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My Intervention Failed. Now What?

My Intervention Failed. Now What?Each participant in the intervention may have a different outlook and may perceive the success or failure of the intervention in a different way.  If the intervention fails the addict, it does not mean the intervention failed the other participants.  Each intervention is handled differently and is tailored to an addict’s needs.

What Does a Failed Intervention Mean?

Each individual has different expectations for an intervention.  The following are some examples of what some may perceive as a failed intervention:

  • The addict refuses treatment.
  • The family refuses to cooperate or follow through.
  • Those involved plan the wrong form of intervention.

Interventions are set up so that it is ultimately the addict’s choice to accept or deny treatment.  If the addict refuses treatment, this does not mean the intervention has completely failed.  Family and friends who attended the intervention still have a chance to voice their concerns and share their feelings.  Some family members may find it extremely difficult to follow through with their plans if the addict denies treatment, and this could put everyone’s efforts in jeopardy.

The Importance of Following Through with Intervention Plans

Even though the intervention may have failed the addict, this does not mean it failed the other people involved.  The following are some examples of the importance of following through with the intervention plans despite the addict’s decisions:

  • Setting boundaries
  • Helping push the addict toward treatment
  • Benefiting your health

Your addicted loved one has pushed your boundaries past their limits on multiple occasions.  Not only does this affect the relationship you have with your loved one, but it also affects other relationships you have, both personally and professionally.  By keeping the boundaries you set during the intervention, you are showing the addict how much you truly care about his or her wellbeing, as well as your own.  These new boundaries may help the addict realize how serious the addiction truly is and help push the addict toward treatment.  Keeping your boundaries also helps you be in control of your health again.  The constant worry, stress, and anxiety of being involved in your loved one’s life takes a toll.  By setting boundaries, you have complete control over your health, and that is something no one can take away from you.

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