Before Detox | Intervention Services
If you have a loved one who is deep in denial or refuses to go to treatment, an intervention may be necessary; in particular, if the individual is in danger of hurting themselves or someone else.
In the context of addiction treatment, an intervention is a professionally staged event geared towards helping a loved one enter into a program of recovery. Addiction is a disease of denial, and many men and women who struggle with addiction have a difficult time admitting to themselves and to other people that they need professional help. In some cases, an intervention becomes absolutely necessary. Without entering into a program of recovery, a person could potentially lose his or her life at the hands of addiction, or hurt someone else. At Guardian Recovery Network we have several licensed interventionists on staff, all of whom have extensive experience helping reluctant men and women agree to go to treatment. Because addiction can be so cunning, baffling and powerful, it is often necessary to call in for backup. If an intervention becomes necessary we are readily available to help.
How does an intervention work? The moment you , we put you in touch with one of our licensed interventionists who then gets to work developing a plan of action. The first thing that happens is the interventionist helps the loved ones of the alcoholic or addict compose an intervention team, which will be comprised of close friends and family members, a licensed therapist and the interventionist him or herself. It is important that this “team” is limited to people who have been directly affected by the addiction and who interact with the person on a daily or near-daily basis. Once the intervention team is set in stone, each of the participants writes a letter to their loved one explaining how his or her addiction has impacted their lives in the negative way. It is important that these letters are never accusatory or blaming and that they always come from a place of compassion and genuine concern. The participants also develop personal boundaries that will be expressed during the event.
A date and a time for the intervention is set, and a rehab center is chosen. During the intervention, the loved ones of the person struggling with addiction will offer treatment to their loved one — to be taken advantage of that day. This is why it is important that a rehab is chosen and why transportation plans are already in place. If the person refuses, he or she has to live with a set of boundaries that are also laid out at the intervention. This could mean no more financial support, or being completely cut off from loved ones altogether. Professionally staged interventions are largely successful in helping people receive the treatment they so desperately need. Of course, there is always the possibility that the subject of the intervention still refuses professional help. If this is the case, we offer continued support and regular follow-ups with the family and friends who participated. A second intervention is always an option.