To the Editor:
Interventions are extremely helpful tools for families who are dealing with a loved one who is completely against getting help and resistant to going to treatment. If an addict is struggling with addiction, but refuses help, interventions can be a powerful tool used to save their life. They can help an addict make a logical choice for themselves when they might not be able to do so alone.
Some families believe if an addict or alcoholic isn’t willing to get help and go to rehab on their own, they aren’t going to force them to go. Here’s an interesting fact: if some addicts or alcoholics believe they can continue to drink alcohol or use drugs successfully, without any type of consequences for their behavior, they will continue to do so because the problems caused by their addiction is still less than the power of the addiction over them.
There are two types of interventions; one where the family sits down with the addict and has a professional interventionist conduct a family intervention, where the addict is confronted and offered drug rehab. If they choose not to attend rehab, the family gives the addict consequences for their choice. The other type is done by an interventionist and conducted on a one-on-one basis, where the interventionist works with the addict alone to get their agreement to go to treatment. Once the interventionist, in either case, gets the addict to choose help, they will escort them to the treatment center the family has picked out and successfully checks them in.
Often, interventionists can be more successful in handling the addict than the family since, in many cases, the interventionist is an ex-addict himself. By having gone through addiction, the interventionist can level with the addict, speak from their reality and truly understand and have empathy for what they’re going through. The interventionist is also a neutral party and not heavily emotionally involved in the situation like the family is. For information about our treatment center, call 877-833-1058.
A Life Worth Saving
Fort Collins, Colorado