There are few things more heart rending than watching a friend or loved one suffer from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. It can feel helpless watching these important people in one’s life, slip away into their particular addiction, seemingly lost to the people who love them the most.


In spite of the way people suffer from addiction, no matter how obvious it is that they want to be out from under the monkey on their backs, no one can fight their addiction on their own. Help must always be a part of addiction recovery. So asking if intervention works isn’t the right question. Yes. Intervention works, it is the type of intervention that matters.


Take Stigma Into Consideration

For years people who suffered from drug or alcohol addiction, a chronic disease, were plagued by a devastating stigma surrounding their ailment. People treated addicts like they were inherent criminals, thieves, capable of anything, or psychotic. People who suffered from drug and addiction wouldn’t necessarily feel safe when approached by family or friends about their addiction. In that situation they may feel afraid of judgement, legal penalties, or even family distancing themselves from the addict due to the addiction.


I’ll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours (Empathy That Is)

Discovery InstituteOne of the most important aspects someone should know who is considering staging an intervention is that even if an addict desperately wants help in finding treatment for their addiction they will likely need to be shown some clear signs of benevolence before they are able to be at all open and honest with the person staging the intervention.

A good place to start is to also be open and honest about your intentions. Show your loved one your own vulnerability by explaining to them why you want to talk with them. Let them know that you care for them. Tell them that you know addiction is a disease of the more persistent order and that you will be there for them. Tell them you don’t judge them and mean it. But don’t just talk at them, let them lead the conversation. Releasing that control of the conversation can show your loved one or friend that you trust them and want to be with them in this moment, that it really is about them. Ask them questions about whether they are ready to seek help, and what you can do to help them in the process. Ask if they’ve researched Detox Centers in NJ or Rehabs in NJ. detox like Discovery Institute. Find out where they stand on the possibilities of getting sober. Don’t go in with an “or else” attitude. That sort of demeanor will only drive the addict away.

Sober Living, New Jersey Treatment for Addiction


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Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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