Gathering friends and family together to discuss the uncharacteristic actions of a loved one is the first step toward an intervention. A problem has been recognized, a substance or disorder is suspected, and everyone has their own opinion on what the next step should be. When the consensus is to move forward and offer help in a formal manner, it’s a good idea, perhaps essential, to engage the services of an interventionist. With this individual, an uncoordinated, vague idea of confrontation is transformed into a focused event complete with a strategy backed up by a recognized intervention model. The situation immediately takes on an air of empowerment. Change is suddenly not only possible but likely. A loving family consisting of worried siblings and concerned parents can take heart in the fresh feelings of hope, and take an active part in the interventionist organized planning stage.
Practical Application of an Intervention Strategy
The strategy laid out by the interventionist could occupy the better part of a day, perhaps even longer depending on both the family structure and the state of addiction that has to be dealt with. Questions have to be answered and roles have to be assigned. Members of the group want to know what the addiction is doing to the family member, what the symptoms are, how long recovery will take. Meanwhile, roles of research are given to each member of the team, detailing the loved one’s condition, learning the true extent of the addiction. Statements of concern and pleas for change are written down and rehearsed, finalizing the preparation.
Asking the addicted loved one to the intervention is an emotionally charged moment that might cause pause, but the support team must move forward with growing momentum. Remember, New Mexico battles drug trafficking from Mexican cartels every day, with the presence of Heroin again trending upward (www.justice.gov). Harness this data and use it along with the model tailored by a Rio Rancho Interventionist. Take turns and state with honesty and conviction all of the reasons the abusive behavior must end. Outline a treatment plan and a rehabilitation center to check into. Enforce the plan with conditions and consequences that will come to pass if the treatment isn’t accepted. Follow-up with visits to the rehab facility, constantly showing the importance of the addicted loved one to the group.