Ideally, addicted individuals will choose a path of recovery on their own accord. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Much of the time, it is friends and family members who first notice the dangers and behaviors of addiction. The levels of self deception and denial run deep.
Interventions become necessary when it becomes clear that a loved one cannot be motivated to seek help on their own.
This is often due to a couple factors:
- The addicted person does not see the perilous predicament they have placed themselves in. They do not comprehend the dangerous road they are traveling.
- Family has lost credibility in the eyes of the addicted person. Loved ones have made multiple attempts to establish boundaries with little-to-no positive effect.
Over time, addicts become skilled at the art of manipulation and the removal of these boundaries. Often, loved ones will simply concede in an effort to avoid confrontation or discomfort.
Are You An Enabler?
In order to help your addicted loved on, you must first determine whether or not you are contributing to the problem at hand. It’s not uncommon to find friends and family members who would rather minimize a problem than address it hands on. Loved ones who find themselves acting as a cover (making excuses, calling into work, etc.) for the addict are only enabling the actions.
Working With An Interventionist
Addicts must be able to view and understand the consequences of their actions before willingly seeking treatment. Making the decision to utilize one of our professional Summit Behavioral Health interventionists to guide you through the process is the first step in helping the addict successfully obtain the treatment they require.
Interventions are extremely helpful in getting addicts to realize the extent of their issues. They also provide individuals with an understanding of the hurt caused to their friends and family members.
An intervention is an event in which a group of close friends and family members are able to openly express their love and concerns to the addict in a way that is positive, loving and safe.
During the intervention, each member of the concerned party will take turns reading pre-written letters to the addict; expressing their love, concern and desire for them to accept treatment. As some addicts may become defensive and hostile, it is the interventionist’s duty to act as mediator to ensure that everyone is able to communicate in an effective manner.
Set Up An Intervention
If you have questions or concerns, Summit Behavioral Health is the place to turn. Pick up the phone today and let our team of interventionists help your family back on track toward the healthy, happy lifestyle you’ve been missing.