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When we do a good, structured family intervention for addiction, we want to use the power of love and concern in a specific and organized way to break through our loved one’s denial and defenses, and bring them to a moment of clarity where they will accept the help we are offering. The goal is to get them appropriate treatment. Furthermore, we want to bring the whole family system into recovery — to make a home for recovery in our home.
Whether you are working with a professional interventionist or not, developing a comprehensive plan of action is vitally important. One-to-one sessions, bargaining and threats don’t work. We need the power of a group.
One of the greatest blocks to taking action is the false belief that we have to feel ready to take action. We don’t need to feel ready–we need to get ready. We need to get new information, develop a new strategy and take action. If everyone waited until they felt ready, very little would get done in the world.
Taking action is an act of faith. As Helen Keller so beautifully said: “Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.”
Faith in the process is what gets us ready for action. We take the first step in the right direction. We learn what works. We come together as a family and make the best decision on how to proceed.