If you have a loved one who is suffering from addiction, it is not at all uncommon to feel frustrated and confused about what to do. Addiction is a disease that completely takes over a person’s ability to live their life normally. Most addicts will behave in a way that is hurtful or upsetting to the people around them, and confronting an addict about their behavior can be difficult in a number of ways. Because drugs and alcohol affect a person’s emotions, people who are chemically dependent can be very emotionally unstable.
When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they are also singularly fixated on procuring more drugs or alcohol. This thought drives all of their actions, and any person or thing who gets in the way of them continuing to use will likely be met with anger. For these reasons, no one who plans on confronting their loved one about drug or alcohol abuse should do so alone. If you have come to a place where you realize you must confront a loved one about their addiction, you absolutely should enlist the help of a professional interventionist.
A professional interventionist is someone who has a lot of experience dealing with addicts and friends and families who have realized it is time for them to address their loved one’s addiction. They have worked with addicts of all kinds and with families of types. They know what to expect when an addict is confronted, and they act as an impartial moderator while friends and families of an addict are talking to them.
An interventionist should be the first person you talk to when you are ready to stage an intervention. They will help you plan an intervention so that it can be as effective as possible. When you meet with them, you will discuss a number of things. He or she will talk to you about how long you have noticed your loved one using. You will discuss your loved one’s behavior and talk about any changes that you have noticed recently. You will also talk about your relationship. The interventionist will also ask you about any other people you have spoken with about intervening. If possible, you may certainly want to invite other people who want to be part of the intervention to initially meet with the interventionist.
Formulating A Game Plan
As you consult with the interventionist, they will help you formulate a game plan. One very important thing that your interventionist will help you do is start to focus on the way your loved one is making you and the other people involved in the intervention feel through their actions. It is crucial that you plan on talking through the intervention in this way because the person you are confronting should never feel under attack, and blaming statements should be avoided at all costs.
During the intervention, your interventionist will play an important role in helping everyone involved stay as calm as possible. They will help you and the other people involved in the intervention stick as closely as possible to the talking points you all agreed on when planning the intervention. Because they are essentially a neutral party, they can avoid becoming very angry or hurt, no matter where the discussion goes. They will make sure that everyone has their point heard, and that the intervention is as effective as possible.
If you have a loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you should never plan on staging an intervention without the help of an interventionist. Confronting someone about their addiction brings up many strong emotions, and you should always have the professional help you need.