Intervention Services

Intervention Services

What is an intervention? The fact that you are reading this now tells me that more than likely you recently started asking yourself this question. Webster defines intervention as “the act of interfering with an outcome as to prevent harm or to improve functioning”. As classified by the American Medical Association addiction is a disease. Drug and/or alcohol addiction is a disease that harms our loved ones and prevents our families from functioning properly; it is a family disease. You may have started to realize that your loved one’s addiction is not only dragging themselves down a path of destruction, but they are also dragging you and your family down the path of destruction with them. The book Alcoholics Anonymous warns us that without treatment most will “pursue it to the gates of insanity or death”.

Unfortunately, for many, new and more powerful drugs such as fentanyl have shortened the journey to these very gates. Denial keeps addicts sick; denial keeps families sick. Your addicted loved one believes they can help themselves and you want this to be true; it is the easier softer way. Your loved one is making promises he or she is not capable of keeping. Your family is doing the same when you choose to believe, one last time, that your addict is capable of keeping any promise. You are chasing one temporary fix after another by giving in to their unhealthy demands in exchange for a few brief moments of quietness. All the while you are on eggshells waiting for the next inevitable blowup when the insanity returns. You are losing a tug of war power struggle between your addict, who is certain you are the problem; and your family who is certain that your addict is the problem. Sadly, everyone is right.

Life does not have to be lived this way. The first step for many is to courageously choose to affect the outcome and to prevent further harm to your loved one, an intervention. A well planned, rehearsed, and led intervention for many is the first step of the healing process. Hiring a professional, who understands the importance of each step and has the experience to recognize the inevitable surprises along the way, is the most important step. A well-trained interventionist should have the ability to build a team of members who understand their roles in the process and coach the team members on how to perform their vital respective roles. The correct treatment options will need to be arranged and available immediately once the addict agrees to accept help. We work with several treatment centers with different approaches to treatment and this allows us to tailor the most effective treatment program for your loved one.

Your addicted loved one should be encouraged through love, honesty, and compassion to immediately receive the treatment they need. While it is true that no one can help someone who doesn’t want help, or that people cannot be helped that have not “hit a rock bottom”, it is also true, and important to understand, that the family members and the loved ones of the addict can speed up the process of the addict wanting help and make the trip to the addict’s “rock bottom” shorter. A skilled interventionist will, with the family’s help, manufacture a “rock bottom”. It is important to understand that an intervention is a process. It is a process that when it is implemented correctly it immediately leads the family down the path of the healing and produces the desired outcome of the family’s loved one getting the help they need so that they may join the family in the healing process.

No different than with an addict, the family’s first step on their journey to sanity is to ask for help. How can any family that refuses to ask for help be disappointed or surprised when their loved one won’t ask for help? I encourage you to act now to save the life of your loved one and to begin repairing the damage done to your family by addiction. Remember, the drugs we are competing against are powerful, dangerous, and more deadly than ever. Don’t wait too long, contact us today for a free consultation to see if an intervention is a logical next step for your loved one and your family.