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Do Interventions Even Work?

Do Interventions Even Work?

Interventions are nobody’s idea of a good time. Sometimes, it is the only way to convey the message that a loved one’s drinking or drug use is out of control. Even though some family and friends may have good intentions, the efforts to intervene may not go as planned. At best, the person may hear what everyone says and seek help. At worst, an intervention gone wrong may force a person further into addiction, refusing to ever cooperate with those people involved again. Learn more about interventions, how they work and why, sometimes, they don’t work (but can with the right support).

Life Saver, Maybe?

A surprise encounter with a group of loved ones may not help you get past addiction. When an intervention is done by a trained interventionist, the success rate is nearly 90 percent. If a professional is not hired, the rate of success highly depends on many factors. The best way to make sure a loved one says ‘yes’ to seeking help is to try the following:

  • Don’t yell, shame, or point fingers. Assigning blame or venting anger may only push the loved one to become defensive and leave the intervention. Make clear distinctions between the person and the disease.
  • Keep it short and sweet. Nobody wants to hear a long-winded explanation as to why you think your loved one needs treatment. Be concise and to the point. If you keep going on and on it may turn the person’s ears right off.
  • Do the legwork. Telling them to go get treatment may feel overwhelming. Confirm the facility has openings and aligns with the loved one’s personality and values.
  • Follow through. Your loved one needs to realize consequences you’ve laid out if treatments don’t help. Be emotionally prepared to follow through with what you’ve said, even if it means changing the nature of your relationship once the intervention is over.

Make it Work

Interventions can be effective. Many times they are what finally convinces a person to seek help for substance abuse. While you might feel there’s no time to waste, it is crucial to have a game plan before initiating an intervention. If you need help, there are trained individuals who have done this hundreds of times and may be able to support your journey through the experience. Your ultimate goal needs to be helping the loved one become sober and clean. If that loved one struggles, seek additional help.

If you are wondering whether you want to take on an intervention on your own or need help, call us. We provide support from detox to recovery. On the other side of intervention is a recovery program that supports a loved one through the process of getting clean and sober. We will help your loved one start the journey of healing. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401