What is an Intervention?
An intervention is an attempt to interrupt an individual’s negative behaviors. In many circumstances intervention may be the only way to stop a person from severely harming his/herself or others. Often family, friends or coworkers are able to stop a person before an addiction causes dire consequences. A professional intervention allows an individual to become aware that his/her drug or alcohol abuse has affected those surrounding him or her. It shows a concern for change.
How to Prepare for an Intervention
An intervention can begin the healing process for both the individual and his/her family or workplace environments. After consultation with the right specialist, the group or family involved is able to plan a time to meet and take the next step in resolving this very serious issue. It is common to have feelings of fear and betrayal when considering intervention. If performed properly the experience can be positive, bringing relief to everyone involved. It is not usually a good idea to attempt an intervention without trained assistance. Often this type of confrontation can add further confusion and chaos to an already difficult situation.
If you feel that someone you know is facing negative consequences as a result of drug or alcohol abuse, please contact us. While it can be difficult to vocalize concern for an addicted individual, addiction is a progressive disease and will only worsen for your friend or loved one. Usually an addicted person is unable to understand his or her own addiction and will not come to an understanding later in life without the help of those around them and interventions are the best way to help an addict get the help they need. Treatment is effective for individuals who are unwilling at initial stages. If you are concerned about someone you know please contact us. We will be happy to answer your questions and give you a preliminary evaluation of the situation over the phone.