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7 Common Misconceptions About Addiction InterventionsWhen alcohol or drugs have taken over a loved one’s life, and they seem reluctant to face the facts about their addiction, sometimes we turn to an “intervention” to help them see that they need help. An intervention is when a group of loved ones — family, friends and concerned others — gather together to try and help the person see that they need treatment for their addiction.

For those who have never been involved in an intervention, the process may seem daunting and full of unanswered questions. Many people have only seen drug interventions on television or in movies, and are not sure what to expect at an actual intervention.

Here are seven common misconceptions about drug and alcohol interventions.

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7 Common Misconceptions About Addiction Interventions

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  1. My understanding is that interventions have poor outcome? Also, what are ethical implications of professional counselor “ambushing” a client? Aren’t clients supposed to initiate contact with the counselor rather that other way around?

  2. An intervention done well can trigger the desire of an addict to get better, it might not happen right away but it lays the foundation in their mind that people care about them and are there to help them get better. Plus, interventions work both ways, the people wanting to help the addict must also learn and control how they may be triggering or facilitated the disease to continue.

  3. Luke on General Hospital went through An intervention; and it worked:

  4. I know I am high functional alcoholic. My son in law is an AA person and he and my daughter did an AA tough love approach and stopped any contact including forbidding me from seeing my 8 Jr old grandson. I sought help with a non as group. The isolation continued and I had a relapse. Ended up in the Er with high had. Had a great evaluation with a psychologist and left the er very motivated.Spent a lot of time developing a recovery plan Talked several times with a close friend we are both psychologists.
    She arranged a meeting to coordinate how to provide support.My daughter was there and I was told I would see my grandson. I was so relieved and excited.

    You guessed it Intervention time No planning No professional read my plan and was then told to shut up while my friend read the 12 steps My daughter was delighted AA was the only way. I was then and continue to be shunned Completed a non AA residential program but that was not good enough. I have been deified for disagreeing with what I think was an improper and botched intervention Have not seen my grandson for a year. They are now moving to S Korea.
    Is there any recourse for what I consider to be cruel treatment for someone who wants help but has been humiliated and has no family support?

  5. Isn’t there a theory circulating that the best time talk to the addict is when they are in the comtemplative stage of change.
    I found I contemplated change the most when I was in withdrawal. The first day talking to me would not have worked, I would have been to sick. The second day it probably would have.
    When is the best time to unleash a well planned intervention.

  6. Is it better for a person to go to rehab or have an intervention, or will they be better off having both to speed their recovery?

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