Should You Have an Intervention for Your Addicted Child?
This is a difficult question to answer because every situation is unique. A lot depends on where you are on this journey. If your child has never been to treatment before and they are resistant to treatment but are engaging in behavior that is very risky, then I would lean towards yes. Interventionists can be very effective at getting an addict to agree to go to treatment.
For some people struggling with addiction, an intervention may turn out to be a bad experience that leads to distrust. Depending on circumstances, it may be worth the risk, since an intervention could get them out of their current environment and into treatment. It could prevent a fatal overdose and buy your child time for their brain to heal while in treatment.
Different Types of Interventions
When people think of interventions, typically, they think of the Johnson model intervention which is confrontational in nature. There is another type of intervention known as the CRAFT method which is not confrontational. CRAFT stands for Community Reinforcement and Family Training. People who enter treatment via the CRAFT method may be less likely to relapse. However, this process can take time. If time is of the essence, the Johnson model may be the best choice.
If you have questions about whether or not an intervention is right for your child right now, you should contact a family recovery coach for guidance.