to say something they can't say alone…
and times when someone needs to hear
something they don't want to hear.
These are times when an INTERVENTION may be appropriate.
What Is an Intervention?
Intervention is a process that helps family and friends present the reality of a person's alcohol and other drug use and its effect on his or her life. It is a way of interrupting the cycle of self-destructive behavior for both the chemically dependent person and those concerned. This can be a frightening prospect if you think you have to do it alone.
A sense of isolation and despair frequently dominates the lives of the addicted as well as their family and friends. Addiction is a progressive disease that involves the family or friends in argument, suspicion, guilt, blame and depression
Since the substance abuser and those around him or her often have a painful relationship, arguments, scolding and blaming often become the expression of caring. This is not the aim of an Intervention. An Intervention presents specific facts in a calm and organized manner without blame or argument so that the user can really hear what is happening in his or her life. This atmosphere allows true caring to emerge. Concerned persons not only express a hope and a plan for the using person but also make a declaration of how they intend to alter their own behavior in response to continued use. For example: " I'm no longer calling in sick for you, or "I'm going to take the car keys away from you when you drink." Intervention makes an important shift of focus from taking care of someone to caring about someone. Providing Intervention serves two goals: providing support for the chemically dependent person to get the help he or she needs and providing relief for those concerned.
In all cases, to be most effective, it is recommended that this process be professionally guided and facilitated by a trained and experienced counselor.
Our trained, certified Intervention specialists work as a team to create an environment that allows concerned and loving family members and friends to help someone choose to get the help they need and enter the process of recovery from alcohol or drug addiction and compulsive behaviors.
If it's time for you or the person you care about phone us :
What some of our clients have said following an Intervention:
"…I am so grateful for what you did and that my husband had the courage to let me know what my drinking was doing to our family."
"…this was the first time in over twenty years that my family had sat down together."
"I was relieved to know that my children could help me find a way out."