When a loved one suffers from a mental affliction (SUD, Process Addictions, or Mental Health), anyone who cares for that person is impacted.
Intervention FAQs and Concerns
Our multi-faceted intervention services meet the specific needs of each unique family system. At ECRS we utilize many intervention models, developing strategies to best support your family. These services are tailored to help your family system with more impactful methods of communication. The intervention helps you identify how the disease progresses and learn how to effectively treat its different stages.
Fears About Doing an Intervention
Everyone has them. Rest assured: Our training and experience can help. See our Frequently Asked Questions and Concerns to learn more.
SUD, Process Addictions, and Mental Health issues are brain diseases and must be treated as such. A primary fallacy here is the belief that a person must want help for intervention to succeed. We do not have to wait until it gets so bad that someone is willing to get help — or as they say “hit rock bottom.” We help families raise the bottom. They learn how to effectively help individuals suffering from a disease process to gain insight and motivation into getting appropriate help.
It’s important to understand that a person suffering from this mental affliction will need help to make a rational decision about getting treatment. Interventions can be done as an act of love — or they can be heavy-handed. We plan a well-developed, caring, purposeful event or series of events to stop a person’s decline into the negative consequences of these diseases.
What is Enabling?
In enabling, well-intended people try to help the addicted individual but in doing so they help that person continue their acting-out behaviors.
Interventions are conversations or actions done in order to facilitate individuals’ awareness about behaviors associated with their disease. This often also involves allowing a crisis to follow its natural course for the addicted individual. When family members and friends begin utilizing intervention methods, the goal is for the addicted individual to start looking at themselves and get the help they need.
Intervention has been developed to help the addicted person, not to hurt them. Even so, because of human nature, people sometimes do not learn without feeling the pain or consequences of their behavior. Concerned individuals do not have to create consequences, but they must stop fixing the natural consequences that happen to an addicted individual.
Concerned individuals must also stop believing that the addicted person is thinking rationally. An addicted individual suffers from an illness that limits their capacity for rational thought. Those living with this problem often begin developing their own denial system in order to deal with the pain of the affliction. In these cases they need to re-evaluate how they look at addiction — and how they may be inadvertently enabling the addicted individual.
While intervention’s primary goal is to get the addict into treatment, it also leads to positive changes for the other participants. They gain a better understanding of what they are dealing with. Often participants in this process see the need to take care of themselves and even find help for themselves, regardless of what the addicted person does.
The Tip of the Iceberg
A good intervention exposes what’s not visible from the surface. Remember that the pain an addict and his/her family feel is like an iceberg — the biggest and worst part is hidden. We believe that in order to successfully intervene, each individual involved must be willing to look beneath the surface.
Most participants find the following benefits:
- A sense of relief that stems from finally addressing their loved one’s problem
- A feeling of unity in having faced the situation together
- New ways of coping and communicating
- The ability to stop enabling the addict and regain control of their lives
- The comfort of knowing that they did everything that they could do
The timing of an intervention is important. Waiting too long can be disastrous. Though early intervention can yield positive results, many fear utilizing it.
Each intervention has different circumstances, but the process is the same. It doesn’t matter if the addict is using alcohol, pot, cocaine, heroin, abusing prescription pills or has an active eating disorder, is addicted to gambling, working, shopping, sex, etc., or has mental health concerns. There is hope.