A loved one’s addiction is a crisis. You live in the cycle of anger, hopelessness, despair, wanting to help and hoping they’ll get better on their own, though it never happens and the cycle repeats. You know they need treatment, but he or she is in denial. Addiction’s grip can be stronger than their ability to understand there is a problem or how to get better—you know they would change, if only they could see the impact of their alcohol or drug use on themselves and others. Without a network of people who understand addiction, it is easy to feel isolated and stuck.
You are not alone, and you don’t have to handle this struggle by yourself. An intervention can be the key to helping someone begin their recovery, and we at Enterhealth are here to help you. We have the experts who can help when a family member, colleague or friend is resistant to addressing his or her drug or drinking problem.
Enterhealth has an on-staff interventionist to help you plan and carry out a life-saving intervention for no additional charge. Contact us or call 800.388.4601 to get help for your family by planning an intervention with expertise and compassion.
What is an intervention?
- An intervention is a well-organized expression of genuine concern for the person who is sick with the chronic disease of addiction. It’s a tool for families in crisis to get the self-destructive person to listen and to accept help.
- An intervention provides the right environment for discussing a loved one’s alcohol or drug abuse. This helps them to see the personal impact their substance abuse is having on themselves and on their relationships.
- The purpose is to stop them from doing further self-harm by voluntarily going into a drug or alcohol treatment program.
- Interventions need to be carefully planned to provide the right message and the right environment for everyone involved: the person with an addiction, and their family and friends.
- An outside source, such as an interventionist, can help plan the intervention with you. During the intervention, they keep the group focused on clearly communicating why treatment is necessary for the addicted person.
- The conversation is rational and objective. The point of an intervention is not to gang up on someone, but to objectively understand the impact of their addiction.
- Anger and punitive measures have no place in an intervention, and will only serve to increase the person’s defensiveness and make it less likely that they will agree to get help.
- Consequences for not going to treatment should also not be punitive. They should be designed to protect health and well-being.
Why should I use an intervention to get my loved one into treatment?
- The person suffering from addiction is unlikely to seek help on their own. Addiction injures and changes how the brain functions, putting rational thought and decision-making offline.
- They are struggling with cravings that make it impossible to stop, and the resulting brain injury obscures the fact that they have a problem. They are in a great deal of denial.
- It’s common for family and close friends to enable the user without meaning to. An intervention begins with an agreement among friends and family members to cease all enabling behaviors that are harming the person they love. Saying no and establishing consequences for the abuser’s intolerable behavior is not an act of unkindness, but an act of love.
- Without a family intervention, there’s always another intervention coming – jail, divorce, illness or even death. Waiting for the event to happen on its own can lead to catastrophic consequences. Waiting for the loved one to come to the decision for treatment on their own is likely to never happen. The abuse, pain and suffering escalates out of control.
- Once your loved one is sober, he or she will have their life back and will be grateful to have had their family and friends fight for their life.
Why involve an interventionist?
- An intervention may be the hardest conversation your family has ever had. The interventionist is an experienced advisor who ensures that the intervention accomplishes your family’s goals.
- The involvement of a professional interventionist can add experience, structure and objectivity to the event, and keep everyone working together toward getting the person suffering from addiction into treatment.
- The interventionist will keep the subject—your loved one’s addiction and their need for treatment—the center of the discussion when participants unintentionally or willingly go off-topic.
- Planning the intervention and knowing what each person will say is a crucial component for success, and the interventionist will help you through this process.
- The interventionist will get to know you and your family’s circumstances to ensure that the intervention is conducted in a knowledgeable yet loving way.
What is enabling, and why is it hard to stop?
- Enabling is doing for others what they can and need to do for themselves. Enabling prevents the person with addiction from dealing with the consequences of their actions.
- Enabling behaviors include bailing the addict out of jail, giving money, drinking or using with them, refusing to acknowledge destructive behaviors and making excuses for their behavior.
- Enabling is often done with good intentions, but is very damaging. The enabler is usually trying to protect the addict from further harm, but when the addict has no consequences for their actions, they have little incentive to stop drinking or using.
- Sometimes enabling is the product of being manipulated by the addict. This is why group interventions are so important—it is much more difficult to manipulate the entire group into continuing to enable the addictive behaviors.
Enterhealth facilitates interventions for families in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as part of the intake process. We also have connections to best-in-class interventionists across the country. Enterhealth-led interventions have life-saving benefits:
- We can quickly assess situations based on your history and needs to formulate a plan for your family.
- Our interventionists know how to interject the right messages at the right time. They can keep the conversation rational and objective.
- The interventionist will come to know and understand your family, and will follow your loved one’s treatment long beyond the intervention.
- Services include: family consultation, pre-intervention planning and training (including transportation needs), follow-up with family and friends during treatment and more.
Why choose Enterhealth for treatment?
- Our program is three times more effective than traditional addiction treatment programs.
- Our program was created by recognized medical and addiction experts using NIH research, which identifies addiction as a chronic brain disease.
- We treat alcohol and drug addiction with full-time, board-certified medical staff and therapists.
- We begin with a complete medical and psychological assessment to identify areas of the brain that have sustained injury due to drug or alcohol addiction, and then create individual, customized treatment plans for each patient.
- We treat co-occurring disorders, such as depression and anxiety.
- Advanced treatment includes comprehensive diagnostics, medical detox, neuropsychological assessments, family input and therapy, transition plans and continuity of treatment in outpatient.
- Enterhealth Ranch is our luxury inpatient treatment. Patients live in private rooms and bathrooms, eat chef prepared meals, and participate in their therapy in a serene and confidential environment.
- The same standard of care is continued in the discreet Enterhealth Outpatient Center of Excellence in the Park Cities area of Dallas.
About Vickye, Enterhealth’s on-staff interventionist:
- Has been conducting interventions for 8 years in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and has a vast knowledge of resources throughout the country for families looking for the absolute best intervention services for their loved one.
- Skilled at assessing situations to determine if an intervention is necessary, and if so, putting the right plan in place for the family and their loved one.
When you call to request an intervention, you will first speak with our intake specialists, who will help you schedule your appointment with Vickye. Call 800.388.4601 to see how an intervention can help your family.