January 28, 2015
Doing Intervention Ourselves
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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.

Mike Loverde

Mike Loverde is a Certified Intervention Professional with more than 10 years of experience, and he is the founder and president of Intervention Helpline. He believes in taking a family-first approach to every intervention, and he created Intervention Helpline with the primary purpose of saving each family’s loved one before it is too late.

Furthermore, he is the primary writer for the Intervention Helpline Blog. He is always eager to share his insight and expertise on interventions, addiction treatment programs, rehab insurance coverage, relapse prevention and many other related topics.

Read the latest blog articles from the desk of Mike Loverde here, and don’t hesitate to contact if you have any questions or need intervention help now.

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