If you’re considering hosting an intervention for a loved one with a substance abuse problem, chances are you and your family have already undergone a series of emotional setbacks.


There is nothing easy about having a loved one with an addiction, even if you choose not to engage with them because of their hurtful behaviour. But there comes a time when a family can no longer sit by (no matter how much effort they’ve put in in the past to help the individual with their addiction) and watch their loved one hurt themselves and everyone around them.


Interventions are not a light matter, and the decision to host one should be taken seriously. The preparation, the event itself, and the aftermath can be very emotionally draining. So is it worth it all?


This is a question that you and your family need to answer yourselves; there isn’t anyone – an interventionist, counsellor, or doctor – who can make that decision for you. It is up to the family to assess their situation and take a hard look at the life of the addicted individual; how are they doing, really? What kind of help do they need? Are there other approaches you could take to get them help or have you exhausted those? Maybe other options just aren’t the right fit for your situation. These are just examples of questions you can ask or discuss with your family when considering an intervention.


It’s easy in times like these to focus on the negative; to only see the damage that is being done and all the hurt feelings. But in order to answer the question of whether an intervention is worth the emotional strain, you must look at the benefits of an intervention. An intervention is your chance as a family to express your truest feelings about your loved one’s addiction; this is not a chance you will often get. It is also your chance to be supported by a professional interventionist who can mitigate conflict and deal head-on with any problems or outbursts that occur during the meeting. The greatest thing that can come out of an intervention is that your loved one accepts treatment, and starts on their recovery journey.


You must look at all these positive outcomes, and compare them to your present situation with your addicted loved one. Will an intervention better all of your lives? How much are you hurting right now, and could it get any worse if they were able to recover from their addiction? It’s worth the consideration, and is ultimately your choice. No one can make it for you, but it’s always best to weigh all options. Speaking with a professional interventionist can always help to answer any questions you may have about the process, or any concerns that are worrying you.


Meeting with an interventionist and sharing your story can also help you make the decision to host an intervention, and hopefully see whether it is worth the emotional struggle.


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