If someone you love is addicted to drugs and spiraling out of control, you probably have tried several methods to get them to stop. Most times, this means you have to issue threats, and worry endlessly as the addicted person in your life makes promises only to relapse and then start all over again. Only a small number of people are able to surmount this challenge and get treatment. Many times the only option available is to get an intervention specialist involved. Intervention is different from what is shown on reality shows, it is a methodically planned process which includes long hours of pre-intervention work before the addicted person is even approached.
The pre-intervention work is one of key steps to a successful outcome, it is the stage where specific goals are set, the intervention specialist gets to know the troubled person through the eyes of their love ones, treatment options are reviewed, the intervention is rehearsed and the plan for intervention is set.
The major benefit of getting an expert involved in this process is that the person is not a member of the family and has not been compromised or manipulated in anyway by the addict. Most families living with addiction are very familiar with the ways people keep up with the habit. They only reveal what they want you to know. This makes it even harder for a family to band together and deal with the situation as a collective.
The intervention weeds out all the manipulation, lies and subterfuge and opens the real picture of the addict. This way the addict can no longer conceal his or habit through the chaos they have created. A lot of addiction interventionists also offer follow up case management and counseling. There are a lot of benefits in getting a neutral party involved to manage the stages of admission, treatment, discharge and after care support.
Family members are often not trusted because they are imbedded in the system that has maintained the problems and forces the addict to face their shame that so often comes with issues of addiction. If you are having issues with a loved one who is an addict, the first thing to do is to seek the advice and help from a qualified professional.
An Interventionist might just be what you need to help your family move towards recovery.