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Managing Emotions during an Addiction Intervention

Managing Emotions during an Addiction InterventionIndividuals addicted to drugs can abuse personal interaction or have habits that become destructive in excess, making them seem like the most callous and uncaring people alive. After all, they seem to be constantly denying that they have a problem. They manipulate the truth to garner sympathy, and frequently lie or threaten in order to coax more money or a second chance out of an increasingly disillusioned, pained loved one. When confronted about how their actions are hurting others, they seem not to care. There is always an excuse for why they were driven to their wrongdoing; it is never their fault. After much of this, an addict’s circle of loved ones will be understandably ready to demand that he change his ways and seek recovery, or else leave their lives. This is known as an intervention. Though no one looks forward to these kinds of meetings, they can potentially be the most lifesaving event in an addict’s life. How can his family and friends see the opportunity before them to help him regain his former life, which will require them to look beyond their perceived need for the gratification of hurting him as much as he has hurt them?

Emotional vs. Thoughtful Interventions

Emotional interventions are the material of mindless television, played for laughter on sitcoms and shock on soap operas. In real life, they can do immense damage. Whatever love the assembled party may truly bear for the addict will be buried in a painful mound of stabbing accusations and pointing fingers, until the addict feels more preached at than helped and may end the period more than ready to leave their lives for good — at least until he needs something from them again. In a well-thought-out and well-executed intervention, each Des Moines resident involved calmly tells the addict the following things:

  • How good they remember life being with him
  • How his habit has changed him for the worse
  • How painful this is for them and those in their care to watch
  • How much they love him and want to see him better
  • How they will have to change their interactions with him if he refuses to seek recovery

Maintaining this level of calm in such a nest of raw nerves is best accomplished with the help of a family mediator, or interventionist. This professional will work with participating Des Moines residents before the intervention to help them sort out how they wish to approach the addict and what would be most effective for them to say. The interventionist will also be present during the intervention to soothe ruffled tempers and keep the meeting focused, so that it does not splinter off into an angry feud that has forgotten its original purpose.

Addiction Intervention for Your Loved One in Des Moines

Do you know someone in Des Moines who is currently trapped by addiction and is letting it ruin his life, but the thought of confronting him scares you? You can call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline for advice from a counselor who can recommend the best course of action for you to take and encourage you with the possibility of attainable recovery. Your loved one’s life may be waiting for you to show it a new direction, so call us today and let us help you find it.