The Anatomy of an Intervention - SALS Recovery Houses

The Anatomy of an Intervention

There may be nothing sadder for us than to see a loved one embroiled with an addiction.  Addictions don’t just ruin the life of the person who can’t seem to free themselves from the chains.  It also impacts everyone around them.

The Anatomy of an Intervention

It’s easy for an addict to get hooked and hide the addiction for a while, but then changes start taking place.  Money starts missing.  Possessions end up being sold.  Their physical appearance deteriorates.  They start to lose interest and focus on the things that mattered to them the most.

Many lose or quit their jobs as they become consumed by the need to supply their habit.  They become secretive and paranoid, hiding from the rest of the world.

When you start to see a loved one going through this process, it can be really difficult knowing what to say.  Out of love and concern, many family members will be adamant and forceful about recovery, but the addiction is stronger than even family bonds.

The most successful way to convince a loved one to enter rehab and take care of their addiction before it kills them is by having an intervention on their behalf.

Hiring an Interventionist

There’s a lot of specialized knowledge that comes with being an intervention expert.  They have vast experience in dealing with all different types of addictions.  Not all situations are equal to the next, but there’s a core value of care and understanding they use to help both addicts and families come together.

A typical addict finds themselves living in a world of denial.  They deny that there’s anything wrong, that drugs or alcohol are hampering them, and that their life is in jeopardy.  They may feel like they have everything under control while being chained to their drug of choice.

An intervention specialist knows how to break these denials and put the addict on a one-way trip to recovery.  They also do a lot of work behind the scenes preparing family members for the inevitable showdown.

The Intervention Process

Trying an intervention on your own is never the right answer. It can often make the situation worse by alienating the addict.  That’s where an intervention specialists can help turn the tide and get the loved one on track.

The Intervention Process

They know how to develop the right strategy and put it into motion for everyone involved.  He or she will form the intervention group who will participate in the actual confrontation.  This may be anyone in the addict’s life, but those who are most sensitive, like children, should be prepared for some potentially wild and intense scenes.

Once the group has been formed, the specialist will take the time to educate each person on the psychology of addiction as well as what they can say and what they shouldn’t.  There may be one or several rehearsals where the group practices how the situation might go.

The Actual Meeting

The specialist will choose a safe place to conduct the intervention.  He or she will also coordinate communication with the addict to meet and discuss the situation.  The difficult part is predicting how the meeting will go.

The Actual Meeting

It can often be unpredictable and explosive.  That’s another area where the specialist can help.  They have extensive training in knowing how to handle and calm down those tense situations.  He or she may also have instructed the family members how to react during those moments as to not escalate the frustrations.

At the end of the day, an intervention is designed as a last-ditch effort to get a loved one into rehab and therapy and to confront the denials of the addict itself.  Seeing everyone together and hearing heartfelt testimonies might be what it takes to finally convince them it’s time to change their life.

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