In most instances, a New Jersey intervention is successful in helping an addicted person get the help they need for a substance abuse problem. This method is not always successful, however. Even though the majority of people do accept the help offered, a small minority (about 10 percent, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) refuse the help being offered to them. There are a number of reasons why an intervention may not be successful, at least at first.
Preparing for a Successful Intervention
Here are several situations to avoid in order to have a successful intervention in New Jersey.
1. Lack of Preparation
Proper planning is an essential part of a successful intervention. The family needs to understand that there are many things that could go wrong during the process and be prepared for them.
2. Staging the Intervention when the Person is High
For best results, schedule the intervention when the person is not likely to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It’s probably best to find a time when they are not experiencing withdrawal symptoms, either. You want them to be able to understand what is being said during the intervention.
3. Using the Intervention as a Platform to Blame or Shame the Addict
The intervention should be about helping your addicted loved one get into treatment. It’s not a process where the family “dumps” on them or makes them feel ashamed for past events. The addicted person isn’t able to go back and change anything they have said or done in the past.
4. Failing to Have a Treatment Plan in Place Immediately
If your loved one agrees to go to treatment, have a facility with a space ready to take them right away. Don’t lose the momentum from the intervention by having them wait to get into a program. Ideally, you want the person to be able to leave the intervention and go directly to treatment the same day.
5. Not Seeking Help from a Professional Interventionist
Working with a professional interventionist greatly increases the likelihood of success. The interventionist helps the entire family prepare for the New Jersey intervention by sharing information about the disease of addiction. The interventionist is present during the conversation to keep the discussion on track and can accompany your loved one to the treatment facility, if you wish.
If the intervention is not successful, the interventionist will encourage the family to follow through with their stated intentions. Your loved one needs to understand that you are serious about no longer providing financial and practical support if your loved one will not seek help. They may decide to get help weeks or even months later.
The situations above one some of the good reasons why it is important to to have help or seek guidance from an experienced intervention specialist. The majority of professional interventions (roughly 90%) wind up being successful.
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