When to have an Intervention?
Addiction brings pain, heartache and hopelessness to the life of the using addict and to their family and loved ones. It drives a wedge between Mother and Father, husband and wife, parent and child. It tears away the fabric of a once loving family and leaves everyone feeling lost and hopeless, just doing their best to get through another day. When all their attempts fail to stop the addict from using, when their pain and heartache become too great to endure any longer the family turns to their only option left.
What are the goals of an Intervention?
1. To have the addict agree to enter a treatment program to start the long process of how to live a life free from the slavery of their addiction.
2. To educate the Family and loved ones about the co-dependency of addiction.
3. To help the family recognize their part in enabling the addict to continue to use.
4. To help the family work together as one unit and finally break this destructive cycle.
5. To give the family the tools and the opportunity to start to heal.
What is the role of the Interventionist?
To be the objective professional who guides both the family and the addict during the intervention.
An intervention is very similar to a play, the interventionist is the director, the family and loved ones are the actors whose dialogue comes straight from their hearts and the addict is the audience. The difference between a play and the intervention is simple, the play is a success when the audience rises to their feet in applause, the intervention is a success when the addict rises to their feet to enter a treatment program and the codependency dynamic of the family comes to an end.
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