by Summit Estate Recovery Center
Often, the hardest step for someone who suffers from alcohol or drug addiction is to admit he or she has a problem. You may be wondering how to approach the subject with your loved one without causing anger or resentment, and you may feel you lack the proper tools to adequately address the issue.
If you and your family feel this way or you’ve attempted to talk to your loved one with no avail, and they can’t see that their actions are destructive, it may be time to seek the knowledge and services of a professional interventionist.
Find out five ways a drug intervention specialist can help your loved one and your family.
Five Ways Interventionists Help
1. They Are Prepared For Anything The Loved One May Do Or Say
An intervention can be an extremely tense event. Both the loved one and his or her family and friends present at the intervention can often experience heated emotions. An intervention specialist is prepared for any type of situation and is trained to respond appropriately and effectively. They are also trained to keep communication healthy and non-confrontational.
2. They Help The Whole Family
When someone needs help for drug and alcohol abuse, sometimes family structures need to change as well. An interventionist can help the family know what their roles should be in both supporting the person suffering from addiction and in changing any unhelpful behavior.
3. They Keep An Emotional Distance
Since the interventionist doesn’t know your loved one personally, he or she can remain objective during the intervention. This neutral position can help him or her keep a clear head and address things in an appropriate manner. This often helps your loved one feel less “accused” or “attacked” and more likely to accept help for their addiction.
4. They Often Gain The Loved One’s Trust
It can be difficult for family members and friends to really understand what their loved one is going through, unless they have suffered from addition themselves. Your loved one has a higher likelihood of trusting the specialist and even of telling the specialist more information than he or she would likely tell the family.
Interventionists often pursue their occupations due to a personal connection with drug and alcohol recovery. Their knowledge and non-biased relationship can help put your loved one at ease.
5. They Give Your Loved One Tools For Success
Even though the loved one’s time with the drug intervention specialist may be brief, he or she can help them understand the importance of treatment even before it begins. When your loved one is clear about why he or she is going, and has reached a place of acceptance and true willingness to change, they have a much greater chance of making true progress during recovery and continuing after the program.