Do you have a spouse or loved one that won’t admit that they’ve lost control of their drinking or drug use?
A family intervention may be the answer.
My name is Aimee and I’m a recovering alcoholic — therefore, I have a lot of experience with denial. So I’ll make this easy for you.
You should probably stage an intervention if your loved one is:
While there are many intervention models to consider, the Systemic Family Model Intervention continues to be one of the most effective.
Following are some key points to consider when determining if an addiction intervention is right for you…
Keep in mind that your loved one doesn’t want to hurt you (or themselves) with their addiction. As much as it might appear this way — they don’t want to live in active addiction.
This was definitely true for me.
We suffer from the disease of addiction, therefore we aren’t actively choosing this lifestyle. If you keep this in mind when staging the intervention, your results will likely be more positive.
To put it simply, an intervention is essentially a confrontation.
Some interventions are handled formally and some informally, but each is intended to convince the sufferer that’s it’s time to get help.
These are some common intervention techniques:
Although family members may have addressed their loved one’s drug or alcohol problem before with little success, family is often the primary reason that addiction sufferers do seek treatment.
That alone should give plenty of motivation to stage an intervention.
What’s different about the Systemic Family Model of Intervention
In reality, family members may feel betrayed, angry, sad, and inclined to “attack” with their words — which is why having an interventionist is so helpful.
Professional interventionists are trained to:
Now that you’ve decided to stage an intervention, you might be wondering what, exactly, you can expect during the intervention.
While the outcome depends on many factors, here are some tactics you should definitely consider:
The family history, the user’s medical and psychological state, and a host of other factors will determine how you proceed further.
Regardless of whether the intervention is informal or formal, the addict should not to be degraded, criticized, or humiliated.
And here’s the good news: recovery is possible (but not easy) and I’m living proof of that!
In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some additional resources to help you decide how to stage an intervention yourself and what to do afterwards:
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