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The Intervention Process

You have probably heard the expression, where there is a will there is a way. Well this is an expression which holds true for individuals who need to overcome drug or alcohol addiction, and the family and friends who want to help them accomplish this. Sometimes, actually most time, will-power and the decision to stop abusing drugs or alcohol isn't enough. This is because one's will is overcome by the powerful hold that drugs and alcohol can take on a seemingly strong-willed person even after just a short period of time. As someone's life spirals more and more out of control because of substance abuse, it may seem to the person that there is no hope and they are condemned to a life of addiction. This is a viscous cycle that can continue until there are dire circumstances, some which are irreversible. However, it doesn't have to reach this point for someone to be able to get help, and it certainly doesn't have to reach what most people would call "rock bottom" before friends and family members can intervene to help someone caught up in the viscous cycle of addiction.

When is Intervention Necessary?

Individuals whose addiction is intervened upon early fare extremely well in effective treatment programs, and there is no need to wait until a dire point in their addiction before an intervention can be performed. And intervention is an actual process, with very exact steps. It isn't just a matter of sitting the person down and telling them that they are doing a destructive thing and making them feel bad about themselves. Anyone loved one or friend who has tried this approach can tell you, it doesn't work. An alcohol or drug intervention is a well-choreographed process that is done out of love and concern for someone who may never get help on their own. The subject of the intervention is often unable to help themselves or has not gotten help because they feel ashamed, or very often because they are in denial about their problem. They can either be in denial that they have a drug or alcohol problem in the first place, or be completely disillusioned that they can stop whenever they want. This is very often the case, and is a prime example of why an intervention is often necessary.

What Happens During an Intervention

An intervention is composed of participants who will assist in the goal of helping convince the subject of the intervention that they need to put an end to the self-destruction that substance abuse has caused. The way this is accomplished if by each participant communicating to the addicted person how substance abuse has negatively impacted their lives and the lives of their family and friends, but more importantly what can be done to fix this right away. An intervention is focused primarily on the solution, instead of making the person feel even more ashamed than they already do. It provides a way out, one which they may not have considered before, to preserve what love is still left in their lives and to have hope that one day this can all be behind them.

One important aspect of an intervention is to have bottom-lines that will be enforced if the individual will not accept the help offered at the intervention. The logic behind these bottom-lines is two-fold. For one, family members and friends cannot continue to have their lives destroyed by someone else who won't help themselves. Secondly, family member and other loved one must stop the enabling process which will only make the individual's addiction worse. So if someone will not accept help at an intervention, consequences must be enforced out of love and concern, which will very likely be enough due pressure to convince the addicted individual to go to drug rehab in the end.

Seek Help from a Professional Interventionist

When someone accepts help as part of an intervention, it is important to have everything in order so that they can leave for drug rehab immediately without delay. Family members and friends can come together to arrange obvious logistics, and of course make preparations with the drug rehab of choice to make sure they are prepared for their arrival. Work with a professional treatment counselor and as needed for guidance and support during an intervention process, and enlist the help of a professional interventionist if at all possible who can help make sure the intervention is a success. While it is completely alright to hold an intervention without one, having an interventionist on board to educate, mediate and keep the intervention process on the straight and narrow can be an invaluable asset.

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