Managing Emotions during an Addiction Intervention

Managing Emotions during an Addiction InterventionAddiction interventions are risky and potentially volatile confrontations that frequently become derailed by emotional outbursts. Professional interventionists strive to avoid these setbacks by carefully guiding these conversations and preparing participants in advance. Managing the emotions of both the subject of the intervention and their loved ones in Seattle is one of the primary jobs of the professional interventionist.

Risks of Interventions for Seattle Addicts and Loved Ones

Holding an organized intervention should be among the last things attempted by the loved ones of a Seattle area addict. These are risky endeavors that may backfire. Addiction is a powerful psychological disease that drives the behavior of the addict much more than rational thought. Defensiveness, justification and dishonesty are just a few of the potential reactions a confronted addict may have. But if all other attempts to convince an addict that they he or she needs help have failed, an intervention may be needed. Although there is no way to guarantee success, the risks of disaster can be significantly reduced if a professional interventionist is involved.

Checklist for a Healthy Intervention in Seattle

The goal of an intervention is to force the addict to understand the effects their the disease has on those they love. In most cases the closest Seattle area friends and family of the addict have been seriously hurt by their loved one’s addiction. When the time comes to share their feelings, these people may lash out in a destructive way because of the pain they feel. This is why careful preparation is required. The following are elements of a successful and healthy intervention:

  • Advance individual and group counseling with those involved in holding the intervention
  • Carefully choosing the right people to be involved in the meeting
  • Participants write out the things they want to share with the addict during the meeting and the interventionist then goes over these scripts and helps improve them if needed
  • A detailed treatment plan is researched and planned out, with immediate access available in case the addict accepts the offer of help

The interventionist’s primary purpose is to help the friends and family members share their personal feelings and concerns and to express their commitment to help the addict without being distracted by arguments that the addict may provoke. Sticking to the “script” is one way to manage the emotions that will no doubt be swirling during the intervention. Allowing the participants to express their feelings to a counselor before the meeting takes place can also be beneficial.

Intervention Help Is Available

If you are considering an addiction intervention for a loved one in Seattle, please call our toll-free helpline first. Our counselors are available twenty-four hours a day with a caring ear, good advice and referrals to the best intervention resources for your specific needs. Though these meetings can be volatile and risky, with the right help they can also be very effective. Give yourself and your loved one the best possible odds for success by enlisting the help of a professional interventionist and preparing diligently. We can help. Call today.