Often, a loved one is in need of encouragement and support to make a decision that, quite possibly, could save their life. While it is blatantly apparent to everyone around them, the individual struggling is the last to know just how destructive their behavior patterns are. During this challenging time, many feel uncertain about what to do and where to begin. An Intervention is when desperation meets preparation.
The purpose of an Intervention is two-fold. First, to motivate an individual struggling with substance use to accept help. Second, to educate and support family & friends to establish healthy boundaries.
To focus on clear objectives, we coach everyone involved with a Pre-Intervention Workshop. Once the Intervention process is complete, we coordinate all essential treatment needs. This will alleviate concerns that might arise along the path of recovery.
The process is outlined as follows:
- Screening of all Proposed Members
- Pre-Intervention Workshop
- Coordination of Care & Treatment Placement Assistance
6 Common Misconceptions
#1: “Interventions are emotionally-charged. I’m worried about backlash”
Interventions are based more in fact than emotion. Through experience, we know that individuals cannot be shamed or punished into abstinence. An Interventionist is best at navigating between logic and feeling. While emotions are often present during interventions, rational thinking allows us to communicate more effectively.
#2: “We should wait for our loved one to seek help on their own”
The truth is, no one can force another person to change. Multiple attempts at controlling the situation have been ineffective. Compounding this uncertainty is the debate of whether or not to wait for them to “grow out of it.” An intervention delivers a message of support and provides a route for action.
#3: “An interventionist can convince my loved one to enter rehab”
For individuals struggling with substance use, perception is a major hurdle. Interventionists are not magicians. We don’t have special words to create the desired outcome. We follow a specific formula to educate and train each family member, while arranging subsequent treatment services for the struggling individual.
#4: “An intervention can take place in a moments notice”
For an intervention to be successful, it needs to be done right, not right away. This means preparation. From a clinical stance, substance use is much more than a coping mechanism – it’s an ineffective solution to a long-term problem. Therefore, altering the trajectory of this behavior does not happen with one conversation.
#5: “If my loved one refuses treatment after the intervention, we’ve failed”
Interventions are considered a process not a single event. As seen above, the purpose of an intervention is two-fold. While the outcome can’t be controlled, an intervention creates healthy boundaries for everyone involved.
#6: “We can conduct our own intervention. We don’t need to hire an interventionist”
Many feel they can persuade their loved one to accept help. Miscommunication and lack of healthy boundaries are in large part, why the majority of self-coordinated interventions end poorly. It is best to have a third-party, experienced professional orchestrate the process.