How Intervention Works
Even at his sickest, the addict can accept the reality of his problem if it is presented in a way that he can understand. Those encouraging him to look squarely at the effects of his disease should be people whom the addict loves or respects. They should be important to his personal life and career.
Breaking Through the Denial A group of at least two persons is needed to provide the necessary weight to break through the denial of the addict. An especially effective member of the group is the employer or supervisor of the addict. The risk of losing one's job means a possible loss of both income and identity--severe losses, indeed.
With help from a trained counselor, each group member prepares for the intervention session by assembling two detailed lists. The first is a list of positive memories of how the patient functioned in life prior to the current problem. The second is a list of the times, dates, places and consequences known to them of the addict’s major drinking/use episodes. Each person describes specific consequences of the addict’s behavior and their feelings about these events. They need to document embarrassing behavior, neglect of responsibility, absenteeism, personal injury and other addiction-related events.
With Jerry's help, you'll prepare for the Intervention itself, setting the time and place, arranging things, and preparing mentally and emotionally for the process. Jerry will answer any questions you have and make sure everyone involved is ready.
Then, on that important day, Jerry will guide the process with strength and compassion, helping everyone help the addict to find that inner desire for healing and the end of the addiction.
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