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If someone you love is struggling with a long-term addiction to drugs or alcohol and your entire family is living in chaos, it may be time to consider an intervention. You’ve tried everything and you’re exhausted and feeling hopeless, but how do you know for sure an intervention is the best step?
An intervention is a drastic move and there’s no ironclad guarantee it will work. However, although the process is complicated and frightening, intervention may be the first step on the road to recovery.
Often, you may have a gut feeling that it’s time for an intervention. If you aren’t quite sure, the following guidelines may help you decide:
If you determine it’s time for an intervention, don’t attempt it on your own. Emotions can run high for everybody involved and your loved one may be defensive, or in some cases, belligerent or aggressive.
Even if you do everything right, things can go wrong and your carefully planned intervention can end up doing more harm than good. A trained interventionist can guide the entire process and diffuse the situation if things go awry, and will also help you recognize ways in which you may be enabling the addiction.
As your loved one’s physician or medical provider to recommend an intervention specialist if you aren’t sure how to proceed. You can also contact a drug and alcohol treatment center or rehab in your area. Most addiction treatment centers have an interventionist on staff.