Finding an Interventionist in Kennewick, Washington

Television may have convinced you that an intervention is a dramatic affair wherein a person is forced into addiction treatment against his or her will. That is just TV.

In reality, an intervention in Kennewick is a two-fold process that is designed to (1) help an addicted person realize and accept the need for addiction treatment in Kennewick, and (2) help that person’s family and friends come to understand how to repair the damage their loved one’s addiction has caused in their own lives.

It has been said that addiction is a family disease, and that statement is largely true. When one member of the family suffers from substance use disorder, the whole family suffers. Often, a person with SUD will, whether intentionally or unconsciously, manipulate family members and cause the family to assume unhealthy roles that actually support the addiction.

It is only when the family and friends of an addict understand how their own behaviors are supporting the addiction and adjust those behaviors that the family is in a real position to offer the right kind of support to help their loved one enter an addiction treatment program.

This is easier said than done, and that is where an interventionist comes into the picture. An interventionist in Kennewick first helps the family to stop enabling the addict and then offers guidance and support as the loved one enters into treatment.

Because an intervention is a deeply personal experience, it is smart to look for an interventionist with whom your entire family feels comfortable. Experience and credentials are, of course, important, but an interventionist must also have the type of personality which will appeal to your loved one. Some questions you might like to ask your interventionist are:

  • What training have you received to become an interventionist?
  • Do you have experience with the substance to which my loved one is addicted?
  • What is your success rate for getting people into rehab?
  • What method of intervention do you use?
  • What preparations must the family make prior to the intervention?
  • What happens if my loved one does not want to accept help?
  • What happens if my loved one wants to go to rehab right away?
  • Do you offer post-intervention counseling?

When you get the answers to these questions, you will have a better idea of the process and the personality of the interventionist.

Drug Intervention Counselor In Kennewick, WA

Drug intervention has three principles at its core: Accountability, responsibility, and accepting reality. When a family is struggling with substance abuse in one of its loved ones, one or all three of these may slip, depending on the person. Perhaps a member of the family is willfully refusing to admit how the money given to an addict is really being used. Perhaps the family has resorted to a verbal confrontation with their loved one, resulting in more strain on the family. Or perhaps they are simply hoping that once the person they love finds a better job or meets the “right person” that this drug addiction will be a phase that will end.

An interventionist acts to restore these three principles. Family members must admit their accountability for their actions, look at their responsibility to both themselves and the other members of the family, and accept the reality of the situation, acknowledging their hopes for what they are and facing squarely the realities that need to be faced. When family members end enabling and codependent behaviors and hold their loved one accountable for his or her actions, then healing can begin.

Kennewick, WA Drug  and Addiction Intervention Counselors

Although there are several different models for interventions, all of them have a few steps in common.

First, intervention counselors in Kennewick start with a consultation, sometimes done by phone. In this conversation, the counselor learns about the person who is addicted, the circumstances of the addiction, and the ideas the family has about why the addict is still comfortable in his or her addiction.

Second, the interventionist works with all the family members and friends who will be participants in the intervention to be sure everyone is on the same page and everyone understands the true nature of addiction, both for their loved one and for their own lives.

Third, the interventionist will likely recommend moving quickly once everyone is on the same page about the process. There is rarely any good reason to delay getting your loved one the help he or she needs. Every day you delay the process is just another day spent in addiction for your loved one and misery for your family.

Alcohol Intervention Near Me

Alcohol intervention will require a slightly different approach. Anyone who has attempted to speak with someone struggling with alcohol abuse and dependency knows, first-hand, that it is difficult to make that person face reality. Society tends to portray only the extreme end of alcohol abuse, where someone is homeless, jobless, friendless, and completely incapable of doing anything other than drink as “a problem,” and everything else is “I could just cut back.” Many will use a litany of excuses or even attempt to portray the person who is raising the issue as the one who has some form of problem. An alcohol interventionist is trained to shut down these excuses and help a person facing alcohol addiction view it realistically.

An intervention is simply the beginning of an emotional journey for everyone involved. Substance abuse recovery and sobriety are complicated issues that cannot be solved with one event. But by stepping in, you are showing those you love that you care. Reach out today to The Recovery Village to find out about interventionists and other addiction treatment resources in your area.