What If an Addiction Intervention Goes Wrong?

What If an Addiction Intervention Goes Wrong?Once a group of family and friends decide to stage an intervention, they have taken a step toward what they hope will be the beginning of the rehab and recovery process. An intervention is not a guaranteed process, as there are ways the intervention can be set up to promote success, but there are no guarantees. Reasons interventions in Seattle are difficult include the following:

  • The addict is often in denial or of the belief that he or she has everything to lose by admitting to the problem. Resistance is probably going to be strong.
  • Addicts are usually adept at lying. They will say things in the midst of an intervention to protect self-esteem, self-respect and social image.
  • Addicts have a warped sense of reality. The very nature of most addictions is a refusal to see how the destructive behaviors will ruin not just one life but many lives in Seattle. Facts that are apparent to everyone else will not be acknowledged by the addict.
  • Addicts have a strong need and impulse to control the situation, so the intervention can become a power struggle.

For these reasons and more the intervention can often fail to get the addict to see the true nature of his or her addiction. An intervention can seem to do more damage than good, leaving many of the good-intentioned participants wounded and leery of a second attempt.

Common Mistakes Made during Addiction Interventions in Seattle

There are some understandable but common mistakes that friends and loved ones make in staging an intervention. These include the following:

  • Trying to intervene alone. While a private conversation is a good first approach to helping a friend or family member, one-on-one confrontations are usually emotionally charged and ineffective.
  • Failing to coordinate the various roles. One important result of a successful intervention is that the addict begins to see how his or her actions are concretely and visibly damaging loved ones. The intervention should make clear through a coordinated arrangement of voices that the addict is interrupting his or her life and the lives of others in Seattle.
  • In their eagerness to succeed family members and friends often rush to stage an intervention without the necessary preparation.
  • When an intervention fails to get the addict to admit the problem and begin rehab and recovery, family members and friends often fall into a bad pattern of restaging similarly ineffective interventions which tend only to reinforce the addict’s denial or refusal to get help.
  • Sometimes an intervention is initially successful, but no thought has been given to the immediate follow up. Without a plan to get the addict into rehab immediately, the effects can diminish, giving the addict time to reestablish walls of denial and control.

Professional Intervention Help for Seattle Residents

Finding and getting help from counselors who are trained in staging interventions can be the best investment family and friends can make. If you cannot get the addict to accept help, then the possibility of rehab and recovery remains a dream. An experienced interventionist has seen it all before and can make interventions as effect as possible for Seattle residents.

Get Intervention Help

To find out more about interventions, how and when they work, and how a professional can assist you, call our toll-free helpline. We can talk with you about how best to help your friend or family member, and we can put you in touch with professional recovery resources.