A family, dedicated to bringing change in the life of an addicted loved one, will stumble and eventually fall short of their aim for lasting change without a structured approach. In the state of Maryland the momentum of confrontation is brought forth by a Rockville Interventionist. A force for enduring and conclusive change within the troubled lives of addicts, an interventionist leads the proceedings through hard-gained experience and in-depth training. Instead of moving into a confrontation without preparation, an interventionist takes the family and discusses options, different models of intervening, the location for the meeting, and every possible element that will play a role in the proceedings. There’s no set time for this preparation, but it’s not uncommon for an entire day to be spent on this organization stage, assigning roles to family members, researching local substance abuse data, and generally covering every possible avenue that the intervention may take.
Beginning the Intervention
The reasoning behind such rigorous preparation is down to the unpredictable behavior of the addicted relative. Drugs and alcohol affect both mind and body, leading to wild mood swings and sudden bouts of anger. The feelings could be partially rooted in a sense of shame, or guilt from being so suddenly confronted by family. The moment is bound to be traumatic, but it also penetrates the haze of dependency that has settled on the troubled loved one, showing that he or she is both cared for and worried over. It’s still a critical moment, and there could still be many emotional highs and lows, with pointed fingers and accusations, but the Rockville Interventionist, someone who has seen every possible twist and turn of a confrontation, keeps the situation under control. Anger is matched with calm facts about the addiction. Sobriety is discussed. Drug dependency and symptoms are carefully mediated over with messages of concern. Follow the instructions of the interventionist and keep some of those facts in mind as momentum. Remember, Maryland has an above average drug-induced death rate (www.whitehouse.gov).
The aim is always to get the family member the treatment that’s so desperately needed, and to supply the means to begin treatment as soon as possible. Remember, addicts are notoriously skilled in the arts of deception so rules must be set down. There can be no checking out of rehab. Instill feelings of support through the entire recovery period.