The disease of addiction may be causing severe emotional strain for you, your family, and others who care about the addicted person. Worse yet, you may not know when or how to intervene, or where you can turn for help.
Caron staff can help you with this process. We have well trained experienced and professional staff that will work with you and your family to prepare for an intervention. In some cases, a member of the Caron staff may conduct the intervention (not available in all areas) or we can recommend an interventionist serving your area. We have relationships with a number of external interventionists who have worked with us closely over the years and helped many patients and families seeking treatment. We can connect you with one of these highly trained and experienced professionals immediately and they will help guide you through the process.
What is an intervention?
An intervention is an attempt—usually organized by family and friends—to convince a loved one to seek professional addiction treatment. Ideally, interventions are planned meetings, led by professional interventionists; in which participants (family and close friends) confront the addicted person in a loving yet honest way.
Typically, participants read letters to the addict that conveys how his or her disease has impacted them. Participants also deliver a list of ultimatums, or things they will no longer tolerate or participate in if the individual refuses to seek addiction treatment. Ultimatums range from refusing to provide money to the addict to stating one's intent to seek custody of children who may be endangered by the addict’s behavior.
After letters are read and the consequences of refusing treatment are clearly outlined, the addict must decide whether he is going to seek help or live with addiction and its aftermath.
For an intervention to be successful, it is important that enough time has been given to set up the actual intervention. Additionally, a properly conducted intervention should always involve the collaboration of a professional interventionist and supportive family and friends. Often interventionist services, depending on the location, include transportation to our admissions office to ensure a smoother transition for the family and the patient through this emotional process.
There is never a “right time” for an intervention. For families and professionals dealing and working with an addicted individual who is resisting treatment, please call us to discuss what steps you should take. We have options that can meet your needs and professionals that will offer guidance during this most difficult time and begin to offer you hope for the future.