The daily joy of living can quickly descend into a nightmare of trying to get through the day when dealing with an addict. A friend feels the frustration of pleading, trying to stop drinking before sobriety slips away forever. A family threatens to fly apart at the middle as various members argue over what to do to stem the symptoms of a loved one who has fallen prey to an illicit substance. There are fears of overdose to deal with, the terror of the relative leaving home and never returning, wondering if he or she is locked up or experimenting with a new substance. The entire situation is paralyzing, and only a powerful act can effect change in this awful cycle of dependence. An intervention quickly becomes the solution, perhaps the only solution, but successful results hinge on how the intervention is hosted. A poorly hosted confrontation will feel like an attack, chasing the loved one off into the night, while an authoritatively handled event dispels denial and anger, enabling the addicted loved one to accept help, to end the suffering of irresistible craving and finally enter rehab.
This goal, when realized, is an incredible triumph, but realizing it may take the authority and mastery held by an interventionist.
An Intervention is More than Talking
Every year in the state of Kansas, close to 300 people die due to drug-related causes (www.whitehouse.gov). A Topeka Interventionist is painfully aware of such facts and figures, and strongly motivated toward combating them. This is done by transforming the intervention from a family-formed event of commendable intentions into a formal, medically recognized force that will effect change. The change comes from enacting a strategy based on a recognized model, incorporating techniques that have been used in successful interventions for decades. The factors that define the model can alter everything from how to approach an addict to how best to utilize members of a support team. It sounds complex, but the job of the Topeka Interventionist is to translate the techniques into forms that the group can understand.
The strategy comes together in an intense planning stage, with every member of the family support team in attendance. They create statements designed to express love and concern, directing the addicted relative to a rehabilitation facility. Complete the strategy by making follow-up trips to the facility to avoid hope-crushing relapses.