There is nothing logical about the disease of addiction. As the friend, family member or other loved one of someone struggling with addiction, you have likely experienced the frustration, disappointment and hurt that comes from trying to talk about substance abuse in a rational way. It often feels like no matter what you do or say, the addicted individual will continue to make poor choices that harm themselves and those around them.
The truth is that your loved one is not able to make good decisions for themselves while they are stuck in the grip of addiction. Addiction leaves them no choice, and it will continue to take away their autonomy until professional treatment gives them the right tools to overcome their symptoms. The best way to help is to show them a clear, simple path to recovery that makes it easy for them to get treatment — and in many cases, the best way to accomplish this is to hold an intervention.
If you are in the Tampa, Florida area and you believe that an intervention may be helpful or necessary for your loved one, please contact Riverside Recovery at (800) 871-5440. We offer professional guidance in staging an intervention for your loved one, and we can help you get them directly into treatment at our facility as soon as they are ready.
The first steps in getting addiction treatment are often the hardest. Asking for help requires admitting vulnerability to both yourself and others. The task of researching available recovery treatment is time-consuming and can be confusing. Even simply transporting oneself to a treatment facility may feel overwhelming. If an addicted individual feels as though they need to accomplish all of these things on their own, it is easy to see why they would struggle to get themselves into treatment or avoid the idea of rehabilitation altogether.
With an intervention, you can show your struggling loved one that they will not be taking this first step alone. A well-organized, targeted and planned intervention is much more than just another conversation about your loved one’s substance abuse problem — it is a meeting about addiction treatment, aimed specifically at showing the addicted individual that treatment is available and is waiting for them. In a professional intervention, you will work with an interventionist, a treatment center or another behavioral health specialist ahead of time to find an appropriate treatment center and arrange admission and transportation. Then, you can gather the people, thoughts, words and resources you need to show your addicted loved one that it is time to get help. Together you can move toward sobriety, healing and long-term recovery.
Every intervention is different depending on the addicted individual’s situation, the personalities involved and other surrounding circumstances such as a history of treatment attempts or recent problems as a result of the individual’s substance abuse. Working with a professional interventionist will help you sort through many of the possible triggers before the intervention itself, which keeps the meeting on track and moving in the right direction. An interventionist will also help you create a list of constructive topics to address, appropriate people to include and important resources to have on hand.
An intervention is intended to be a dialogue between an addicted individual and their loved ones. It is not an opportunity for friends or family members to air grievances or to tell the addicted individual what they are doing wrong. Instead, the point is to have an open and honest discussion about their substance use, allowing both sides to share their perspectives. The objective is to persuade the addicted individual that it is time for treatment. Participants should remain positive and supportive, encouraging the addicted individual to see that a life in recovery is possible and that sobriety will be healthier and more fulfilling than addiction.
The ideal outcome is that the individual agrees to get help — sometimes they will do so because they believe they need it, and other times it will be a compromise to try it at their loved ones’ request. Once they agree, they can be transported to the pre-arranged treatment program right away, avoiding any complications or changes of heart.
In other cases, the intervention does not go as planned. It may be best to stop the intervention when it becomes ineffective, as it is essential to avoid creating a negative association with conversations about treatment. Some of these situations include: