It is incredibly painful to watch a loved one struggling with alcoholism, drug problems, an eating disorder or other destructive behavior. Figuring out how to confront the issue can be tough and addicts are often in denial and resistive to conversations about their problem. Increasingly, families are opting for an intervention approach. An intervention is a professionally directed face-to-face meeting of family members, friends and/or colleagues with the person suffering from addiction. During the intervention, the addict’s loved ones present the consequences of addiction and ask him or her to accept treatment. An intervention can be conducted without an intervention professional, but consulting an addiction specialist, such as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, a social worker, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, or an interventionist, can help you organize a more effective intervention. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s intervention experts today.

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In many addiction cases, family and friends of the suffering addict find themselves helpless and at a loss when faced with the terrible dilemma that is destroying lives. One service I offer is a single session evaluation designed to help the ill person recognize that he or she has choices and that real and effective assistance with one-on-one private sessions are available. My work is to offer hope, help create courage, and instill the lost faith that life can change!

— James Shiver, Addictions Counselor in Brentwood, TN