Seven Reasons to Have an Intervention

As loved ones of cocaine addicts, we often want to help them but find how to do so challenging. Sometimes a softer yet direct approach of having a heart-to-heart conversation can help push an individual to start the road toward recovery. However, the addict often fails to see their addiction as a problem or may be unable to acknowledge it. For this instance, a more focused approach is often needed, such as intervention. Additional support may be required to help with the intervention.

Those who struggle with addiction are often in denial about their addiction and are unwilling to seek treatment. They are unable to recognize the negative effects and consequences of their behaviors on both themselves and others. Holding an intervention gives your loved one an opportunity to make changes before his situation becomes worse, and can help motivate him to seek or accept help.

Reasons to Have an Intervention

When an individual starts using and abusing cocaine, they often find themselves in a position where using becomes the priority and all other responsibilities are put on the back burner. Because of this, addicts often find it difficult to understand the impact their addiction has caused themselves and their loved ones, even though they may be experiencing negative side effects such as health conditions, homelessness and criminal issues. As loved ones, it’s hard to not have an immediate solution for the addict’s behaviors and to feel unable to help them correct them. Depending on the addict, he may sit down and discuss his addiction or may avoid any discussion related to their cocaine use. Sometimes, as a last resort, family members decide to hold an intervention for their loved ones for the following reasons:

  • Addiction is a progressive disease that if left untreated can worsen and even be fatal
  • Save a loved one’s life
  • Help them understand how his addiction has impacted his personal life and the lives of others
  • Show the addict how loved he is
  • Addicts often don’t understand the extent of their addiction
  • Gives hope
  • Prevents them from hitting “rock bottom”

The primary goal of an intervention is to get a loved one to seek treatment. During this process loved ones are able to address how the addict’s life was prior to cocaine and how her life currently is, such as the changes that have occurred with her physically, mentally and financially. This is not a time to criticize the addict but rather show her how her cocaine addiction has negatively impacted her life. If the addict declines treatment, loved ones can and should explains concrete boundaries that will take effect in their relationship. This is often extremely difficult for loved ones, especially those who are codependent on the addict.

Codependency, is extremely common and refers to a behavior in which all an individual’s energy and focus is on the addicted loved one. The codependent individual typically will sacrifice his personal needs to help take care of the addict. When codependents place other’s health, welfare and safety before their own, they often lose contact with their own personal needs, desires and sense of identity. For those individuals, they may even be encouraged to seek treatment, establish and stick to healthy boundaries and be encouraged to engage in activities they once enjoyed.

An intervention is often a family’s last attempt to help their addicted loved seek treatment. Many loved ones are at a point where they can no longer handle the addict’s lifestyle without it severely affecting their own. Loved ones are encouraged to speak highly of the addict prior to his addiction in order to show how his addiction has negatively impacted his life. During the intervention, loved ones also inform the addict of what will happen if he denies their requests to seek treatment. These boundaries, when enforced, can give loved ones their lives back and help the addict get closer to accepting treatment. Interventions are often full of emotion for the addict and their loved ones but the choice to seek treatment is primarily up to the addict.

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If you or someone you know and love is struggling with an addiction to cocaine and keeps engaging in dangerous activities, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our highly trained and professional counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your addiction questions and help you find the best treatment available. Intervention help is just a call away, so call us today!

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