How Interventions Can Save Lives

People ask the question “Can I hold an intervention for a mental health condition?” Mental health disorders have a lot of conspiracies, and people have a lot of disbelief, but the fact is 1 in 5 Americans have a mental illness. The feeling of even researching an intervention gives people an unsettling feeling. This piece will tell you what is an intervention, the resources you need, and how you know it’s time to stage an intervention.

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How Interventions Can Save Lives: What's an intervention

How Interventions Can Save Lives: What’s an intervention

What Is An Intervention:

By definition, An intervention is a structured conversation between loved ones and an addict, often supervised by an intervention specialist.

You can see that interventions have the potential to be unsuccessful when families try to do it by themselves. It is best to look for a certified interventionist. By having an accredited interventionist assist you during this process, it will ensure that you are conducting the intervention in the best way, not only for you but for your loved one in need. When you have decided that you want to utilize the assistance of a certified interventionist, there are a few good places to look: Many recovery or mental health centers have certified interventionists that are willing and eager to help during this tough time. It is imperative to make sure you let the professionals use their tactics to execute a successful intervention that can save your loved one’s life. An intervention is often a voice that tells a story of how a loved one’s actions, addictions, or diseases harm people who care about them. It’s usually the passage between a family saying they will no longer enable the addict anymore. While interventions can be strenuous, stressful, and downright heartbreaking, when family or friends reach the breaking point with their loved one, this tends to be one of their last calls for help to save their loved one.

As I am not a certified interventionist, but through experience, interventionist will first ask to form the intervention group. These people will most likely be loved ones. Maybe people in their family such as siblings, parents, close aunts or uncles. The second form of a group will be secondary. In the secondary group, it will contain friends the addict has, as well as childhood friends, life-long relationships, and even individuals they might have met in an addiction program.

The next step is to stage the intervention. You want to set a time and place for the intervention. If you can set the time and place it shows control in the given situation. Know, that there’s no one size fits all intervention approach for staging an intervention. Just like how no addict is the same, neither is an intervention. While it is important to have a plan, it is imperative to have a plan B, as things in life don’t always stick to the plan. There is a multitude of situations that can occur when trying to conduct an intervention for your loved one. One of the best methods to be prepared for various encounters it to practice different situations that can occur. The better prepared and more equipped the individuals holding the intervention are, the more successful the event will be. For many addicts, their addiction often tears their entire life apart. These individuals are looking for a sense of structure to harvest and grow in. By showing that you are well equipped and prepared to help them, they will feel safe knowing they have a strong team fighting for their well-being.

The primary goal of an intervention is to get the person you love help. But first, you must set up the stages for success. Having time to plan and weigh all the outcomes will only provide you with a better outcome. An intervention is not something that should be thrown together overnight. It takes time, planning, and dedication to make sure you are providing your loved one with the best support and plan that they deserve.

Identifying Substance Abuse As The Problem

If you believe or think your loved one might be using drug or alcohol and it’s harming them, don’t hesitate. It is better to help stop your loved one from using drugs or alcohol before it is too late. Even the slightest suspicion can warrant a friendly discussion. As drug and alcohol abuse is on the rise, and the age of first use is getting younger, there is no harm in discussing the danger before a problem arises. If your loved one is suffering from a substance abuse addiction and needs help, consider the possibility of having an intervention with your family. Here are some ways you can tell if your loved one needs help if you are uncomfortable talking to them directly or are unable to determine if they need help.

1. How high is their tolerance?

Tolerance can be related to the amount they consume of a given substance, as well as how often they surround themselves with the substance. It is essential to see if they are purchasing more alcohol or getting higher prescriptions. While having one or two glasses of wine a night, three times a week is okay, if the amount of the substance used, or the frequency of substance use rises, your loved ones tolerance is growing. While some individuals have naturally high tolerances for certain things, increasing the amount and frequency of a substance to enhance the feeling of pleasure or stimulation is dangerous.

2. Has their regular behavior changed?

Subconsciously, addicts change their behavior when they use the substances. Addicts try to hide physical evidence for their addiction such as their suspicious financial history, medical receipts, and even will hide empty bottles. It is natural for individuals to change and develop over time, but drugs and alcohol alter the brain and its internal chemistry, essentially destroying your loved one. Some common things may arrise, and need to be aware of are agitation, depression, and even lethargy. Addiction will destroy everything in its path, and the personality/mental state of your loved one is just the beginning if they don’t get help.

3. Have their been altercations in their physical appearance?

Many common symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse are the following: bloodshot or glazed eyes, dilated/constricted pupils, changes in one’s weight, and bruising, discoloration, itching or infections at the site where the substance enters. If you ask your loved one why they have bruises at injection sites, or have even lost weight, do not be alarmed if they deflect the question, or make up an excuse; it is just as hard for addicts to admit they have a problem, as it is for you to understand it.

Next Steps

It can be tough to believe that your child, parent, or even best childhood friend can be suffering from an addiction that has the potential to end their life. While it is easy to focus on the cons and negative extremities of the affliction, it is important to be a positive influence in your loved one’s life. When you need extra help in relaying to your loved one that they need help, certified interventionists are here to help. An intervention is the stepping stone individuals may need to launch them into a rehabilitation program. While planning an intervention can be intimidating and overwhelming, it is vital to put in the time and effort as it is imperative to saving your loved one’s life. When you are ready to take the next steps and plan an intervention, call a certified interventionist to help. They can assist in the process of getting your loved one on the road to recovery.

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