An intervention is very specific action that is there to accomplish a very specific task. When people are addicted to drugs and alcohol they are very often unwilling or completely uninterested in going to an inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol addiction and dependence treatment center, detox facility, rehab program, sand recover organization. When this is the case, it usually falls upon the family members and loved ones of that individual to snap them out of it and intervene with them and get them to stop abusing drugs and alcohol and to go to an inpatient center for rehabilitation.
Intervention is a very necessary and needed part of the addiction sphere. The situation is that, without intervention, about ninety percent of those who go to rehab would not be in rehab at all in fact. Ninety percent of those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol are not actually willing to seek out treatment or rehabilitation of any kind. They do not believe that they have a problem, or they think that they can just treat it like any other habit like smoking cigarettes or having a sweet tooth. Obviously, when it comes to drugs and alcohol this is very much not the case and therefore it needs to be addressed properly.
This is where intervention steps in. Intervention is the act quite simply literally coming between an individual and his or her drug or alcohol problem. That is actually the dictionary definition of the word; to come between one thing and another and to prevent them from meeting. So, to intervene with someone who is abusing drugs and alcohol, one then would almost literally step in with a group of other people and prevent the addict from abusing those substances.
Goals of an Intervention
Obviously, the main, underlying goal of any intervention is to really and successfully tackle the family member or loved one’s addiction and to get them willing to go to treatment. As ninety percent of America’s addicted are not in fact willing to seek out rehab, this primary goal becomes quite important and necessary indeed. The goal is to take an individual who, (given his or her status quo, is perfectly content to continue to abuse drugs and alcohol potentially indefinitely), and change their viewpoint about their addictions and what exactly they are doing with their lives. This is the main, underlying, vitally important aspect to an intervention.
There is more to an intervention than just that though. For example, an intervention also seeks to accomplish:
1. Drug and alcohol abuse education for all who are involved, including the addict
2. A deeper understanding of the commitment family members and friends need to have to help their loved one through a hard time, a growth of family unity and bond
3. Gaining knowledge of neighborhood and community resources for the family members and friends of addicts, such as Al Anon for teens and adults both, so that even if the addict refuses to go to treatment the family members and loved ones of him or her can at least get some help too
4. A greater sense of commitment among the family and friends of the addict as they become united in their desires to see their loved one become well, and a unity that will carry forward long after the intervention is over
Intervention: A Necessary and Vital Tool
Interventions are immensely important and needed in today’s society. Addition has gotten so severe and prevalent all across the nation. It would be much worse if it wasn’t for the existence of interventionists and interventions. With intervention, a family has the chance to save their loved one’s life, a chance that should be cherished and used wisely, and not one that should be tossed aside or forgotten.