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Until an addict admits to having a problem and be willing to get treatment, there is usually no other course of action a family can take. At Substance Intervention, we offer Denver interventions that give you a chance to hold up a mirror to the addict’s situation.
What makes interventions work?
The power of an intervention lies in the participants expressing concern and having compassion towards the addict. This is the reason why our interventionists will have you write letters to the addict. By writing a message, you get the opportunity to reflect on the addict’s welfare. Select your words carefully and cover all essential points you would like to mention. They allow you to express your concerns without placing blames or threatening the addict.
By sharing concerns and tying feelings to your statements, the addict gets to feel how much their friends and family care about their wellbeing. They see how much their addiction is affecting those around them, making them more receptive to the idea of going into rehab. And this is the primary purpose of Denver interventions, getting the addict to appreciate the severity of their addiction and be willing to do something about it.
Staying supportive through rehab
For the process to go well, it should stress love and concern. A confrontational approach will only make the addict feel attacked. When considering addiction intervention, there are some guidelines that the group should follow. Before the meeting;
- Participants should receive training on addiction as a disease
- They should draft concise, well-rehearsed letters which put more focus on the positives
- The location agreed upon should be on neutral territory
- The participants invited to take part in the intervention should include close friends, family members, and colleagues when appropriate
- The process should be limited to an hour or 90 minutes at most
- There should be an addiction evaluation scheduled to take place after the meeting
Do interventions ever fail?
More often than not, addicts agree to evaluation after the intervention. However, there are instances where they don’t. We do not consider this failure because the participants get equipped with the right skills in dealing with the addict. They learn about addiction as a disease, how they are enabling the habit, and how support groups can help with the situation. With this knowledge and skills, they can better handle themselves and the addict moving forward.
Even when they do not agree to treatment, most addicts are usually grateful for the concern and support family and friends show during the process. This plant seeds of recovery in their mind. Upon contacting our team for Denver interventions, our addiction specialist will walk you through the whole process. They let you know whether this is the best course of action for your family.
We, at Substance Intervention, plan ahead, arranging for transportation from the meeting place to the treatment center of your choice. We will even arrange for sobriety support after treatment, to make sure your loved one remains healthy and sober.