An intervention is used when family members and friends decide to address their loved one’s drug or alcohol abuse habits. A successful intervention can be the key to getting your loved one into the rehab program he needs to recover, but some interventions fail, which will leave your loved one without seeing his need for help. The following examples are four common reasons why interventions fail:
- Carrying out an intervention without help – Professional interventionists are trained to communicate with addicts in positive ways. They are also trained to help family members and friends discuss how the addiction affects them. Furthermore, trying to determine the right time and way to have an intervention without professional help can be a recipe for disaster.
- Losing focus on the goal of rehab – Rehab is the ultimate goal for any intervention, but friends and loved ones are often tempted to sway in their resolve to send their loved one to treatment. An addict can convince others that he can recover on his own, so it may be easy to let down your guard during an intervention. The problem is that such attitudes can signal to your loved one that there might be a way out other than rehab.
- A divided intervention team – Everyone involved in the intervention needs to be on the same page when it comes to the plan for rehab. All participants must agree that the goal is to get your loved one into treatment, and they must see that plan through. Anyone who wavers in this plan can undermine the entire process, which means your loved one will continue his destructive path. In other words, only invite people to the intervention if they think rehab is necessary.
- Lacking a plan for treatment – Some interventions fail when people lack a plan of action for the time immediately following the meeting. As soon as the intervention is concluded, your loved one must understand that treatment is the next and only option. A professional interventionist will help you find the right facility for your loved one, and she will work with you on the details of admitting him right away. If any time passes between the intervention and the admission, then the chances of intervention failure increase.
Seek help as soon as possible to plan for an intervention.
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Interventions are the best ways to get your loved one the help he needs to overcome addiction. If one of your loved ones struggles with drug or alcohol addiction, we can help: call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline right now to speak to an admissions coordinator about treatment.