To motivate a person with a substance use disorder or a psychiatric illness, accepting help requires a new perspective. The first thing to realize is that individual confrontations with that individual rarely work. Addiction makes manipulative people skilled and you tend to lose. To fight effectively against alcoholism and drug addiction, whether as a family, in a treatment center or in Alcoholics Anonymous, is to work in a group. The power of the group can triumph over the power of dependence. Groups are the driving force of the intervention. Approaching the alcoholic one by one reduces all his power.
An intervention is a carefully planned step-by-step process through which the change in people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors begins. The main objective of an intervention is to intervene in life in a non-threatening way to allow you to see your self-destructive behavior and the way you touch it, as well as your family and friends.
Usually, these are many people who have prepared to talk to someone who has had self-destructive behavior, such as alcoholism, drug abuse, gambling, bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, diabetes. , anorexia, bulimia, infidelity, home escape, etc.
Family members and friends meet one good morning and present all the facts about their drug addiction and destructive behavior in an acceptable manner, while maintaining the dignity of their loved one. The immediate objective of an intervention is for the self-destructive person to listen and accept help.
An intervention can help motivate a loved one to accept help that does not want to address their old problem of addiction or alcoholism. There was a time when people thought they couldn’t help a loved one until they had “bottomed out.” Now we can use the intervention tool successfully to change the people who resist and destroy their lives before our eyes.
Statistically, the success of an intervention ranges from 80 to 85% if success is defined as motivating the alcoholic to accept help as a result of an intervention. However, we believe that all interventions, performed correctly, are successful.
Four main reasons make each intervention a success:
The simple fact that the family has finally joined together, discovers the disease of chemical dependence and perhaps for the first time talks about the problem and its solution, makes the intervention a success. Although some family members have been aware of addiction for years, the intervention is usually the first organized attempt of the whole family to find a cure.
Secondly, during the intervention, the alcoholic listens, very precisely, how much he loves him. Most of us will live and die, and we will never know a time when the people we care about are in one room at a time to tell us how much they love us and why.
Third, the alcoholic finally understands how his addiction has affected those who love him. There is no anger, there is no guilt, only honesty and love. Even if the alcoholic refuses the help offered, these words from his family and friends will resonate for a long time in his mind. You can not forget them. This will profoundly affect your future alcohol consumption.
Finally, the alcoholic learns that people closest to her no longer intend to get the disease, but that each person agrees to support recovery alone. They tell you that you can turn to anyone in the group at any time. They will do everything in their power to help her recover, but nobody wants to help her stay sick.