Someone you love has a problem. Maybe it’s obvious, maybe it isn’t. Maybe they’ve been behaving strangely lately, or they’ve been growing increasingly distant, or their priorities seem to have shifted for no apparent reason. Whatever the signs are, the person you love isn’t who they used to be. You think they may be suffering from an addiction. So the question now becomes, “When should I intervene and how do I it?”
There are a few different approaches when it comes to interventions, and it’s important to choose one that you feel will be most effective for your loved one. A good idea is to seek the help of a professional interventionist who can guide you through the different options and help you prepare for what’s next.
The main types of interventions are:
- The Johnson Model: Family and friends directly confront the addict about their behavior.<.li>
- The Systemic Model: Relies on positive encouragement rather than direct confrontation.
- The Invitational Model: The addict is fully informed and given the choice to attend.
Each of these types has unique strengths and weaknesses, and the best type of intervention will likely depend on your particular situation. Once you have consulted with a professional interventionist and developed a game-plan, follow through and remain focused.
Here are some things to consider:
- An untreated addiction only gets worse over time, not better. A person can experiences bouts of sobriety, but they almost always fall back into their addiction, and because addiction is a progressive disease, each relapse can make their addiction worse and worse.
- It’s already gotten to the point where you think an intervention might be necessary. What happens if you put it off? DUIs can start to pile up, jobs can be lost, relationships can end, finances can tank, and health can deteriorate. Why wait for more damage to be done?
- The dangers of addiction are unpredictable. On what day will that one more drink before getting behind the wheel of a car have been one too many?
If someone you love is in need of help and you recognize it, the time to intervene is now. Whether they are a family member or a close friend, you have the power to help them. Your voice is much louder than you think it is. If you have any questions about how to help your loved one through the process of recovery, please call us today. We can help guide you through this difficult process.