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What does it mean to intervene?

Addiction Intervention-Holly Conklin

Addiction Intervention-Holly Conklin

What does it mean to intervene?

Upon meeting complete strangers I am shocked to discover that they do not know what it means to intervene.  Intervention? What’s that? I hear that a lot. Many families have no idea that intervention is a viable option to assist in finding the solution to addictions of any kind, drug addiction, alcohol addiction, poly-drug addiction (poly, meaning more than one type of drug used) and process addictions, which include self-mutilation, eating disorders, gambling and more. I can’t tell you the number of times a family member has said to me “I wish we would have found you last year” after the loss of a child or loved one to addiction.

The American Heritage College Dictionary defines the word intervene as follows:

Intervene:  To come in or between so as to hinder or alter an action.

Intervention is the adjective of this word, meaning to put into action the act of intervening.

Defining these words make it possible for families to see to possible benefits when he decision is made to intervene. It may be one of the most feared processes there is when it comes to addiction.

Interventionist-Holly Conklin

Interventionist-Holly Conklin

Why does an addict not want an Intervention?

Many addicts today are aware of the intervention process and even tell their families “you better not do an intervention on me!” thus scaring the family away from taking the very action that might save their loved one. Addicts use threats to their families to ensure continued drug or alcohol use or behaviors that are dangerous and even life threatening. It’s a ploy, don’t be fooled. I have discovered during many interventions that an addict who says “do not do an intervention” really means “I need help”. The attention an addict gets during the intervention process sometimes helps to prove to the addict that his or her family does, in fact, still love them and that they do, in fact, care. As addiction creates terrible rifts within the family unit, intervention can be the first step towards the repairing of the family.

Addicted people, who steal, cheat, lie and abuse alcohol or drugs often feel as though they have done too many bad things and that their family will never forgive them. To intervene starts the process of healing. Family members may be upset and mad at the addicted person but we are all able to forgive past transgressions at some point and addicts who learn to live a sober life and give back to their families tend to end up as some of our strongest and most productive members of society. Often times they continue in the rehabilitation field in helping others.

As a group of intervention specialists, we strive to “get in the way” of addiction, to intervene. We want to change the actions of addicted individuals and help them choose to get help. When you don’t know where to turn for help, an intervention specialist can guide you in how to intervene and assist you in the process.

Please call today for help and qualified instruction on how to intervene.

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