You might be asking, when is this step imperative to my loved one getting well? Who needs intervention? We see people going and checking themselves into treatment facilities, or expressing that they, themselves, are aware that they need help. This usually happens when the reality of their situation is brought to light through their own misfortunes of the addiction. Addiction takes everything that matters to the addict; family, friends, jobs, money, and most importantly, happiness. Once all these things are lost, the addict can begin to see how hopeless they are. A lot of times reaching this “rock bottom” will cost the addict their life. In some cases all could be lost and the disease of addiction still fools the addicted individual. The bottom is continually getting lower and lower. This is a good example of when an intervention is necessary.
Addiction kills, and when the family is in crisis because of this disease and the addict is unwilling to look at getting help something needs to intervene. A professional intervention is a great opportunity for help to come in and bring the reality of the situation to the addict. Instead of squaring off in a power struggle with the disease, the professional has tools of taking away, in a kind and loving approach, the things (enabling) which help keep the delusions and the addiction alive.
To determine if your loved one needs intervention, there are some things we will look for first. As a family, has what you have been doing working? Is doing nothing an option? Are you in crisis? Have you approached your loved one to get well, and have they rejected this? These are just some things to think about. I have seen families hear countless empty promises and hope that eventually things will change. In doing this, there is so much pain. You don’t have to be a hostage to this addiction any more.