January 28, 2015
Family Resources

Why Can’t We Do the Intervention Ourselves?

Families try interventions themselves all the time. While some may be successful in achieving the goal of getting the addicted loved one into treatment, they also most likely miss some of key elements of needed change including other family members. This results in not having the best environment to come to when their loved one returns from treatment.

Some of the most common elements that are missed when families do interventions themselves include damaging behavior such as forms of enabling and unhealthy co-dependency. If these behaviors aren’t spotted and corrected, then the chances of the addict relapsing are actually very high. If nothing else changes around them, then it is usually only a matter of time before they fall back into the same old habits as well.

Another thing that frequently happens when families try to do the intervention themselves is that the confrontational nature of the situation usually turns into a mess, with lots of yelling, blaming and finger pointing. Not only is such a situation not productive in terms of resolving the problems at hand, but they can even make them worse.

A key element of interventions is cohesiveness – working to get everyone on the same page to achieve the goal of stopping the destructive behaviors all around. When tensions and tempers rise and people are unable to remain focused, it winds up driving people further apart and creating more distance between where they are and the solutions to the problems.

While these are some reasons why families can have difficulty performing interventions themselves, there are plenty more. If you have a question and would like to speak with someone knowledgeable in interventions, contact us today.