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How Do You Convinced a Loved One to Visit Rehab Facilities When They Don’t Believe They Have a Problem?

It’s understandably difficult to watch a loved one fighting with addiction. While they deal with the endless pursuit of their drug of choice, family and friends sit by and contemplate how to react. Some loved ones will respond with sympathy, putting themselves in position to become enablers. That’s not a good situation.

There’s usually another group of loved ones who decide to distance themselves from the addict. They might do so out of embarrassment or disappointment. They might also do so after being victimized by the addict’s actions. No one likes to become collateral damage to someone else’s personal problems. One can only hope these loved ones can somehow get past their anger.

Then there’s the group of loved one’s that occupy the middle ground. These are the people who understand what’s going on and want to help without becoming enablers. Where the other relationships may be strained, this is the group that could have the desire and ability to truly help.

We all have to remember that most addicts aren’t interested in putting down the glass of whiskey or the syringe full of heroin. They’re more likely to believe they don’t have a problem. They believe they are in total control of their lives and have the ability to stop at anytime without repercussions. We call this denial.

If you have a loved one who is clearly caught in the cycle of addiction but believes otherwise, convincing them to get help could be difficult. Still, you may be their only chance for recovery and should do all you can to get them into treatment. If you are wondering how? Perhaps, the following information might be useful.

How to Get a Loved One to Seek Treatment for Addiction

If your loved one is in denial or simply reluctant to seek help, you need to approach them with some level of caution. The fact you might still have open lines of communication with them is vital. Also, you might want to enlist the help of any other loved ones who still have good standing with the addict. There is power in numbers.

From least to most invasive suggestions for convincing your loved one to seek help, try these methods, after which we will go into more detail:

  • Have a personal one-on-one conversation about the issues you see. Talk to them not at them
  • Discuss possible ramifications if they continue down the path of substance abuse
  • Create an opportunity for them to speak with an addiction treatment specialist or former addict with good recovery time
  • Family/Friend intervention

Personal One-on-One Conversation

Sometimes, the personal touch can move mountains. You should try to find a time and private place where you can sit down and speak frankly about how you view their addiction issues. There’s always a chance you showing concern could make them realize something might actually be wrong. Above all, you’ll want to make sure you avoid lecturing or demanding action. Talk to them, not at them.

Discuss Possible Ramifications

There’s a real possibility your loved one can’t see the logical conclusions to their substance abuse. After educating yourself, you might want to educate them about the health and personal issues they face if they don’t deal with their addiction issues. You can also use this opportunity to set behavioral boundaries to let them know there are circumstances that could cause issues with you and other loved ones. It’s kind of a one-on-one intervention.

Seek Professional Support

If you are unsure how to approach this subject with your loved one, you might want to enlist help from people who have been there and done that. A private meeting with an addiction treatment specialist or recovering addict might provide an opportunity for the addict to ask questions that might drive them to see the light.

Family/Friend Intervention

Intervention is a delicate process. It requires all participants be educated and well-prepared to do their part in a well-organized family/friend meeting. Without making threats and accusations, each participant should discuss how the person’s addiction affects them personally, how they feel about the individual and what outcome they would like to see from the intervention. There’s power in numbers and if everyone does their part, the addict could come to the realization people care and maybe they should as well.

We understand your concern about the welfare of your loved one. If we can help with the treatment process or provide information about how to convince your loved one to seek help, you can call us at 800-737-0933.

Can An Alcohol Treatment Center Help Me Stage an Intervention?

Addiction interventions have gained notoriety through television shows and popular culture. The intention of hosting an intervention is to not only convince the addict to go to treatment, it is to help the family recover and make changes that will promote the addict to recover. Interventions are often used when all other tactics to get the addict into treatment have failed. However, intervention can be used at any point in the progression of the disease, even at the early stages to prevent the disease from progressing to the point that it is even more difficult to treat.

You should never put together an intervention on your own. You should hire a certified interventionist to plan and oversee the intervention because they are trained in the areas of addiction, co-dependency, and handling situations that may arise during the intervention. You can find a professional interventionist through consulting addiction treatment centers.

The Different Models of Interventions

Your interventionist will work with you in determining the right model of intervention to use. Some interventionists may only use one type of intervention. The right model of intervention is variable per individual case; therefore, you should find an interventionist that is open to and is well-trained in executing all models of intervention.
The most common models of interventions that are used are:

The Johnson Model

The Johnson Model is based on the surprise element and confrontation. The family comes together to formulate consequences for the addict if he or she refuses to go to treatment. The addict is unaware that the intervention will take place in order to be pulled out of denial and be forced to confront the damage their addiction has caused.

The Invitational Model

The Invitational Model does not include any surprise elements or confrontation. One family member invited the addict to the intervention and fully discloses what will happen at the intervention. The addict can choose to come or not. Even if the addict does not come, the intervention will still go on. The theory is as long as the co-dependent structure is collapsed, the addict will seek help at some point.

Field Model

The Field Model is a combination of the Johnson Model and Invitational Model. It adapts per the situation. The interventionist makes decisions of which aspects from each model to use as the situation plays out.

Genesis House is located in Lake Worth, Florida. We understand the importance of family involvement in recovery. Our staff consists of addiction professionals who are trained to do interventions.

If you are interested in Genesis House to help you arrange an intervention, call us today at 800-737-0933