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How a Professional Intervention Can Help

According to the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, about 90% of professional interventions facilitated by a trained, professional facilitator result in treatment for addicts and alcoholics. If you’re concerned about an addicted loved one, this is good news. It means you can play a personal role in helping your loved one get well, especially if an experienced interventionist is involved. While getting into treatment is no guarantee for recovery, it’s a good start, and many have recovered from addiction as a result of alcohol or drug rehab. A professional interventionist can help manage the emotions that inevitably arise during an intervention and guide it to a successful close.

When to Call a Professional Interventionist

Before a professional intervention can take place, families must come out of denial about the truth of the addict’s situation. Getting clear about the need for expert help is important. Here are a few signs for when to call in a professional:

  • Your loved one’s substance abuse is causing problems in multiple areas of his or her life – including  financial, professional, school, health, legal or marriage – yet he or she continues to use and drink
  • Your loved has failed in the past at quitting drugs or alcohol alone
  • An intervention that did not employ an intervention professional failed
  • You’re ready to employ tough love, compassion and consequences to help your loved one.
  •  Your loved one has recently displayed suicidal behavior
  • Your loved one is taking several mood-altering substances

It’s true that one-on-one interventions sometimes work. You can gain the full attention of your loved one by sitting him or her down for a quiet talk, and a non-confrontational style sometimes takes the negative charge out of what can be a challenging situation for an addicted individual. However, pressure from a group of individuals who care about the addict or alcoholic can also be a powerful motivation for getting help and should be considered a strong option for facilitating a loved one’s recovery, especially considering the statistical evidence for success.

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