Drug and alcohol addictions not only affect the user but the entire family. Dealing with a loved one who has an addiction problem can be challenging and leave those close to the person feeling helpless and unsure of how to help.

Understanding Intervention

Often, people struggling with addictions are unaware of how their behaviors affect themselves or the people around them. They may be unwilling to seek treatment for their problems or deny that they have problems at all. Arrow Passage Recovery can help. An intervention can help change the addict, getting him or her into our treatment program before things become even worse. It is important to intervene before things get really bad and not to wait for addicts to seek help on their own. People struggling with addiction often cannot see the extent of their problems.

Once on board, our professional helps family and friends create an intervention strategy. There’s no one-size-fits-all plan for staging an intervention. Our specialists work with intervening parties to address their loved ones’ specific needs. Some people who might help convince a loved one to start rehab include parents, siblings, spouses or partners, co-workers and close friends.

What exactly is an Intervention?

An intervention is a planned attempt by one or more of the addict's family and friends to get the loved one into treatment for the addiction. The addict is not included in the planning of the intervention. Family and friends will have an opportunity to share how the addict has affected their lives. The addict will be offered a treatment plan that is arranged ahead of time, and it will have clear goals and guidelines. If treatment is refused, family and friends should spell out what will they will do. Drug or alcohol intervention specialists at Arrow Passage Recovery can help you plan and implement an intervention.

Some intervention methods may include the addict’s children, grandparents and other elderly family members. However, children and elderly family members must be prepared for intense moments during the confrontation.

We, at APR, have qualified professionals who can help carry out an intervention. A poorly planned intervention may actually make the situation worse. If your loved one feels attacked, he or she may become more isolated and more resistant to treatment. Involving a professional can help to avoid this. A professional is a must if your loved one has a history of mental illness, is suicidal, has a history of violence, is in denial or is likely to become angry at the intervention. An interventionist will suggest the best approach to take with your loved one and help you to help your loved one's particular circumstances.

Substance abuse is a widespread problem, and you are not alone. Arrow Passage Recovery Specialists are available to help you plan and carry out your intervention. Our professionals are available to discuss your options.