Five Things to Know Before Calling an Interventionist

Staging an intervention can save an addict’s life if they choose to seek treatment

It can be challenging to help a loved one who is struggling with any type of addiction. Sometimes, a direct approach, such as a heart-to-heart conversation, can help a loved one start the road to recovery. However, when it comes to Ambien addiction, addicts often struggle to see their addiction and refuse to acknowledge it. For these individuals, a more focused approach is often needed and may require that you join forces with others by staging an intervention.

Interventions can be held for a wide range of addictions including alcoholism, prescription drug use, street drug abuse, compulsive eating and compulsive gambling. Those who struggle with addiction are often in denial about their situation and are hesitant or even unwilling to seek treatment. By holding an intervention, the addicted loved one is presented with a structured opportunity to makes changes and seek treatment before he or she faced with the consequences associated with their drug abuse.

Five Things to Know Before Committing to an Intervention

Try to keep in mind that the addiction has caused numerous emotional scars for both the addict and their loved ones. Interventions can be emotionally draining, hopeful and discouraging all at the same time. The process of organizing the intervention alone can cause conflict, anger and resentment, even among loved ones who know the addict needs help. Be prepared to take the following steps for an intervention:

  • Plan out all details of the intervention
  • Stage a rehearsal
  • Expect the addict’s objections
  • Stay on track
  • Expect an immediate answer

It can take from several weeks to a few months to plan an effective intervention, and interventions that are held at the spur of the moment often fail due to misleading information, no plan of action or lack of commitment from others. Make sure a date and time of the intervention is planned for when the addict is least likely to be under the influence of Ambien. Make sure the time and date also works for all those who plan to attend the intervention. Inform all attendees about the truth behind the addict’s addiction and appoint a single person as a liaison, which could help better with effective communication. When all information is shared, agreed upon and the treatment details are planned for the addict, their success rate drastically increases when compared to those whose interventions are thrown together.

Stage a rehearsal so everyone can get in the same mindset and so that they know what to expect from others who are also attending the intervention. Interventions can be emotionally draining and straining on relationships that have almost crumbled due to the addict’s behavior. By joining forces and sticking together, loved ones are able to lean on one another as additional support. During the rehearsal, seating arrangements can be made and the order of who will talk can also be decided —that way all the attendees understand, and are comfortable with, what is going to occur.

For addicts who do not see their addictions as a burden or see how it affects both their lives and others, they may refuse or laugh at the idea of treatment, which should be expected. Setting boundaries for the addict is key during this stage. The addict must understand what your boundaries are if they refuse to seek treatment. Having a calm and rational response prepared for each excuse or reason the addict gives to avoid treatment can help keep the intervention on track. Keep encouraging the addict to seek treatment and offer to make arrangements for childcare, or even to attend counseling sessions with them.

Stay on track during the intervention. The addict will often be confrontational during the intervention to derail it. Always use loving, respectful and supportive dialogue when talking to the addict, even if he becomes hostile.

Unfortunately, not all interventions, even if planned to every last detail, are successful. In some cases, loved ones may refuse the treatment plan or leave the intervention prematurely. The addicted individual may become resentful and accuse attendees of betrayal. It is important for one to emotionally prepare themselves for these situations while trying to remain hopeful for positive changes. Make sure you stick to the boundaries you set if the addict refuses treatment.

Often times, children, partners and siblings are subjected to acts of violence, abuse, threats and emotional abuse because of their addicted loved one’s drug problems. Although you cannot control the addict’s behavior, you do have the ability to remove yourself and your children from the destructive environment.

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If you or someone you know and love is struggling with an addiction to Ambien and you are considering an intervention, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our highly trained and professional counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your addiction questions and help you find the best course of treatment. It only takes one call to save a life, so call us today!