Addiction is a life-threatening disease with devastating consequences. Family members, relatives, friends and colleagues are all impacted. Marriages dissolve, children are neglected, careers, friendships and other relationships destroyed. Additionally, there may be health, legal and financial consequences as well. Without help, the disease can be fatal. Ignoring an addiction does not make it go away. If addiction is destroying the life of a loved one, an intervention may be needed.

An intervention is the beginning of the healing process for both the addict and the family. It starts your loved one on their path to recovery and provides them with an opportunity to experience how significantly their disease has impacted those closest to them. During the intervention, family and friends will actively participate in sharing their perceptions, emotions and experiences; describe how the addiction has affected them and in what way, they will be willing to support the loved one in their recovery.

It is important to remember that the primary goal of an intervention is to have your loved one accept the help that is being offered and agree to enter treatment. The family members can facilitate this process by defining the changes that will be made in their relationship with the loved one if help is refused. These boundaries may range from limiting time, resources and communication with the loved one to detaching with love and having no contact until the addict decides to get help.

Many of us have seen first hand the devastating consequences addiction can have on an individual and their family. Unfortunately, those caught in the throws of addiction are often so consumed, that they are unable to see what they are doing to themselves and those around them. Or worse, they have gotten to a point where they don’t care. The intervention is a compassionate and supportive way of breaking through this denial and letting your loved one know that they are loved, important and worthy of an opportunity for a better life. Those who are intervened upon may feel angry, hurt and betrayed. They may think that an intervention is the worst thing that has ever happened to them only later to realize, that it was the beginning of a new life. If you are concerned for a loved one, do not hesitate to contact me. I would be pleased to answer any of your questions.

Phone: (860) 490-3292
Email Seth A. Weinstein

Seth A. Weinstein, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Specializing in Addictions, Trauma and Codependency