Four Reasons Some Interventions Fail

Four Reasons Some Interventions Fail
Sometimes, interventions fail simply because the addict is not yet ready to make the commitment.

Planning an intervention requires tremendous amounts of time, money and effort. However, when a loved one is suffering from addiction to a substance like amphetamine, the personal sacrifices may be necessary. Unfortunately, all of these efforts can feel worthless if the addict still refuses to enter treatment following the intervention. With careful planning however, you may be able to avoid some of the common causes of failed interventions.

Not Hiring a Professional

One of the best ways to ensure a successful intervention is to hire a professional interventionist. These individuals are trained to help you plan each step of the intervention to best suit the addict’s needs. For example, an amphetamine addict who is in denial of his or her problem may require more planning than an addict who is aware he or she has a problem. Trained interventionists are also incredibly helpful in weighing the positives and negatives of different treatment programs should the addict agree to recovery. Lastly, professional interventionists are skilled at properly handling any unexpected issues that may arise.

Not Planning the Next Step

When a group of people try to plan an intervention without the help of a professional, they often forget to plan for what will take place after the intervention has finished. In order for the amphetamine addict to comfortably agree to treatment, he or she must be confident that a clear plan is in place. This means that a treatment facility and a financial plan should both be in place before the intervention even occurs. During the intervention, you can explain these plans and then work on making any last-minute modifications as necessary.

Not Defining Boundaries

Another problem that arises during an intervention is the failure to define boundaries. These predetermined boundaries should be expressed to the addict while the intervention is taking place so that he or she is aware of the consequences of rejecting treatment. Without stating these clearly, the addict may believe that nothing will change regardless of whether they accept or decline treatment. Furthermore, if you do set boundaries, you must be prepared to follow through with them. Addicts often decline treatment initially, only to change their minds once they are faced with the stated consequences.

The Addict is Simply Not Ready

Sometimes, it can be easy to assume that interventions only fail because they weren’t planned well enough. This is not always the case, however. No matter how much money and time are put into planning the intervention, failure is always a possibility. Based on what is said and done at an intervention, an addict must personally decide whether or not he or she will proceed with treatment. Because of this, even the best-trained interventionists have occasional failures. It is impossible to control whatever unknown factors may be influencing the addict’s decision. A failed intervention does not mean that all hope is lost for the addict. With enough time and reassurance, the addict may eventually make the wise decision to seek addiction treatment.

Get Help with Interventions

The best of intentions and the commitment from a group of concerned family members and friends are not the only requirements you need to have a successful intervention. There is a great deal more involved. Therefore, if you or a loved one has become addicted to drugs or alcohol, and you need to speak to someone about interventions, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about interventions and addiction treatment options.