Four Reasons Some Interventions Fail

Four Reasons Some Interventions Fail

Addiction causes families to divide between those who help the addict and those who no longer want them in their life. This divide in family structure can make the chance of intervention success dwindle.  It’s important for loved ones to learn about the many factors that can influence an intervention and its outcome, both prior and after.

Reasons Interventions Fail

Interventions are not easy to be involved in and often uncover a tremendous amount of emotional pain for both the marijuana addict and loved ones. Included in the following are four examples of why interventions fail:

  • Failure to use a professional
  • Wavering from a determined goal
  • Divided family
  • No immediate plan of action

Although not all interventions that do not utilize an interventionist fail, the likelihood of failure is greater than those interventions that include a professional. Family members are often not accustomed to confronting and addressing issues so by having a professional present, families can address issues succinctly. The ultimate goal of an intervention is to get your loved one to accept treatment. However, if the addict feels attacked or defensive, he may try to turn the tables and start an argument, distracting from the goal. If you are planning an intervention, make sure all attendees are on the same page and involved in the planning of the intervention and the researching of treatment options. If even one family member is off board, his presence may jeopardize the intervention. By preparing an immediate plan for treatment, addicts are less likely to change their minds or lose interest.

Next Step Options

Although the purpose of the intervention is for the addict to agree to treatment, it does not always occur.  Included in the following are some examples of the next steps after an intervention has failed:

  • Try another intervention
  • Keep your boundaries
  • Enter treatment yourself

If the intervention failed but the addict did not seem upset or agitated, another intervention may succeed.  If another intervention is held, make sure everything is planned, a professional attends and all attendees share the same goals. If the addict completely rejected any offer for treatment, enforce the boundaries you set. Make sure the addict understands that if he continues to use, you will no longer let them in your life. Holding your boundaries may be difficult, but this could help improve your life and health, as well as the addict’s. Having an addicted loved one can take a tremendous toll on your body, both mentally and physically. We can become dependent on our loved ones and worry about the consequences we face if we don’t help them. If you are struggling with this, enter treatment for your health for co-dependency.

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