction, and helping your loved one.
- Offer ultimatums if you can follow through with them. Set boundaries and rules that you will stand firm on and express your expectations to your loved one.
- Encourage your loved one. Show your loved one how much you care and support their getting treatment. Let him or her know they are worthy of a sober life and recovery is possible.
The risk of intervention is the possible disruption of relationships. The person with the addiction can become angry, aggressive, and defiant in response to the intervention. If he or she refuses treatment, you need to follow through with the ultimatums you set. The change in relationships can be very painful for family and friends who enable their loved one’s addiction.
Intervention can save your loved one’s life. Prepare the intervention with a specialist and family members as soon as possible. Do not wait. Addiction is complicated, but is treatable. You are not alone. Get help today.
Cypress Lakes Lodge offers intervention services and treatment for substance addiction, addictive behavior, and mental health conditions in a serene, natural, oxygen-rich, lush green environment. The program encompasses holistic addiction therapy for the mind, body, and soul. The focus is on physical, mental, and emotional well-being by generating the balance of life-enriching treatment, wellness, and healthy sober relationships that are sustainable. Call us to get started: 877-938-1577