Families that are coping with drug addiction go through an enormous amount of pain and suffering. Most feel helpless as they watch a loved one throw their lives away. The day in and day out struggle of seeing someone you love kill themselves slowly can be excruciating. Getting them to recognize their issues and get help can be easier said than done. Many families turn to interventions as a way to confront the issue. Interventions can be powerful tools that help get a loved one the treatment they need to overcome addiction. The best way to conduct a successful intervention is speak with a professional. The more educated a family is on the subject of addiction and interventions the better prepared they are to run one efficiently. Intervention specialists are available to help those families in need and can even be available to conduct the intervention themselves. So, what is the cost of an intervention? Here is everything you need to know.
Engaging in Family Intervention
It is important to have a good place to stage the intervention. This place should be appropriate; obviously holding an intervention for an alcoholic at a bar is not the right place. The addict should feel comfortable and safe. At the same time, the place should be distraction free. The family and addict should have set aside one to two hours of time for the intervention. It is important that the conversation runs its’ entire course. Interventions are a very powerful tool for rehabilitation, but also very delicate. Everything should be in its place so that the situation is not corrupted.
Understanding the Goal
It is also important that all the family members understand and accept their position in the intervention. As previously stated, family must be on the same page for the intervention. Any confusion or confrontation could send the intervention spiraling out of control. The drug addict is equipped with an incredible ability to manipulate and will pounce at the chance to throw things off course. Therefore, it is important to remain calm and focused. The intention of the intervention is to get the addict to receive help, not get or be forced into help. The family should be reminded they are there to give their support. Rehabilitation cannot be forced; rather the addict must accept it. The intervention must come from a place of love and support, not anger or resentment.
Getting the Addict to Accept Help
The addict must recognize their problem and be willing to receive help for an intervention to be successful. If they feel as though they are being forced they could easily spiral out of control and seclude themselves even more than before. Remaining calm and supportive are the best way to have the addict see the damage they are causing, not only to themselves, but to the entire family. Most addicts do not realize the problems they cause, which are the effects of the drugs being abused. When they are made aware agree to having a problem and needing help. Have several post intervention plans ready for them to choose from or speak to you about in detail later. Family love and support are powerful tools in the battle against drug and alcohol abuse, use them wisely.
The monetary cost of an intervention varies from situation to situation. If the intervention is conducted by the family in a family home then the cost is nothing. Emotionally, physically, and mentally it can be incredibly taxing. Many addicts have a difficult time accepting help, which can be exhausting for family members. Hiring a professional interventionalist can become expensive; depending on who is available. When families sit down to weigh the costs of hiring an interventionalist and allowing the addiction to continue, the latter definitely outweighs the former.