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Alcohol Interventions

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Watching a loved one’s life be destroyed from their addiction to alcohol is painful and devastating. Unfortunately, your loved one is unlikely to see it this way. When they’re addicted, it is easier to deny they have an issue than admit they need help. Until they come to the point where they admit there’s a problem, there is little anyone can do. Professional alcohol interventions can help family, friends and loved ones confront the individual and help them confront their addiction – before their addiction ruins their life.

Most family and friends wait too long to have an intervention. They feel the individual will overcome their addiction on their own or it is easier to deny there is an issue at all. While he or she may come to you for help, it is unlikely unless they’re forced to confront their problem. By contacting an intervention professional early enough, you can help your loved one get the help they need and give them the best chance at getting their life back on track.

Why Professional Alcohol Intervention is Recommended

Alcohol interventions are difficult. Not only are you combating the nature of alcohol and how it can hold a person, but you’re going up against a person’s personality and ego. Alcohol isn’t an illegal substance and since it can be used on a daily basis without threat from the law, it is easy for casual drinking to turn into an abuse problem – all without the individual admitting there is an issue. A professional alcohol interventionist understands how hostile interventions can seem to the person being intervened.

With a professional involved, you will have an expert who can:

  • Ensure displaced anger from the individual isn’t set on others who are there to help – meaning, he or she can stop the blame game.
  • Filter defensive behaviors that come up during an intervention and keep the intervention on task.
  • Help loved ones confront the individual without making him or her feel trapped or attacked.

Two Types of Alcoholics

During an intervention, a professional interventionist will assess what type of drinker you and your group will be intervening with. There are two types – binge and daily drinkers – and confronting these two types requires two very different methods.

Binge Drinkers – Binge drinkers are not the type to drink everyday nor do they need to drink every day. Some of these individuals can go days or even weeks without having a drink. They’re lifestyles are fairly normal and they’re pleasant to be around. But, once they start drinking, they become a completely different person. During their drinking sessions they will often consume excess amounts and exhibit behaviors like causing scenes, passing out, fighting or even committing crimes.

Daily Drinkers – Daily drinkers cannot go a day without a drink. They may have just one drink or they may have multiple drinks, but their body and mind are totally dependent on having that drink each day. If a person doesn’t address this issue fast enough, it will be much more difficult to break the hold of alcohol on their mind.

How Interventions Work

A professional intervention is one that is planned out and covers the who, what, when, where, why and how. Everyone is coached and rehearsed well before the intervention date. It is imperative that participants cite how the person’s drinking has impacted them and their life – not matter how difficult it is to recall or confront. In the end, the goal is to get the person to admit they have an issue and seek help.

Timing is Imperative, Don’t Wait

An alcohol intervention must be performed just right. Waiting too long can decrease the effectiveness of the session and even push the person into further alcoholism issues. Speak to a professional as soon as possible about intervention. The National Alcohol and Drug Dependency Resource Center offers up-to-date resources regarding treatment and interventionists in your area ready to help. Contact us today, anytime by dialing 1-800-517-2241.