The majority of drug and alcohol abusers and addicts are resistive to getting help for their problems at first. They only want to do what is comfortable and continue on the direction they’re going in. This is why interventions are so helpful and successful – because it takes someone (or a group of people) to step in and help them face the issue and decide to get help.
The majority of substance abusers, by far, are miserable and really want help deep down. The problem is that they feel it will be too much work, so continuing to get drunk or high all the time is just easier for them, or so they think. In reality, they are just continuing to make the problem worse, of course.
For most addicts, there has to be one or more life changing events to get them to realize they need help, and to accept it when it is offered. Sometimes these are tragic events that cannot be reversed, such as the loss of a loved one or major criminal conviction. Most of the time, these events are enough to shake them loose so they can see that something needs to change. All these are various forms of intervention.
That is why the best kind of intervention is one that includes a specialist along with the key family and friends. These are not only the most successful that we have observed, but also help to prevent more serious events from happening. They don’t have to hit bottom to want help. It is up to you to show them that.