Staging an Intervention
Friends and family members of people addicted to drugs and alcohol often feel helpless. Watching someone struggle with substance abuse can devastates many lives. The situation is far from hopeless, however, as an ever increasing number of people work to end the suffering of those in the grips of addiction.
Substance abuse is proving one of the most expensive and critical issues Americans are faced with today. The ever increasing drug industry has created a whole new generation of people addicted to one substance or another. A common trend in recent years, people start out on prescription medication and eventually graduate to strong, more potent and dangerous street drugs. Alcohol continues to cause more people than any other substance to seek treatment. Whatever the substance or substances that plagues your life, a way to stop exists and may be more accessible than you think.
Professional interventions allow the loved ones of the addicted person to finally help the person get the help that they need. With a variety of intervention strategies to choose from, everyone is sure to find a method that works.
Studies have shown that those who are confronted with an intervention are more likely to stay sober. Often, more than one intervention or confrontations are required before the person abusing substances is compelled to seek treatment. Regardless of how many times it takes, with every intervention a seed is planted that there is a problem and loved ones care and want to help.
For those who are looking to stage an intervention, consider some important tips. An intervention is a conversation that aims at motivating the addicted person to admit a problem and seek help. Choosing the intervention members is of vital importance. A confrontation coming from a person whom the addict has had an abusive relationship with in the past is unlikely to help and could make matters worse. The conversation should stay non-judgmental and steeped in love, not mockery or rage.
Make sure to have a rehearsal for the intervention so as to avoid any unintentional outbursts and to prevent glitches. Prepared written statements are an excellent idea as emotions can run high during an intervention and having a planned and orderly conversation lends the most effective results.
Timing is another important factor to consider. Staging an intervention after an event that perhaps would lead a person to recognize that he or she has a serious problem with drugs or alcohol may be beneficial. It is also vital to make sure that the person who is the subject of the intervention is sober during the confrontation.
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Staging an intervention shows the person struggling with addiction to see how his or her behavior has had a negative effect on others. It also proves to the individual that others love and care about them and how important it is to find a healthier and more productive way of life. All methods suspend judgement and blaming and instead focus on where changes need to occur to have a happy future for all involved. It is never too late to stop the destructive patterns and downward spiral of the disease of addiction.
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