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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.

An Intervention Can Make a Difference

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.

What to Expect During and After An Intervention

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:

  1. The individual may arrive at the intervention under the influence. They will not be able to think clearly or make appropriate decisions, so it is best to wait and try again on a date when the individual is sober.
  2. The individual may react with hostility or anger. If the situation cannot be calmly de-escalated, you should stop the intervention and try again at a later date. If the addicted individual has a history of responding negatively to discussions about their substance abuse, you can talk to your interventionist about de-escalation techniques or about having a professional mediator present. If at any point you feel that you or the other participants are in danger, you should stop the intervention and first get to safety.
  3. Finally, the individual may simply feel that they do not need addiction treatment. If they cannot be gently convinced or persuaded, do not try to force them into treatment and do not respond with frustration or anger. Recovery takes time, and interventions do not always work on the first try. However, you should have consequences in place — such as ceasing financial support — and you should be prepared to enforce them if treatment is refused.

Professional Interventions in Tampa, Florida

While popular media portrayals of interventions might make them seem like events you could organize on your own, it is essential to enlist the help of a professional interventionist or intervention service. Improperly planned interventions can go wrong in many different ways, and an intervention that becomes heated or emotionally charged can damage an addicted individual’s long-term willingness to seek or receive treatment. With professional guidance, the intervention will have substance and structure, and you will have a plan in place for either a positive or negative outcome.

Riverside Recovery in Tampa, Florida, works with the families or loved ones of potential clients to help them arrange an intervention alongside admission to our treatment programs. If your loved one is struggling with substance abuse, we are able to help you create a plan, start to finish. Including the intervention, admissions process and transportation to our facility. This ensures our team is ready to welcome your loved one after the intervention is complete. Please contact us at (800) 871-5440 to learn more about intervention resources in the Tampa area or to find out if our addiction treatment programs are right for your loved one.