Do Interventions Actually Work?

If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve heard of interventions but may not have actually participated in one yourself. But when someone you love and care about is letting substance abuse take over their life, an intervention can start feeling like the right move. 

But do interventions actually work? 

The answer is not so simple as “yes” or “no”, but the short answer is “they can”. In fact, studies have found that family member involvement in general increases addiction recovery success rates

There are actually a lot of different factors that go into how effective an intervention is, and you will need to take many things into consideration. But above all, it’s important to plan the intervention carefully and not just throw it together. When you’re ready, we invite you to get in touch with our addiction specialists at Footprints of Serenity to start planning an intervention for your loved one. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about how to make an intervention as effective as possible.

Pick the Right Time and Place

Though it can often feel like there’s never an ideal moment for an intervention, that doesn’t mean you can’t be tactful about when you do it. Naturally, you’re going to want to pick a time that works for everyone who will be involved (close friends and family members who have been affected by your loved one’s substance abuse). That said, your priority should be choosing a time when your loved one is least likely to be under the influence, as substance abuse can increase aggression and irrational thinking. It should also be held in a familiar place where they can be comfortable and receptive. Our intervention specialists can work with you more closely to find a good time and place. 

Speak With Love

You are having the intervention because you care about the addicted person. While you may be angry with them for the way they have let their substance abuse affect daily life, the intervention is not the time for yelling or raised voices (getting angry risks only making them mad and non-receptive to help). Your loved one needs to know that you only want what is best for them, and you don’t like watching them destroy their life and relationships.

Even when talking about times that they hurt you the most, it is important to stay calm and avoid accusing tones. With this in mind, consider having everyone write down beforehand what they want to say to your loved one. 

Have an Addiction Treatment Plan in Place

The intervention will not work if you don’t show your loved one that they have the actual power to change. At Footprints of Serenity, we will work with you to find real addiction treatment options that your loved one is eligible for. These options must be presented to your loved one during the intervention so they know that, A) you are completely serious about them getting treatment, and B) the opportunity to change their life has arrived. Some people even choose a treatment program that their loved one can start immediately upon the intervention’s conclusion, so they won’t have the opportunity to run or change their mind later on. 

What If My Loved One Refuses Treatment?

Whether or not an intervention “works” is measured by whether or not the addicted person chooses to get help / enter an addiction treatment program. It’s important to remember that, at the end of the day, your loved one is their own person and is responsible for their own decisions. Sometimes, despite everyone’s best efforts, the addicted person still refuses help. 

If your loved one does refuse to get help or even insists they do not actually have a substance abuse problem, then it is crucial to show them how serious you are. Do so by following through on what you said would happen if they chose to continue down the path of addiction. If you said you would stop answering their calls or giving them rides, go ahead and stop. If you said you would cut them off either financially or emotionally (or both), then you must do exactly that. Above all, do whatever you can to cut off any behavior on your part that may have enabled them. Everyone who participates in the intervention must agree ahead of time to follow through on their promised actions as well.

It’s also important to not give up hope. Once they see how serious the intervention was (by everyone following through on their words), only then will there be a chance of them coming around and seeking help. 

Getting Started

At Footprints of Serenity, we provide both intervention services and addiction treatment program facilitation. Because we believe that people from all walks of life have the capacity to beat addiction and become well again, we work with substance abuse treatment providers across the nation to find the best fit for your loved one and your family. Don’t wait to get help — contact us today to start working towards a brighter, healthier future.

 

The Importance of Interventions

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Addiction, for lack of a better phrase, sucks. It can ruin the addict’s life and also deeply affect the lives of their friends and loved ones. Someone’s addiction can even affect their colleagues and other professional relationships. An addict can experience feelings of hopelessness and if you’ve been caught in the crossfires of someone else’s addiction, you probably feel hopeless too. If you currently know someone struggling with addiction and don’t know how to help them, an intervention is the best way to get them initial help. 

What are Interventions?

The first step for an addict to take to get help is admitting they have a problem. Sometimes addicts hit a ‘rock bottom’ and are able to determine on their own they need help. Other times addicts are so consumed by their addiction they don’t even know they need to stop. An intervention is a tool to help an addict realize they need to stop using drugs or alcohol.

An intervention is a formal process conducted by friends and family of an addict, and a trained professional, such as an interventionist. The end goal of an intervention is to motivate the addict to get help. Help for addiction can include going to a residential treatment center or attending 12-step meetings. Types of addictions that can require interventions are alcohol, illicit drugs, prescription drugs, eating disorders, and even gambling. An intervention is a non-judgemental, safe, confrontation of an addict’s drug use. 

How Interventions Work and The Importance of Interventions

If you are looking to stage an intervention for someone you know or loved one, Footprints of Serenity is happy to walk you through the process. 

A plan will be put in action for you and whoever is attending the intervention before it actually happens. This plan will include gathering information on your loved one’s addiction and researching the best treatment options for them. It’s our hope that at the end of the intervention, your loved one will accept the help offered to them. 

