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Get an Intervention ConsultationAddiction is both a physical and a psychological disease. While the body’s cravings for drugs and alcohol are very strong, it is actually the psychological or mental aspects of the disease that are the most powerful. It can be difficult for the friends and family members of an addict to understand or appreciate, but in many cases an addict’s brain simply won’t let her stop using. While formal interventions should not be undertaken lightly, these confrontational meetings can be very effective if handled correctly. Professional interventionists are available to help people prepare for and conduct these potentially volatile and risky meetings.

When Are Interventions Required?

Interventions have been portrayed on television and in films for many years, but these portrayals don’t always paint an accurate picture. The addict at the center of these efforts will often respond negatively to his loved ones’ efforts. Addiction literally changes the way a person’s brain works, using every psychological tool imaginable to prevent recovery. Neural pathways are chemically rewired, creating compulsions that are much stronger than rational thought or will. Some of the most common emotional effects of addiction include the following:

  • The inability to comprehend how one’s actions affect others
  • Complete denial that one has a problem at all
  • Blaming others for abuse
  • An inability to control actions or urges, regardless of consequences
  • Deep anxiety that cannot be soothed without substances
  • Personality changes while under the influence
  • Temper flashes
  • Relational distance from anyone who does not engage in similar abuse
  • Verbal or physical abuse of anyone who comes between the addict and her substance

The addict’s brain will unleash a powerful arsenal of psychological weapons when confronted about this disease. A formal intervention should only be attempted after every other effort at communicating with your loved one has failed.

How to Hold a Successful Intervention

A successful intervention requires the following key ingredients:

  • Careful consideration of who should be in attendance
  • A detailed plan or script of who will say what during the meeting
  • Training on how to communicate clearly and succinctly
  • Establishing healthy boundaries that are to be enforced if the subject refuses help
  • Choosing a quality rehab program to take the subject to immediately following the meeting
  • Full planning for logistical details including transportation and insurance planning
  • Preparation for both a positive and negative reaction

An intervention consultation is invaluable to this process. Many people choose to have a professional interventionist present to manage the discussion and make sure that all of the essential elements are covered.

Where to Find Professional Intervention Consultation

Our toll-free helpline can connect you with successful interventionists that are ready to help you reach your addicted loved one. Our counselors are standing by 24 hours a day at a toll-free helpline. They can help with a variety of services, including the following:

  • Further questions about successful interventions
  • Help finding the best rehab programs for your loved one’s specific needs
  • Free insurance confirmation
  • Help with transportation and other logistics
  • Moral support as you undertake this daunting task

Our helpline is always open and your call is completely confidential. Don’t undertake this risky process on your own. Call today.