When addiction is suspected in a loved one, a family or group of friends may pause, become frozen with indecision. A simple talk to express concern isn’t the solution. It takes the formidable power of a formal intervention to achieve change. Certainly the process can be handled by an organized group, but there are many details to keep track of, and members of the intervention can be far more productive as full-functioning contributors of the confrontation, easing the struggle of an alcohol consuming or drug abusing family member. Besides, this may be a one-off opportunity to help someone overcome addiction, aid them in reaching out for treatment, and every concerned individual in the group wants to ensure the best possible outcome.
What’s being outlined here is the need for an interventionist. This expert counselor knows addictive behavior, and knows exactly how to plan an intervention that will successfully change the self-destructive patterns of addictive behavior, patterns caused by cravings for a euphoric high, or for just one more glass of alcohol. Of course, there are many other addictions afflicting our loved ones, and these benefit just as well from the services of an interventionist.
An Interventionist Brings Many Benefits
No longer does a family head have to split attention by being both an intervention member and organizer, and no longer is the event being planned second-hand from a book or internet resource. The chances for success increase dramatically as the interventionist arrives and becomes familiar with the situation. A strategy begins to form, and every member of the group learns of the nature of addiction in general, and the extent of the cravings present in the loved one. Preparation means being aware of every change of character, and every symptom that comes from substance abuse.
The intervention is underway, and concerned members of the support team are stating the need for treatment and a recovery program, backing up this need with facts for Gresham and Oregon, such as the above average rate of deaths caused by drugs (www.oregon.gov). The Gresham Interventionist monitors the situation and picks a moment for the family to add conditions, terms set by loved ones to ensure treatment is accepted. For example, a mother or father promises not to supply any more money if the addicted sibling checks out of the recovery program.