Knowing When To Stage An Intervention

By O'Connor Professional Group

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Interventions can be a big word for families who are watching a loved one falter under the weight of a substance addiction or mental health issue. Turning to an intervention can feel like turning toward failure. Parents especially want to believe that they are capable of helping and even fixing their child. Spouses want to be the one to support and encourage their partners. When mental or behavioral health issues stem so far beyond control that there are no more options left, asking for the guidance of a professional interventionist is not a failure. Staging an intervention is often the most successful and impactful step a family can take in getting someone they love the help which is critically needed.

Typically, an intervention happens at the end of a family’s ability to get through to their loved one. Addiction and varying mental health as well as behavioral health disorders often come with an extensive amount of denial. Admitting to having a problem which is beyond one’s own control can be difficult to do. Those who are living with addiction or other mental health struggles are often trying to reconcile with an overwhelming amount of guilt and shame for their actions, their behaviors, the thoughts they have in their own mind, and what their life has become. That guilt and shame can put up dense blinders to the rest of their lives. Out of an unwillingness to objectively look at their lives, though well knowing what their lives have become, results a complicated denial of potentially dangerous life circumstances. If a loved one in your life has lost the ability to objectively see the results of their choices, continues to put themselves in danger, or has put any member of your family in danger as a result of their choices, it is time to stage an intervention.

Working with an interventionist provides families with structure, support, education, and a plan for action. There are different approaches to interventions which take different amounts of time and require different actions on the part of the family. Ultimately, an interventionist’s goal is to help the family create a plan for treatment and persuade their loved one to accept help. With professional guidance, the family is instructed on what to say, what not to say, and how to behave before, during, and after an intervention. For the families who have tried everything themselves, interventions are a welcome relief aid and a hope for a better future.

Interventions can be the beginning of incredible transformation. When you are trying to help someone in need, trying to find an interventionist and make arrangements can be hard. O’Connor Professional Group offers intervention services, treatment planning and more so you can focus on supporting your loved one. Call us today for information on our concierge style services: (617) 910-3940

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