My Intervention Failed. Now What?

My Intervention Failed. Now What?Interventions are often considered a last ditch effort for many friends and family members of an addict. In most cases, these individuals have tried a bevy of different tactics to help their loved one to stop using; generally by the time an intervention becomes necessary, all of those attempts have fallen on deaf ears. It is important for California families to understand what makes an intervention a failure and what makes it a success – regardless of whether treatment is accepted.

Determining Failure

A number of different results can cause an intervention to be considered a failure. Two red flags that your intervention failed include the following:

  • No consequences – The intervention failed if the addict does not suffer any consequences from their loved ones, such as continuing to live with friends or family that said the addict would have to move out, or if the addict continues to receive financial support even when such aid was supposed to have ended if treatment was not sought.
  • Boundary failure – If the friends and family that administered the intervention continue to allow the addict to interact in their lives despite the boundaries set up during the intervention, the intervention has failed and the addict’s use will generally continue unabated.

Many California families do not fully expect their addicted loved one to not accept or seek treatment after their intervention and are thus not fully prepared to enforce their stated consequences. It is important that families prepare themselves for this potential outcome so that they are ready to hold to their boundaries so their addicted loved one understands how necessary treatment has become.

How to Prevent a Failed Intervention

California families can help prevent their interventions from being considered failures if they do the following things:

  • Uphold boundaries – It is difficult for friends and family to uphold their boundaries; however, by sticking to their guns, they can hopefully bring their addicted loved one to a point where they finally accept treatment.
  • Continue therapy – Friends and family can continue to learn new ways to guide their addicted loved one towards recovery by getting into and/or continuing treatment that helps them do so.

While upholding boundaries and continuing to receive therapy are great ways to help turn around a failed intervention, it can also be helpful for California families to continue to support one another during this challenging time in order to produce the desired results.

The Importance of Treatment

Not only can treatment help California addicts end their cyclical use of dangerous substances, but it can also help them get their physical and psychological wellbeing back in check. In addition, it can encourage the development of positive relationships between both familiar friends and family, and new relationships.

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