It is difficult to watch as a family member or loved one struggles with addiction or a mental health crisis. You want to help the person you love to make changes in their life that will increase their long-term health and quality of life.
One of the best ways to intervene is to host an intervention. Interventions are common but often misunderstood.
An intervention is used to encourage the individual struggling with addiction or their mental health to get the help they need. During the actual intervention, family and friends will sit down with the addict in a safe space and non-accusatory setting to voice their concerns and provide a solution–oftentimes, this will be an in-patient treatment program.
Unfortunately, many friends and family will decline to take part in an intervention due to common myths and misconceptions. Below, we discuss the three most common misconceptions.
While it is true that addicts must be willing to accept help and make corrections to their lifestyle, however, most addicts are incapable of asking for help. While an intervention isn’t planned to force an individual to enter treatment, it will most likely take the said intervention of loved ones for them to understand they do need the help.
It’s imperative that you not wait to help your loved ones get the treatment they need. You might wait too long and lose them forever.
Many believe that an addict needs to hit “rock bottom” before the intervention would be successful in getting them to enter treatment. The truth is that many addicts do not know what rock bottom is and when they have reached it. An intervention can actually help in preventing an addict from reaching severe lows.
By working with a professional interventionist or mental health professional, you can help your loved one begin the recovery process before reaching the bottom.
Many family members and friends disagree with the intervention process because they believe the addict’s issues aren’t severe enough and that all they need is some additional willpower to break their addiction. This can’t be further from the truth. An addict cannot simply stop using drugs or alcohol with a little extra motivation. They need tools and professional help.
An intervention is often the key to presenting them with the necessary tools and treatment. An intervention may be the one tool that is powerful enough to make a difference.
Whether you’re searching for Minneapolis Crisis Intervention services or professional interventionists in St. Paul, contact Drew Horowitz & Associates today. We offer help with interventions, sober coaching, sober companions, and more. We’re available for emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Don’t wait to get your loved ones the help they need.