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Intervention HelplinesMany interventions that are staged without assistance from an addiction specialist or interventionist do not succeed.  Some do not even happen at all, despite an initial commitment from several friends or family members to participate. While you may think something like, “We’re just going to sit down and talk about the problem and insist that she get help,” in reality this is rarely an effective strategy. You need to know what to say to break down the addict’s walls and get her to admit the problem.  You need to get her to agree to getting help.  And you need to have a plan prepared to continue the process, taking the addict directly from the intervention to a treatment facility.

What Can You Learn from Intervention Helplines?

This is a significant undertaking and one that you are likely not equipped to handle on your own.  Intervention helplines are a vital resource available to anyone who has questions or concerns about addiction, treatment and specifically the intervention process.

There is no question that is “too stupid” or insignificant to ask.  There is also no risk because the call is free, confidential and anonymous.  You will not be talking to someone who is merely sympathetic and well-intentioned.  These services are staffed by professionals with experience in addiction counseling, addiction therapy, recovery facilitation or interventionism. Many also have medical degrees.

Some people call intervention helplines because they are not certain if an intervention is warranted or if they have done something wrong.  In some cases, callers feel as though they are responsible for an addict’s actions or feel paralyzed by the fear of what will happen if they cease their enabling behaviors.  The first step in being able to help the addict in your life is understanding the disease and truly believing that you didn’t cause it, you can’t control it and you can’t cure it.  It’s normal to need help getting to that stage, and an intervention helpline can be there to support and reassure you.

Begin Planning an Intervention

If you decide that you want to hold an intervention, a helpline is a great first step.  You can get basic questions answered and then get referred to an interventionist who will help you with the details.  Interventionists do typically charge for their services, but rarely more than a few hundred dollars.  Some are willing to make special arrangements if you have financial hardship.

Even if you opt not to work with an interventionist, you can get more free help from an intervention hotline.  You can learn more about the facilities available across the country, what you can expect treatment to cost and how best to get others involved in the intervention.  If you are worried about someone you love or about a peer or work colleague who seems to have a problem, call (888) 371-5722 for help today.