Prior to doing a professional intervention, most families have made numerous attempts to confront their loved ones about their destructive behaviors on their own to no avail. You may wonder if an intervention will be any different or if it too will fall on deaf ears. In fact, you have probably used various methods to get your message across to your loved one including: nagging, threatening, enabling, pleading, ignoring, and even praying–all without success. Instead you are left feeling even more hopeless and frustrated than before.
It can be challenging to help a loved one struggling with alcoholism, drug addiction, an eating disorder, mental health issue, or other self-destructive behavior. Sometimes a direct, heart-to-heart conversation can start the road recovery. But when it comes to addiction, a more focused approach is often needed. People who struggle with addictive behaviors are often in denial about their situation or are unwilling to seek treatment. Often they don’t recognize the negative effects their behavior has on themselves and others. A professional intervention presents your loved one with a structured opportunity to make changes before things get even worse.
A “true” professional intervention differs from that of individual confrontations. It is carefully planned and executed. It may be unexpected and often catches the targeted individual off guard. It involves all of the people close to the person of concern coming together as one to share their concerns with love. It leaves little room for denial. And it is a very powerful process.
The ultimate goal of a professional intervention is to enlist a desire for change in your loved one so that they will accept the help they need and begin treatment. Thus, ending their current self-destructive path and beginning the road to recovery. You want your “old” loved one back!
A second primary benefit of an intervention is a resolution or sense of peace for family and friends of the addict. Regardless, of whether or not your loved one goes to treatment immediately, you can have the peace knowing that you have done everything humanly possible to help your loved one. You can let go of the guilt, self-condemnation, “if onlys”, and enabling behaviors. You have set clear boundaries and have decided what to do if your loved one refuses help. This is a huge sense of relief! Now you too, can begin to heal. In this sense, all interventions are successful.
Benefits of a Hope Intervention:
– A professional intervention that is carefully planned and executed. Prevents arguing, blame and denial normally associated with informal attempts when confronting an addict.
– Facilitated with the expertise of a licensed and experienced master level counselor who serves as an unbiased third party to produce a calming effect and assist with any challenges that may arise during the intervention.
– The family receives help in navigating the overwhelming task of locating and securing appropriate treatment options for their loved one.
-We view each family and their situation as unique. We have training on several intervention models and will customize your intervention to fit your family and loved ones needs.
-Support and guidance to assist all involved throughout the entire process: Planning, Treatment, and Follow-up.
– Increased chance of success.
A poorly planned intervention can worsen the situation. An intervention is a highly charged situation and has the potential to cause anger, resentment or a sense of betrayal. Your loved one may feel attacked and become isolated or more resistant to treatment. Most families will only make one attempt at an intervention. Make sure your intervention is as effective as possible by doing it correctly the first time.