What is an intervention? How is it done? Is it like what I see on TV? There are several types of interventions. What you see on TV is, like all reality TV, amplified dramatically for audience engagement. It is true an intervention can be dramatic, it can be emotional, it can go seemingly sideways.
First, let’s talk about what an intervention is. An intervention is a mediation between the chemically dependent person and family. The goal is to be able to communicate, what has been seen as decline in function, health, self-care, fears and a request to get help – compassionately. The prep for the intervention includes evaluating roles in the family and the use of impact in script dialog and boundary setting should the loved one decline help.
There is no failure in an intervention. Often the person using assumes they are unseen up-until then and the intervention prohibits them from hiding anymore. Therefore, narrowing the path to choose help – now or later. One thing is for certain. If you do nothing, nothing changes. If you do nothing the ultimate consequence is death. An intervention let’s that persona know there are options.
If you aren’t sure if you need an intervention, call now for an evaluation of you specific situation to see what is best for you and your family.