At Addiction Care Recovery Services, we have staged countless interventions over time, and we know that, sometimes, not everything goes according to plan. When things go wrong during an intervention, and sometimes they do, you need to know how to approach the situation.

What happens during an intervention?

An intervention is a planned family meeting, performed in the presence of a professional interventionist, during which family members and friends will confront the addicts about their problems. An intervention is necessary especially because most addicts will hide their addiction, refuse to get help, and even deny there’s anything wrong with them in the first place. These are common defensive tactics with severe consequences long-term.

Substance addiction is progressive, which means that the disease will worsen every day that the patient evades treatment. An interventionist’s role is to identify and eliminate manipulative tactics like victimization, deflection, denial, or simulated indignation. It’s also necessary to guide the feelings and emotions of all those involved and to steer the discussion towards the things that matter.

However, things don’t always go as planned. No matter how rigorous and detailed the procedure is, the patient may end up refusing any help whatsoever.

What if the patient refuses treatment?

If following the intervention, the patient still refuses treatment, it is imperative for all those close to the patient to stick with the plan. However cruel it may seem, you need to refrain from supporting the addict anymore, both emotionally and financially. You must understand that, when things go wrong during an intervention, there is no turning back.

If you want what’s best for the victim, you need to make the right choices. Many people give in to their emotions or allow the addict to manipulate them emotionally, which will only make things worse. If addicts receive understanding and support, no matter their choices, they will see no reason to change their habits. We have seen many situations where people have left the intervention mid-session, as well as family members who, out of compassion, have sided with the addict.

That’s the worst thing you could do. We advise you to follow our expert’s instructions to the letter and not give in to your emotions. If you want what’s best for your loved one, you must stick with the plan to the end.

The importance of early intervention

The intervention has a lot more chances of success when performed in the early stages of addiction. If you allow the disease to spiral out of control, all guarantees will fly out the window. You need to act promptly, and avoid the late stages of addiction when things go wrong during an intervention.

If you want the intervention to succeed, you need to work with us for the patient’s wellbeing. If you believe someone you know abuses drugs or alcohol regularly, contact us, at Addiction Care Recovery Services immediately! We’ll listen to your story and help stage an addiction as soon as possible.

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