In fact, the better and more difficult questions are, “Why would we NOT intervene professionally for a loved one? And why NOT now?” Addiction and substance abuse reach a point where enough is enough, and the impacts that drugs or alcohol are having on an individual and their loved ones have gone beyond acceptable. In some cases, there is a triggering event like an arrest or a trip to the emergency room. But it is a misconception that you have to wait for someone to hit rock bottom or that an individual has to ask for help. In fact, the sooner you encourage someone to seek treatment, the better — as soon as you start to feel as though their behavior exceeds appropriate boundaries, you should let them know that you are worried about them.
A drug or alcohol addiction intervention can be the best way to express your concern and ensure there is a productive outcome. By bringing families and loved ones together to provide support, you can help your loved one escape the trap of addiction in a safe, empowering space. Interventions also help those around an affected individual to set positive boundaries and agree on ways to handle the situation as a unified front.
Addiction can have a strong grip, but you do not have to live by its rules any longer. As the disease progresses, waiting to seek treatment is destructive not only to the individual but to the loved ones and community around them. Every day of active addiction is a risk to your life, health and happiness. Don’t wait for it to get worse before you start to make it better.
How an Intervention Can Help
Due to popular media portrayals of interventions, there can sometimes be a misconception about what they are and how they work. Sometimes people assume they should be shocking, surprising or dramatic — that an affected individual will be angry or resistant, or that the family members should use it as a time to air their grievances. In reality, an intervention is more likely to be a deeply emotional event. It is meant to be an outpouring of love and support with a heartfelt discussion about how an individual’s addiction is affecting his or her life and the lives of their loved ones. Above all, it is an opportunity for family and friends to express that they care about someone struggling with addiction and that they want to see him or her take steps to heal.
With this in mind, it’s clear how a professionally guided intervention can help someone realize that they need treatment for addiction. Approaching the situation with a level head and a clear plan means you can offer someone a solution for their substance abuse rather than simply call attention to the problem. Professional interventions are one of the best ways to handle an emotional situation while staying organized and focused. With the help of someone who knows the best course of action, you can break the cycle of denial and help your loved one get the treatment they need.
Seeking Professional Help for Your Intervention
A professional interventionist offers a variety of services that make the intervention experience as effective as possible. From the beginning, your specialist will work with you to understand the situation and come up with an individualized plan that accounts for you and your loved ones’ unique position. You will talk through the best ways to keep your friends and family organized so that everyone understands appropriate boundaries and the best ways to be supportive. You will also discuss logistical elements such as locations, times and attendees that won’t cause confusion or resentment. Your interventionist can also discuss appropriate language and topics to ensure that the intervention is a positive experience for everyone. If necessary, a professional can be present at your intervention to serve as a mediator and keep the conversation on track.
It’s also vital to have a plan for what happens after the intervention. You will want to organize treatment options based on your loved one’s needs. Depending on the substance they are addicted to, where they live and what stage of life they are in, there will be rehabilitation centers or therapists offices that will be the right fit. The intervention and recovery professionals at Hired Power can help you plan your intervention and can also suggest ideal recovery options so that your loved one can say yes to treatment right away.
Planning Ahead for Lifelong Recovery
Addiction recovery is a lifelong journey. Even after an addiction treatment program is complete, someone struggling with addiction must commit to choosing sobriety every day and manage their addiction just like any other chronic illness. Starting this journey off on the right foot is one of the best ways to show someone struggling with addiction that there is a better way. Choosing a professional intervention as the first step toward addiction treatment can ensure that recovery is a sustainable and positive experience for everyone involved.
Contact Hired Powered Recovery to Get Started
Do you or a loved one need help? Contact Hired Power today at 714-964-6730 to speak with one of our skilled recovery professionals. We are here to make sure you get the treatment you or your loved one needs, right away.