Why Addiction Requires a Professional Intervention Specialist
Many people believe that getting a loved one into addiction treatment is as simple as confronting the addict with a group of friends and family. This approach can do more harm than good, however.
In fact, there is a long list of barriers that can prevent someone from getting the addiction treatment they desperately need.
That’s why it’s so dangerous for families to take on the challenge of staging an intervention without support from a professional. There’s a reason only one-fifth of the current 20-plus million addicted individuals are getting the treatment they truly need. Actually, there are many reasons.
Examining the barriers preventing individuals from seeking treatment – as well as the ways that family members deter their loved ones from getting help – highlights the importance of working with a drug and alcohol addiction intervention specialist.
Challenges Faced When Arranging an Intervention on Your Own
Families sometimes anticipate that guiding their loved one into rehab for drugs and alcohol will be a straightforward process. Unfortunately, family-organized, informal interventions rarely go so smoothly.
Common challenges faced when arranging an addiction intervention include:
- The addict points fingers at others and refuses to take responsibility.
- The family can’t decide where to send their loved one for rehab.
- Family members continue to enable the addict before and after the intervention.
- The addict agrees to treatment initially but then changes his or her mind.
Working With a Drug and Alcohol Intervention Specialist
By bringing in a specialist to help, families can overcome many of the common pitfalls that undermine an intervention. That’s because an intervention specialist is trained to do more than speak with addicts about getting help. They also have experience in coaching families to create healthier, less codependent relationships at home.
Toxic relationships between family members can be the original cause of a drug addiction or they can encourage a person to keep up a substance abuse habit. That’s why working with an addiction intervention specialist is so important. With the help of a professional, the family can get to the root of a troubling addiction problem.
Interventions Need to Address Family Roles
Being that an individual’s drug abuse is often influenced by his or her relationships with family members, these relationship dynamics need to change, or else there will be a greater chance the individual will eventually fall back into old habits even if he or she agrees to enter treatment.
A professional, comprehensive intervention should include the following steps:
- Coaching the family to end behaviors that encourage or enable addiction at home
- Preparing a path to treatment for the addict prior to the intervention
- Communicating to the addict the family’s desire for him or her to enter treatment
- Guiding the struggling individual into a treatment program directly after he or she agrees to get help
Alcohol Intervention Challenges
A comprehensive approach to an addiction intervention is even more important when the loved one is abusing alcohol. That’s because alcohol is legal, extremely accessible and culturally acceptable. The entire family must be dedicated to changing enabling behaviors that may have facilitated the addiction.
Likewise, it is even more vital that treatment begins immediately after the alcohol intervention. One “last hurrah” could quickly turn into a life-threatening case of alcohol poisoning.
Addiction Healing For The Entire Family
Family First Intervention, in partnership with Addiction Treatment Services, is a nationwide provider of drug and alcohol intervention services that get results for addicts and families alike. The organization connects families with intervention specialists who will provide consultation, assessments, insurance verification and intervention planning and execution.
You can visit Family First Intervention or reach out to us directly if you have questions about addiction treatment or working with an intervention specialist. We also encourage you to learn more about the various family roles in a loved one’s addiction by reviewing our free eBook.