What about Interventions?

It’s hard to make the decision to do an intervention on a loved one.  When do you do it?  And how bad do things have to be before you call in a professional interventionist?  To give some perspective, here is a story.

“True Story”

It’s hard to make the decision to do an intervention on a loved one.  When do you do it?  And how bad do things have to be before you call in a professional interventiA True Story

Five years ago at the age of 14, our son began using drugs on a regular basis. It began with smoking pot at a party and morphed into using the prescription drugs his “friends” were prescribed for various reasons. The roller coaster ride quickly spun out of control affecting friends and family.

Prior to doing drugs, our son was an honor student, a nationally ranked athlete, well liked, very social and a caring and compassionate person. He was very close to all family members and everyone enjoyed his company. With continued usage of both street and prescription drugs, he alienated his good friends and family, became a liar and a thief, dropped out of high school (although he did receive his GED and scored the highest on the test ever in the state) quit the sport he was dedicated to and loved for over 10 years, dropped out of college three times, had run ins with law enforcement, was fired from numerous jobs and was finally asked to leave our house. He drifted from homeless shelters, to government job programs, to psych hospitals, to living with drug people. He tried psychiatrists, psychologists, traditional rehab programs, and out patient rehab programs. Nothing helped. He even tried moving to another state but the problems followed him.

Finally, at a particularly emotionally low ebb for both my husband and I, he went on a prescription drug binge. This landed him in yet another psych hospital. We decided to try one final option as we realized he soon would become just another statistic. As we were in a strange city with no resources at our fingertips I found a rehab center I was vaguely familiar with. I immediately contacted the admissions director and she discussed options with me. She understood that our son refused to try another rehab center. Immediately she contacted (NAME of INTERVENTIONIST) to assist us. She (the interventionist)  literally appeared at our hotel lobby in minutes. She calmed our nerves and a plan was immediately implemented. She presented herself (during the brief visiting hours) to our son and convinced him to seek help now. She whisked him away to a plane headed to a detox center. After completing that segment of the program by her, he was then accompanied to a rehab center that (the interventionist) felt would be most affective for his needs. She utilized this traveling time with him to encourage him and literally created enthusiasm and hope for success. The dedication and care she demonstrated came from her heart. Having experienced a similar situation, she identified with him and his current emotions. Through this compassion and vivaciousness a bond was formulated and much was accomplished in a short time.

Our son is currently participating in the rehab program. Although it is a day by day process, there has been great progress. He is now clear headed, intelligent again, caring and is no longer belligerent or combative. He looks forward to the future and is focused, healthy and has regained his zest for life. We understand that only time will tell and that it is totally up to him but each day brings renewed hope for all. Without the assistance of (the interventionist) we never would have progressed to this point. We are so appreciative of her, she is certainly an angel in our eyes.

VS – A very happy parent!