When a loved one is ambivalent about entering drug rehabilitation despite an obvious physical and psychological dependence and a slew of negative consequences, family members often feel as if they have nowhere to turn. An intervention provides them with the light of hope and gives them a positive way to confront their loved one about their addiction. When staged in consort with a professional family mediator, an intervention can:
- Provide family members with a safe place to confront their addicted loved one about his or her addiction
- Allow families to offer their addicted family member the opportunity of drug rehab
- Stage a non-confrontational discussion that is nonjudgmental and focused on eliciting positive change
- Draw the “line in the sand” when it comes to making it clear that if the addicted person does not choose treatment, their family members will no longer support them in their addiction behaviors
Staging an intervention can change an addicted person’s life. At Constellation Behavioral Health, we offer families the opportunity to stage an intervention prior to helping their loved one enter treatment and connect them with the services of a professional interventionist upon request.
While it may seem counter intuitive that an intervention can be an act of love when it means forcing someone to hear some difficult and personal truths, family members are urged to put their anger or hurt feelings to the side and focus instead on doing and saying everything possible to convince their addicted loved one to agree that drug rehab is the best option for them. In order to uphold the basic principle of nonjudgmental support, family members are encouraged to:
- Plan the intervention in advance and plan what to say prior to addressing the addicted person.
- Enroll in personal therapy to begin the process of dealing with the pain associated with living with an addicted person.
- Consider taking part in family therapy with the addicted person at a later date.
- Consider carefully what form of support is most appropriate to remove. For example, a spouse may say that she will file for divorce if her husband refuses to go to treatment. A parent may say that they will stop paying for college if an addicted child will not enroll in drug rehab.
- Consider not attending the event if they have alcohol or drug issues of their own or are concerned about their ability to remain focused on the goal at hand.
After each participant has a chance to share a story that helps the addicted person to recognize that they are living with a debilitating addiction and understand that they will benefit from drug addiction treatment, the goal is to have them leave immediately for the rehab center. A family member should enroll the addicted person in a treatment program prior to staging an intervention and pack a bag for them to take with them as well. Should the addicted person agree to get help, they are invited to leave immediately in order to avoid a change of heart the next day or a “bargaining” session in which the addicted person tries to evade treatment later.
Definition of Success
At first glance, if an intervention does not end with the addicted person agreeing to go to rehab, many believe that it is unsuccessful. However, patients often report that their families staged two or more interventions before they entered drug rehab, and though they were not happy during the events, they were later grateful that their family did not give up on them.
Contact us to learn more about how we at Constellation Behavioral Health aid family members in getting an addicted loved one into the treatment program they need to heal. Speak to our Alta Mira Recovery Program specialists at 866-922-1350 or online through our confidential contact form.