Families dealing with a drug addicted loved one will stop at nothing to get them help. Suffering from addiction is incredibly painful, especially for families who have to sit back and watched someone they love destroy their lives. As an addiction progresses an individual life becomes more and more hectic, which transfers to those around them. The life of a family dealing with addiction is in perpetual chaos. Addiction can cause separation in the families as members struggle to understand their roles in the addiction. Many family members end up enabling the addiction without knowing. Getting an addict to see and understand their problem is one of the most difficult steps to helping an addict. “Intervention” is a popular show on the A&E network, which displays families dealing with an addiction and the intervention they host. The show is currently boasting extraordinary successful rehabilitation rates, much higher than any other rehabilitation center. Which leads the question, how realistic is the show?
Hosting an intervention is a great way to get an addict to see and understand their addiction. An intervention is a meeting where family, friends, and co-workers confront an addict about their addiction. There are different types of interventions, but the best way to host a successful intervention is to hire a specialist. By hiring a certified, licensed, and referenced intervention list families can guarantee that their intervention will go accordingly. This does not mean that the addict is guaranteed to accept treatment, but it will not end in failure either. Professional interventionalists are prepared for any situation that may or may not come up. They will make families aware of what to and not say during the intervention, who is allowed to speak, when and how long they are allowed to speak, and divert disaster. When the situation becomes too hostile or dangerous a professional will stop the intervention and allow them to walk away; rehabilitation must be the addict‘s decision. If the family is enabling the addictive behavior then the professional will advise them to cut the addict off financially. They will be prepared with more than one treatment option. If the addict refuses to go to a rehab it could be that it is in an area, state, or temperature that they will not go to. The professional will speak with the family for several days in advance to ensure they are properly prepared for all scenarios. Many addicts agree to go to treatment to appease the family instead of going for themselves, which is pivotal to their rehabilitation. Individuals that are forced into treatment are more likely to relapse.
The Show “Intervention”
The show “Intervention” is widely popular for its excitement and outlandish actions and reactions. Drug addiction is a serious issue that causes people to act out of the ordinary. The show hosts a reality style intervention between family, friends, and an addict. The family demands the addict check into a drug treatment program under threat of banishment, homelessness or jail. The show boasts great ratings because they show true drama with intense and painful lead up of the addict’s tragic life. The success of Intervention’s intervention is in the process not necessarily the show. The professional interventionlist believes the success lies in the process of their interventions. A strict several hour pre-intervention practice run is conducted to get the family to understand their role in the addiction and their new role in the recovery. The professional believes that when the entirety of the family brings forth an ultimatum to the addict. The second key to success is that the show prepares several ‘right’ programs for the addict to enter. These facilities are best suited for the individual. Choosing the right rehabilitation program is crucial to the success of the rehab. Therefore the success rate of sobriety is the process for which the professionals use, not the actual camera’s recoding or the reality television show they create.