Many people who have a loved one with an alcohol or drug addiction problem wonder if they should stage an intervention. This is a difficult decision they may try to avoid, hoping that their loved one will realize that a problem exists and take care of it on their own. The fact is, denial is a strong component of addiction and chances are the addict will not admit that there is a problem. Waiting too long to contact an interventionist and plan an intervention can have disastrous results for both the addict and his or her family. This is why the best time to contact an interventionist is when alcohol or drug abuse has become a recognizable problem.
The intervention process has been used successfully for drug and alcohol rehabilitation for several decades, but it should not be attempted without professional help. A professional interventionist should be consulted early in the process. The interventionist will determine if the loved one is a good candidate for intervention. If an intervention is in order, the interventionist will help with all the details of the intervention meeting, including who should be present, where it should be held, and what course of treatment will be suggested to the subject of the intervention.
During the intervention, the interventionist will guide the discussion and provide a calming influence when emotions run high. The interventionist will help family members and friends explain how they have been impacted by their loved one’s addiction. At the same time, the interventionist will do everything possible to stop the addict from feeling attacked. The emphasis will be on the problems caused by the addiction. Most professional interventionists have experienced a variety of interventions and are prepared to make everyone feel as comfortable as possible. In many cases, the interventionist will be the person who breaks through the addict’s wall of denial and gets him or her to agree to begin a treatment program.