My Intervention Failed. Now What?

My Intervention Failed. Now What?Even after a staging and intervention with Ohio friends and family, your addicted loved one may continue to reject treatment. He may decide he can work with, or subvert, any consequences and boundaries that have been promised while continuing to use. If your intervention does not cause your addicted loved one to seek immediate treatment, you have still done him a valuable service and can continue to help him see the consequences of his addiction.

Find a Professional to Help an Ohio Loved One Seek Addiction Treatment

The love and resolve of family and friends are key to the success of any intervention. It is a mistake, however, to not also bring in the expert guidance of an addiction recovery professional. If you are not already working with an intervention specialist, contact one before moving forward. It may be helpful to stage a second intervention with the help of a professional in order to get your Ohio loved one into treatment.

Recovering from a Failed Intervention

Before planning your next step, the intervention specialist you have chosen to work with may want to first assess the damage caused by the earlier attempt at intervention. It is not uncommon for failed interventions to result in arguments or even fights. Undisciplined participants may have done or said things to the addict in the course of the intervention for which they should now apologize. Conflicts between friends and family may have surfaced that need to be resolved.

Most importantly, the addict may have reacted in a way that puts her into more danger. If she has retreated to the company of other users or made threats of violence or suicide, efforts should immediately be made to stabilize her situation.

Even a Failed Intervention Is a Positive First Step toward Recovery

Even when an addict angrily rejects help, there may be significant progress made in a failed intervention. Positive accomplishments may include:

  • The process has begun – Forcing the addict to face the issue head-on now gives her a chance to get started quickly.
  • Message delivered – Your failed intervention may still have made it clear that to the addict that her situation is going to change and she should be prepared.
  • New rules are made – If during your intervention you included a promise of consequences, you have redefined the rules your relationships with the addict.

Looking at the bigger picture of your loved one’s addiction can help you see reasons for continued hope and action.

What Went Wrong with the First Intervention?

There are many factors that can contribute to the failure of an intervention. They may include:

  • Participants not knowing individual roles
  • Not listening to the addict
  • Engaging in off-topic confrontation
  • Involving the wrong people
  • Poor scheduling
  • No immediate option to begin treatment

A professional interventionist can help you identify the problems with you last attempt and avoid them in the future so you can get your Ohio loved one to seek treatment. Now that your love one has rejected treatment, it is important that everyone in the person’s life stick to the consequences they have promised. Unless your interventionist says otherwise, it is important not change or renegotiate these consequences. Standing by these consequences helps ensure that treatment is an attractive option and that you are no longer enabling her drug or alcohol use.

Help Your Ohio Loved One Overcome Addiction

Family members are called upon to support their loved one’s efforts at recovery in many ways beyond one intervention. For more information on how you can continue to help an Ohio loved one after a failed intervention, call our toll-free helpline. Addiction professionals are available 24 hours a day to help you find the treatment and support that is right for you and your family.