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Families Should Try Their Own Intervention!
An intervention specialist is essential to staging a successful intervention.
Confronting an addict by just a family or loved ones alone can actually make matters worse. He or she may become stubborn and not accept any help.
Interventions should never be attempted by family and friends alone.
5 ways an intervention by families and friends alone screw up
- Making a diagnosis before an evaluation.
When a person’s drug or alcohol use is challenged, their first response is almost always to deny there is a problem. They may truly believe they have the situation under control or they may be panicked at the thought of being exposed and having to give up a substance that has come to seem essential. Either way, your attempt to get them to accept help is more likely to backfire if you label them as being an alcoholic or addict right off the bat and without an Intervention Professional
The reality is, you really can’t know for sure how severe the problem is in advance of an evaluation, no matter how plugged in you feel you are. But more important, you are much more likely to get the reaction you’re hoping for if you simply engage and hire a professional.
- Not understanding where your power and responsibility begin and end.
It can be important to communicate the potential consequences that await if the subject of your intervention refuses help. But these consequences shouldn’t be posed as threats, and they certainly shouldn’t be empty threats.
Everyone involved must decide in advance how much leverage you have and how much you’re willing to use. For example, a spouse might be ready to serve divorce papers or a business partner might move on if the person won’t commit to getting help.
In short, before you try to help, know what you can do, what you are willing to do, and what you should do as you work to ensure the most positive outcome and this can only be evaluated by a professional.
- Waiting too long to stage the intervention.
It’s natural to hope that you are overreacting to what you’re seeing and you won’t be forced to intervene, but that’s too big a risk to take where substance use is involved. For one thing, there’s the very real possibility the person could be harmed or hurt others or perhaps even die while you delay.
If something happens to make you think they need help, strike while the iron is hot. This is particularly true in the aftermath of a crisis. Say, for example, that the person is jailed after driving drunk. Intervening immediately after their release, while the incident is still fresh, can be a great motivator toward change. Wait a couple of weeks, however, and the person’s defenses will kick in and you’ll likely hear, “Things aren’t that bad.”
And, of course, the sooner the person is helped into treatment, the greater the chances of their recovery.
Again this is better made clear and defined by an Intervention Specialist.
- Knowing how to not include those who will sabotage the process.
Before the intervention begins, make sure everyone who plans to participate understands that this may be a blunt and emotional process, and ask if they are confident that they can follow through. Nothing is more counterproductive than one person in the party starting to speak for the subject of the intervention and questioning whether the situation is really as dire as it seems. Let a professional make sure all those that should be there are truly the ones that should be involved.
- Not knowing when to stop.
Sometimes the subjects of interventions agree to go to treatment in the first two minutes, yet the interventions continue. In some cases, there’s a sense that because the process is underway, it must be seen through. Or maybe you came prepared, perhaps eager, to add your encouragement or even to let off a little steam. But this isn’t your moment. The focus has to remain firmly on the goal — to get the person to accept help. Only a true professional will know when to say when……The second that happens, it becomes imperative to stop the intervention, or you may risk making the individual increasingly resentful, embarrassed or harassed, none of which will help in the recovery process.