A date, time, and location will then need to be chosen for the intervention. It’s important to pick a date that you know your loved one will be available for. If your loved one currently sleeps late due to their drug or alcohol abuse, the intervention should take place in the afternoon or evening. You’ll also want the intervention to happen in a safe place. If you know your loved one likes going to their parent or sibling’s house, you can have the intervention there. 

During the actual intervention, you will confront your loved one. The interventionist will kick off the meeting usually by letting your loved one know why you are all gathered together. Every person at the intervention will have a chance to let their loved one know how their addiction has affected them and why they think they need help. It’s imperative to come from a place of love when speaking to the addict. You’ll also want to state-specific consequences that are going to take place if your loved one doesn’t accept treatment. If the addict currently lives with you, maybe you’ll ask them to move out. If you currently employ the addict, you can fire them from their job. Make sure to target specific behaviors and not the actual addict. It’s easy to let our emotions get the best of us, especially when we feel hurt, but it’s important to remain calm, and let everyone speak one at a time. 

Benefits of Interventions

  • An intervention will raise awareness to your loved one on how they’re actions while using drugs or alcohol have hurt you 
  • The addict will no longer think their addiction and behavior are a secret
  • The addict will receive the option to get help

It’s common for an addict to not know the extent of their addiction or how to get help. An intervention will let them know that they do indeed need help and it’s out there waiting for them to take advantage of. 

Footprints of Serenity Can Help Intervene

At Footprints of Serenity, we’re dedicated to providing support for you and your loved ones while they battle addiction. We’re here to help you with every step of an intervention. We also offer treatment placement options, recovery coaching, recovery companionship, detox placement, and more.  Contact us today to get help for your loved one! 

Five Tips: Perform an Easier Intervention For a Drug Addict

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When a loved one is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it is normal to feel worried. It is okay to feel angry. It is typical to feel scared, helpless, and afraid. The cycle of substance abuse can be vicious and can leave family members and friends looking for answers. One of the most common tools that loved ones will employ to help someone who is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol is called an intervention. At the same time, some interventions are more successful than others. There are a few tips that everyone should follow to give the intervention the best chance possible at being successful.

Make Sure to Plan Ahead

The first tip is to make sure to plan ahead. When an intervention is successful, it is not because it was spontaneous. It is because it was planned meticulously to ensure it was tailored both to the individual and the people holding the intervention. First, think about the location. The location should have an emotional attachment to the individual, such as a living room surrounded by photos of loved ones. Then, choose a time. Make sure that the individual will be present. It is helpful to know his or her schedule ahead of time. Then, consider having the presence of a licensed interventionist. This is a trained professional who has experience dealing with similar situations. Then, consider taking a practice run ahead of time. Be prepared to offer advice, love, support, and a variety of addiction treatment options. 

Try to Frame it in a Positive Manner

Next, an intervention has a higher chance of succeeding if it is framed in a positive manner. Substance abuse and addiction can not only devastate the health and safety of the individual but can also have a tremendous impact on someone’s psyche. This is how it takes a toll on family members and friends. Yes, an intervention develops out of desperation for the health of the loved one; however, it is critical to phrase this in a positive manner. Point out how many people showed up because they care. Stay away from being judgmental and blaming anyone. Present the facts of the situation. Reiterate that it is possible to recover with the help of trained professionals. This will make the intervention seem like a positive development because it is.

Be Prepared for Tension

Even though it is a good idea to plan for a positive outcome, it is also important to prepare for tension as well. People do not like being confronted with the negative consequences of their actions. It is a good idea to have food and drinks because the intervention may go on for a while and people need to be encouraged to stay. Make sure to remove anything from the room that might be used as a weapon. Sometimes, physical violence can happen; however, with the help of a trained professional, this risk will be minimized. Be prepared for anything to happen at an intervention. 

Think About Inpatient Treatment Ahead of Time

If someone elects to seek medical care as a result of the intervention, it is important to think about inpatient treatment. Often, following a successful intervention, the next few steps can unfold quickly. It can be helpful to have a bed secured ahead of time. If someone has to wait for a bed to come open, he or she might end up with a change of heart. Do not let this happen. Try to call an inpatient facility ahead of time and try to secure a bed as early as possible. Then, after the intervention, the loved one can proceed to substance abuse and addiction treatment quickly. Be prepared to escort him or her to the facility as well.

Remind the Individual They are Loved

Lastly, it is important to remind the loved one that he or she is loved. An intervention takes place out of care and compassion. Even though this can feel like a negative experience, interventions never happen unless someone cares. During this difficult time, remind the loved one that there is a powerful support network and, with everyone’s help, addiction can be conquered. This love is going to be critical during every step of the recovery process, from intervention to inpatient and on through outpatient programs and sobriety. 

Trust the Addiction Treatment Professionals at Footprints of Serenity

At Footprints of Serenity, we are alcohol and drug interventionists in Los Angeles. We provide a unique luxury program that combines modern treatment options with proven traditional methods in order to give our clients the best chance possible of recovering. We are here to help everyone along the journey to recovery with the care and compassion that each individual deserves. To learn more about how we can help you, call us today!