Dealing with an addict is tough, and often enough the first step to helping them recover will be the intervention process. So, before any action is taken, let’s debunk some persistent myths to ensure your intervention goes as smoothly as possible.
Where There is a Will, There is a Way
One of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that getting better is not a matter of willpower. Addiction is a disease, and just like any other disease it must be treated properly. However, we must remember that we cannot force an addict into treatment. The intervention process exists to aid the addict’s realization that they need help.
Many feel that an intervention is only necessary, or will be helpful, once an addict has hit rock bottom. That line thinking is incorrect. Once you’ve realized that your loved one has become an addict, it is never too early to act. While the signs of addiction may be easy to pinpoint, the vaguely defined “rock bottom” might look different for each person.
If at First, You Don’t Succeed
Watching a loved one relapse is painful and can feel like a stab in the back. However, it’s important to note that relapse is often a part of the recovery process. If your loved one has relapsed, there is still hope for them. The reason so many different recovery programs exist is because we are all wired differently. Just because one recovery program failed doesn’t mean there isn’t one capable of helping your addict to a successful recovery.
Television and other mediums often warp the reality of what an honest intervention looks like. Many believe that the only people that should be at an intervention are those that know the addict, this is not entirely correct. It is important to realize that professionals are available to help setup and guide you through the intervention process. Having a professional present can help ensure a safe and productive environment throughout the intervention process.
It is the opinion of many that attempting an intervention will cause irreparable harm to their relationship. While addicts may at first lash out and feel betrayed by those present, those feelings don’t always lead to the addict severing ties. The addict will eventually realize that you only mean to help.
Caught in the Act
Some people falsely believe that the best time to stage an intervention is when the addict is under the influence. Always make sure the addict is in their right mind before staging an intervention. An addict under the influence can be extremely unstable and even violent towards themselves or those around them.
It is important to remember that interventions are only the first step towards getting your loved one the attention needed for a successful recovery, and as with many first steps, they should be taken carefully. For that reason, we offer a wide variety of free information on addiction and recovery. If you know of someone struggling with addiction, don’t hesitate to contact South Coast Counseling to help get your loved one the help they need.