It’s difficult to watch a loved one struggle with a chronic addiction. Many times, a heart-to-heart, straightforward conversation can begin the recovery process for them. However, when it comes to drug or alcohol addiction, some people won’t even acknowledge they have a problem at all. In such cases, a somewhat stronger approach is sometimes necessary. The situation may call for you to team up with other people and take action by staging an intervention on their behalf.
Here are some common examples of addictions that sometimes need an intervention:
1. Abuse of street drugs
2. Abuse of prescription drugs
4. Compulsive gambling
5. Compulsive eating
People who deal with ongoing addictions often deny they’re in trouble and are not open to treatment. They may be in the vicious cycle of addiction so deep that they can’t see how their behavior is negatively affecting their life and the lives of their loved ones.
The goal of a formal intervention is to present the addict with an opportunity to change their circumstances before their situation gets worse, and to let them know that many people feel they’re in dire need of help and want to support and help them.
What is a formal intervention?
A basic intervention is process that’s carefully pre-planned by family members and friends that have previously consulted with an addiction professional or doctor to help the person in need. Sometimes it involves other people like clergy members and co-workers––basically anyone who cares about the person spiraling out of control due to their addiction.
During an intervention, everyone gathers at one central location to confront the addict regarding the consequences of their addiction and strongly suggest that they go into treatment for help. The process is usually emotional and generally never easy.
To help, here are two great books to help you learn how to stage an intervention in order to help your loved one eventually get on the road to recovery:
1. Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention
Love First has helped countless numbers of family members, friends and other experts create a caring and successful plan for helping their loved ones receive help for their addiction. This expanded and revised edition gets to the core of addiction and offers the most recent scientific data available in addition to new intervention methods for treating drug and alcohol addictions as well as other disorders. Learn how to create a team, elect a chairperson, and how to anticipate key obstacles that are all a natural part of a typical intervention.
2. The Intervention Book: Stories and Solutions from Addicts, Professionals, and Families
Millions of people have observed Dr. Drew perform expert interventions with a variety of celebrities seeking help with their addictions. However, not everyone can afford the time, energy and money to stage an intervention. This book offers real insight and advice on how to intervene in support of someone they care about. It’s a comprehensive look at how to properly stage an intervention and the principle behind the idea of intervention itself.
If you think someone you care about is in need of an intervention and you want to talk to someone about what to do, a helpline is available. Call this hotline number: 800-447-9081 in addition to reading the previously mentioned books if you’re having difficulty getting started.