When is it Time for an Intervention?
Organizing and going through with an intervention can be a difficult thing for some people to do. Finding the best time for an intervention and the potential reaction from the subject are common unknowns that friends and family face in a situation involving an unhealthy addiction. Should you wait until the addiction gets bad enough and they end up getting a DUI or losing their job? Do they have to hit rock bottom before an intervention is necessary? What if they refuse to participate in the intervention or get angry and lose control because of the effort? The family, friends, and loved ones of an addict typically have to face these kinds of questions, even though they are tough to answer. But when it comes down to it, the right time for an intervention isn’t too hard to figure out.
The best time for an intervention is when close ones recognize that an intervention is necessary. Family and friends that have been around someone for their entire lives can easily notice when something is not right. It’s usually not the recognition of a problem that close ones struggle with, it’s how and when to approach the addict about their problem. People find it very difficult confronting and interrogating someone because they may feel like it’s not their business, or the addict might even manipulate the people close to him into thinking that they don’t have a problem at all. But when it comes down to it, the people involved in the addict’s life that recognize the problem need to be able to confront the addict for their own good and for the good of the people around them. When it comes to the timing of the intervention, in most cases the sooner the better. Addiction gets worse over time, not better, so it’s best to bring it up before the addiction gets dangerous. If you wait until “rock bottom” to bring up your concerns, it might be too late because for some, rock bottom is death. It’s best to just organize an intervention once it becomes evidently clear that something needs to happen.
Support for interventions is readily available. Highly qualified and certified Intervention specialists can help you deal with the person, the problem and the elements unique to your personal or professional situation. There are various models of Intervention that each require a certain amount of preparation time but, in most cases, intervention results in immediate entry into detox, alcohol rehab, drug rehab or other appropriate treatment setting. Finding the right professional help can be difficult for some. You might not like the advice or method that a certain treatment center uses, or you just don’t like the plan that they’ve come up with. At Seabrook House, we create Family Intervention programs tailored to the individual patient’s needs and situation. The qualified intervention specialists at Seabrook House understand that each patient is unique, so each intervention should also be unique. If you are close to an addict and you know in your head that they need help, it’s time to contact Seabrook House to obtain the professional aid that will allow you to complete a successful intervention.