Often clients that enter into our program are at the beginning of their addiction discovery. At Cypress Lakes Lodge we understand that recognition of substance abuse and addictive behaviors is often the most difficult point of realization for most people to come to. Concerned family members call or email us questions about addiction interventions, asking how they should approach the situation and how they can get their loved one to embrace treatment.
Often the truth of the matter is that anyone uninterested in sobriety simply won’t be receptive to treatment. The other side of this is that they may not know they have an addiction or how serious the addiction has become. We work with many interventionists nationally we can connect you with that will help you guide your loved one through these concerns and offer treatment suggestions such as medically assisted detox, residential treatment, partial hospitalization services and an assortment of evidence based therapy options that are customized to support successful addiction recovery.
What is an addiction intervention?
Addiction intervention can help bring substance abuse and addictive behaviors to light. Until the problem of addiction is presented, those affected remain unaware these behaviors are to the point where they are considered an addiction. An intervention is a safe and controlled conversation between a close circle of family, friends and their affected loved one. An intervention is a way to present the problem at hand, offer a solution to the problem, and a way for the individual to recognize the negative effects of their behaviors on those most important to them under the supervision of a professional interventionist.
How is an intervention done?
Working on an addiction intervention with our intervention specialists, there are steps we need to take before performing an intervention on your family member or loved one. Before approaching your family member, it’s important that everyone involved in the intervention meet and discuss their approach beforehand with the interventionist.
Everyone should play their role and agree to share their feelings constructively. Think about sharing your feelings only, not about blaming the addict. For the intervention to be effective, we must be accepting of our loved one so that they feel comfortable and supported, not judged. Cypress Lakes Lodge works with trained professional interventionists that deal with addiction every day and know how to effectively approach the situation to yield progress and follow-up results. We want to help you get your family back on track in a healthy, positive light.
Summary of Tips for Addiction Intervention:
- Avoid accusatory statements; instead focus on sharing your concerns and feelings–use “I” instead of “you” statements.
- Learn more about their specific addiction beforehand, to better understand and be compassionate.
- Maintain control on the conversation by making a plan with the interventionist and all involved
- Focus on the goal–treatment.
- Remain subjective throughout the intervention.
- Plan the intervention for a convenient time, not before a stressful event or before they head to work.
- Only offer ultimatums if you can follow-through. Think structure and stability.
- Utilize an addiction intervention specialist.
- Don’t forget to follow-up on their decision to seek treatment.
Why is it important that I seek help from an intervention specialist?
Intervening on an addict or alcoholic can be a very volatile situation. We do not recommend conducting an intervention without a trained professional interventionist. We work with several experienced interventionists. We can make a recommendation based on your situation.
A professional interventionist will help the intervention run smoothly and helps family members contrive a plan of action for their loved one. Boundaries and a request for treatment can be presented more effectively by an interventionist compared to an emotional family member.
We recommend that a professional interventionist help guide the family through this process and offer treatment options. These options are presented in a loving and accepting way since guilt and blame never deliver the message that they can overcome their addiction. Using an interventionist exponentially increases the chances of those suffering entering into an effective treatment program.
Depending on the current condition of the individuals’ mental health state, whether or not they have a history of violence and if they’re addicted and currently using a specific substance, can make a addiction intervention risky. For your safety, it’s important that you seek professional help. Emotionally, interventions can alter the dynamic of your relationship with your loved one and cause friction. Ultimatums given to addicts have to be firm; if they don’t seek treatment, what are the consequences? Family members must adhere to these rules and guidelines set. Enabling will not accomplish anything and will only allow them to remain as they are. If there are no consequences, why should they seek treatment? These are some of the things you should think about beforehand.
How do I know if an intervention is needed?
It can be difficult to know for sure if your loved one requires an intervention. If they’ve expressed that they need help, this is a start and a gift. Those struggling with addiction offer hints on occasion to one particular family member or friend lightly; this may not always be the case since most addictions happen in secret. We encourage open communication between family members so that they can pick up on any signs that an issue is present. Being well researched on the subject is a good idea before approaching an intervention.
We assist our prospective clients and their families with any questions they may have regarding addiction and intervention. If you’re unsure whether or not your loved one has an addiction and needs help, we can offer some tips to guide you through warning signs and the next steps. You don’t need to go through this alone; we will help you connect with the right intervention specialist to guide you every step starting with intervention and admission.