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Helping Your Loved One Get the Help They Need

A substance abuse intervention aims at helping the family and friends of an addict encourage their loved one to address their addiction and seek help.

Unfortunately, those addicted to drugs and/or alcohol believe that they have control over their addiction and can stop on their own. Some addicts may even limit or stop usage for a limited time, only to relapse and begin the addiction cycle again.

Destination Hope believes that intervening with a professional therapist can be the difference between life and death, and our team of interventionists is available 24 hours a day. Contact us now to learn about our intervention services.

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Who Should Be Involved in an Addiction Intervention?

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Many individuals may be involved in planning an intervention. Specifically, those who have been impacted by the woman’s addiction should be involved. This may include:

  • Family members (spouse, children, parents, etc.)
  • Coworkers
  • Friends
  • Employers

An interventionist can help you determine who should be invited to the intervention. Most importantly, each person involved should have a genuine relationship with the person suffering from addiction. Those involved should have a true interest in the welfare of the addict, and should have the strength to carry through with any consequences should the family member decide to not seek help.

Using the Family as a Catalyst for Recovery

An addiction intervention is a structured meeting where a professional interventionist joins the addict’s family and loved ones to address their feelings and concerns about their loved one’s addiction. While the therapist guides the meeting, the family and friends confront the addict in a safe and controlled way, expressing their concerns, love, and even their darkest fears about the consequences of refusing to get help. Remembering the day of an intervention and knowing how sobriety dramatically impacts loved ones can be a powerful reminder to a woman that the fight for sobriety is worth it.

Though many struggle with the initial call for help, saving the life of a loved one is never a regret. When you call us, we’ll walk you through the intervention process, address your privacy concerns, and help you work through the sensitivity that comes with bringing family and friends together to save a loved one. Discuss our intervention services with our admissions counselors today.

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Steps in a Substance Abuse Intervention

The addiction intervention professionals at Destination Hope can help guide you through planning and completing an intervention. These are some of the steps for planning and executing a substance abuse intervention.

  • Research: Intervention attendees should research rehabilitation facilities and speak with a facility about the admissions process. The research phase should also serve as a time to determine how addiction has impacted the individual’s life (i.e., have they lost their job? Lost custody of their children?)
  • Plan the intervention: Those involved will determine the location and best time to execute the intervention. At this stage, you should begin working with a professional interventionist.
  • Create a list of consequences: If your loved one does not accept the help they need, each member of the intervention group should have a list of consequences. Examples include no longer monetarily supporting the addict, cutting off contact with the addict, and more.
  • Pre-invention: Create a script of talking points about how the addiction has impacted your life as well as how much you care about the addict and want them to get help.
  • Execute the intervention: Staging the intervention and going through with the event is the final step. Your loved one will have no idea the intervention has been planned, and will likely feel shocked and upset. However, the entire group must join together and urge their loved to get help before it is too late.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, when completed with a professional interventionist, 9 in 10 people will make the commitment to get help.

Helping Your Loved One Get the Help They Need

The road to recovery often begins with an addiction intervention. Popular culture has contributed to a heightened awareness of the importance of interventions among the general public, resulting from the airing of numerous reality TV shows about addiction and interventions.

When confronted by those they love expressing their concerns, detailing the problems of their addiction, and the impending consequences of not receiving help, a woman will truly understand the seriousness of her addiction.