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Interventions Process

An intervention specialist can provide real help to addicts and concerned family members and friends

The Interventions Process

An intervention specialist can provide real help to addicts and concerned family members and friends

An intervention specialist can provide real help to addicts and concerned family members and friends. An intervention specialist has advanced training in addiction and can explain the phenomenon to both addicts and families. The specialist can provide support to help the addict improve and help the family eradicate behaviours that enable the addiction to thrive.

At Minnesota House we are able to help loved ones to plan a properly conducted direct intervention involving collaboration between the family or friends and one of our expert counsellors. It is often as a result of this action that the addicted person can finally receive the help they know they need. An intervention is a coordinated attempt by one or many people – usually family and friends – to get an individual to seek professional help with an addiction.

Confronting an addict with a recommendation of rehabilitation is usually an emotionally charged and tough situation for anxious loved ones but the best methodology is often the most direct approach.

It is important that the family recognizes that they are not professionals, and that all they are asking is for the known substance abuser to be evaluated by a professional who will be able to assess the situation. If the member of the therapeutic team agrees that a problem exists, the family has a responsibility to not stand by and allow the damaging behaviour patterns to remain untreated.

The family must be prepared to remain attentive and involved, to not be pacified by excuses or promises, and to admit the size of the situation and the consequences of the addict’s behaviour. These most frequently take the form of financial and legal trouble, betrayal and dishonesty, and collapse of relationships with family and friends. Should the individual be inflexible or disobliging in their refusal to accept help, there is legal recourse available to encourage them to comply with their family’s wishes. We are able to assist you with the committal process.

For more information and assistance with intervention or committal, do not hesitate to get in touch with Minnesota House.