A Lifeline to A Better Tomorrow
Families and close friends are often the lesser-discussed casualties of drug and alcohol addiction. For every one person who struggles with chemical dependency, there is usually a whole group of people that suffer right alongside them. While addiction and substance abuse have the potential to destroy families and relationships, it doesn’t have to be that way. Just as loved ones of addicts often suffer the most in the wake of their substance abuse, this special group of people also have the most power to guide them toward treatment. One of the most effective resources loved ones of addicts have is the process of substance abuse intervention.
What Is An Intervention?
In the context of substance abuse and addiction, an intervention is the gathering of concerned loved ones to try and illustrate to addicts how their substance abuse has impacted their relationships. While no two interventions are identical, there is a common formula that has been developed to help groups successfully orchestrate the process. The gathering at an intervention usually consists of family and close friends; however, it is unique to each individual based upon their social circle and family dynamic. In many cases, religious or community leaders are present as well. Participants often prepare essays containing individual examples about how the addict’s substance abuse has impacted their relationships with the reader.
At the end of the intervention, an offer of help is extended. As the intervention is often the last-ditch effort to get an addict into treatment, it is not uncommon for participants to establish terms and consequences based on the addict’s willingness to get help. These conditions often include cessation of further contact, cutting off of financial assistance and refusing to provide any kind of lifestyle support as long as substance abuse continues.
The Importance of A Professional Interventionist
The intervention is an incredibly emotional process, and it can be very difficult for even the most composed and objective people to maintain objectivity and communicate with their loved one in a non-judgmental and non-confrontational manner. A professional interventionist is trained in the behavioral pathology of addiction and, are very often, in recovery themselves. These trained professionals will objectively moderate the process and keep it from devolving into counterproductive and painfully personal judgment and name calling. They will also coordinate the logistics of treatment in the event that the addict accepts help at the end of the process; this access can make all the difference in a tense and time-sensitive ordeal.
You Can Mobilize to Save Your Loved One
When addiction hits a family, it can make them feel like they’re powerless to do anything about their loved ones’ substance abuse. Nothing can be further from the truth. It’s never too late to let your addicted loved know they’re not alone. The intervention process can very well represent the point of no return for addicts who are crying out for help. Don’t let addiction ruin your life. Quench the Thirst is ready to guide you or your loved toward quality drug and alcohol abuse treatment. Call us today at 855-781-8870.