What’s an Intervention

A drug intervention is a structured, solution-oriented process undertaken to persuade someone who has a problem with drug or alcohol abuse to seek help in overcoming the addiction. Family, friends, and others involved in the person’s life use the intervention to demonstrate the extent of the effects of substance abuse or alcoholism and related behaviors.

A successful intervention is not a confrontation but an opportunity for an addicted individual to accept help in taking the first step toward recovery. Often, an interventionist is invited to serve as a guide and educator before, during, and after the intervention.

At Landmark, we work with many Certified Interventionists, who specialize in convincing your loved one to get help. These Interventionists are completely Independent of Landmark, and can offer unbiased advice on when and where to seek treatment based on your loved one’s needs. If you need help getting your loved one into treatment, one of our Admissions Consultants would be happy to discuss your options with you, and refer you to an Interventionist if needed.

Between 25-50% of people with a substance abuse problem cannot stop using drugs or alcohol on their own. For them, addiction is a progressive, relapsing disease that requires intensive treatments and continuing aftercare, monitoring and family or peer support for recovery.

WHY CAN’T ADDICTS JUST STOP USING ON THEIR OWN?

Well, what’s=s an intervention? Think about Addiction as a complex brain disease that involves the compulsive use of one or more substances despite unhealthy side effects and consequences. Addiction impacts parts of the brain responsible for reward, motivation, learning, judgment, and memory. While they may want to stop abusing drugs and alcohol that they know are hurting (even killing) them, they can’t stop.

WHY YOUR LOVED ONE MAY NEED AN INTERVENTION

A family coming together to hold a wooden heart. The heart represents the addict in their life that needs a drug/alcohol intervention

Your heart is in the right place, but no matter hard you try, you just can’t reach your addicted loved one or family member that’s steadily losing the fight to a chemical dependency problem. Denial is a common factor as addicts continually minimize the impact that drinking and drug use have in their professional and personal lives.

WHAT’S AN INTERVENTION?

An intervention is a face to face meeting that includes an addict, the addict’s loved ones, and an individual that is trained help an addict identify that a severe problem exists. Interventions are usually suggested by an addict’s friend, family member, work colleague or medical professional who observes the detrimental effects of chemical dependency on the addict. Interventionists provide a structured environment that allows open and honest conversations to occur regarding the addict’s unhealthy lifestyle and behaviors that are harmful and damaging to his relationships.

STEPS TO AN INTERVENTION

“Successful interventions allow friends and family members of an addict to voice their concerns in a safe, structured and controlled environment.”

1. FIND AN INTERVENTION SPECIALIST

Finding an intervention specialist is the first step in staging an intervention for your loved one. Ask medical provider’s for a recommendation and perform online searches on your own. Ask about training, success rates and experience and costs involved.

2. FORM YOUR INTERVENTION GROUP

There will likely be people close to the addict who wants to help convince him or her to go into rehab. Friends, siblings, parents, life-long friends, spouses and life-long friends are often included. A dedicated and resourceful professional will help you develop a plan about “what to say, who’s saying it and when it should be said”.

3. LEARN AND REHEARSE

You wouldn’t climb a mountain without the right gear to keep you safe. Similarly, you shouldn’t confront an addicted loved one without the proper tools that keep the conversation progressing in meaningful and impactful ways. Without insight into what causes your loved one to be addicted to drugs or alcohol, or knowledge about effective treatment options, you’re climbing an uphill battle without out any support to guide you in the right direction. An intervention will help you and your group understand addiction as a disease process so that you can truly empathize and better understand your loved one. By rehearsing the words you intend to say, you will feel more confident and better equipped to reach your loved one with a powerful and persuasive plea for him or her to get help.

4. CHOOSE AN INTERVENTION TIME AND PLACE

This space should be familiar, comfortable and free from distractions. Ideally, interventions should take place at a time when your loved one is sober because the chance for a moment of clarity into the seriousness of addiction is more likely to occur. There’s no guideline for the amount of time that an intervention should take. Some take thirty minutes and others several hours.

5. BE OPTIMISTIC AND REALISTIC

You may think you know how your loved one will react when confronted about addiction, but it’s essential to prepare for anything on the day of the intervention. Sometimes addicts surprise loved ones and agree to go into treatment immediately. Other times, family members are met with hostility, resentment and adamant refusal to accept any form of therapy or support. Additionally, be prepared for a “middle of the road” acceptance in which your loved one acknowledges a problem exists but wants to bargain the type of resources or help that he needs or is willing to accept. Your enlisted interventionist will help you select individuals to attend the intervention and arrange the proper time and location.

Interventions can be tough, but when done properly, they are incredibly helpful. Landmark Recovery is here for you regarding your intervention needs. We are here for you every step of the way and hope to help give you or your loved one the life you desire.