It can be a pain when you were intervened by someone. Take for instance you are running late for your class yet your mom still asks you to take out the trashes or if you are in the middle of finishing your paperwork yet your boss asks you to get him a cup of coffee. People can be annoying at times most especially when they show little sensitivity to what others are doing. But there are also some times when we need to stop what we are doing and answer their commands without grumbling. Say you are playing computer games and your mom asks you to help her out in the kitchen or if your boss only has you to rely on especially when things in the office can get too busy. We are so busy minding our own stuff when we do not notice other people’s feelings. What if their intervention means something or what if their intervention could save your life?
People suffering from addiction to alcohol and/or drugs need the intervention. Overdose of these substances will never do well in one’s body. Are you a child witnessing one of your parents succumbing to the effects of alcohol and/or drug dependency? Are you a wife who is out of your wit’s end figuring out how to deal with your stubborn husband? Are you a husband concerned for your wife and children’s wellbeing? Are you a parent who must act upon the horrible situation your child is under before it is all too late? Are you a friend who only thinks of the best for your pal?
We need you to act upon your uneasiness over the bad habits of your loved ones. Man up or woman up and tell him or her that you have some concerns about his or her wellbeing. You can make the first step into encouraging a positive change unto the life of your cherished friend or family member. We know you only want what is best for your beloved but standing up to them and telling them right away about these concerns of yours may not be the best option. Many people who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol do not seem to admit that they are under such influence, instead they still continue to partake in these substances without even knowing that they are, without a doubt, experiencing an awful phenomenon called addiction.
What is an intervention?
An intervention allows a friend or a family member or more to show or express to a loved one about the latter’s problems on excessive consumption of dangerous substances. The process allows the alcohol or drug addict to be aware of his addiction and learn to accept the problem so as not to make things worse. An intervention can help you:
- Provide an opportunity to express your feelings on how the vice have been disruptive on the addict and onto his family and friends.
- Decide on the best treatment to be taken by your beloved for the common good
- Present the addict the prices to be paid if they choose not to accept treatment
Staging an intervention can be very tricky and may require courage in order to be successful. The process may be successful if done right and sometimes; it can lead to further breakdowns, hurts and broken relationships. This is due to the fact that we are always looking at the bright side – that they will just stop their vices one day and that everything that has happened was just a bad dream. Truth is it will never stop not unless you do give them a wakeup call.
How to initiate an intervention for the alcoholic?
Alcoholics who have not realized the price they have to pay for drowning themselves in too much alcoholic substance need a tap on the shoulders. Alcohol intervention is the process of staging an intervention for an alcoholic. It may be an emotional roller coaster when you begin the process but it is an assurance that you will start living on a new and renewed life once you reach the finish line.
What is the end process of the intervention?
It is best to hope for that during the alcohol intervention, the addict who now becomes the patient will be able to give up alcohol for good and embrace the life of sobriety. You should know that 100 percent abstinence is not always the ultimate goal of an intervention process.
How to start an intervention for a drug user and addict?
Drug intervention is a process that enables drug dependents to realize the extent of the harm of their dependency towards these harmful substances. A drug user is never aware of the fact that problems have been piling up and changing his or her life together with the lives of his or her family and the community. These individuals need a feedback on their behavior through a non-judgmental, non-critical and systematic process. This can only be done with a proper drug intervention process.
What is the end process of the intervention?
The goal of the intervention is for the addict to get a grasp of the reality and the damages that has been done while being under the influence of drugs and those that will happen in the future if he or she does not decide to get “fixed.” You should always remember that you must take the case delicately as the addict may experience being cornered and alone if the process is not done professionally. Ask for a professional advice and start acting now.
Steps in the intervention process
It is essential for you to be aware the different steps in either alcohol intervention or drug intervention for you to be more than aware of the events that will unfolded in your lives. The following are the steps in the intervention process:
Before doing anything, planning is the best and wisest thing to do because interventions require much thought, and specific attention to the needs and circumstances of the addict. The first goal is to make them participate in the treatment procedures.
- Preparing others and yourself
Interventions can inevitably be dramatic and emotional. It may stir confusions and misunderstandings on the part of the addict. Consult healthcare professionals to give you tips and advices on how to respond to these types of situations successfully.
- Gathering the intervention team
The intervention team should comprise of:
An expert who can either be a physician or a therapist
The addict himself or herself
Some family members or friends
- Adding consequences if necessary
When should we add consequences? It is during moments when the addict refuses to take the intervention process seriously, recoils and walks away from the process. These consequences may include not allowing the addict to stop communicating with some family or friends, taking away a possession they hold dear or asking them to move away until they are ready to receive treatment.
- Opening up
For the addict to fully understand the significance of the treatment, family members or friends should voice out their feelings and concerns.
- Presenting the option for treatment
After everyone could speak out their minds, you must consider compromising with the addict on which options he or she wants and prefers for his or her treatment
What will you do if your loved one refuses to be treated?
Expect that you cannot totally make the decision of your beloved person. There are some cases wherein the addict will refuse treatment. The best way you can do if this happens in your case is to be patient and allow the addict some time to think over his or her plan for his or her own life.