What Is A Faith-Based Intervention?

5. April 2016

Addiction and alcoholism are serious illnesses that often require intensive treatment to recover from. For the person who is struggling with addiction, there is often a thick layer of denial that keeps them from fully comprehending the severity of their problem. Family members are often frustrated by this, because the problem seems abundantly clear to them, so why can’t the addicted person see it?

This is characteristic of the disease, and it makes it difficult to treat. One way to help break through the denial and other defense mechanisms that often surround the person in addiction is an intervention. If the person struggling with addiction is religious, then a faith-based intervention can be helpful.

What Is An Intervention?

In its simplest form, an intervention is a confrontation. When friends or family members approach an addicted loved one about their problem, it is a form of intervention. Interventions usually consist of one or more family members coming together with the intention of getting their loved one to take some type of action. Actions may include admitting their problem, going to talk to a doctor or other professional about their problem, or going to a treatment center.

In the case of a professional intervention, the event is facilitated by a licensed addiction professional or therapist with experience in this area. Friends and family are still at the heart of the intervention, but the presence of a professional helps to keep the meeting on track, and the goal in focus.

This is a big reason why professional interventions are more successful than informal interventions. The presence of an experienced professional allows for the intervention to flow more smoothly, and avoids the situation becoming derailed by anger or other powerful emotions. Addiction is tough on the family. By the time you have reached the intervention stage, there is often a great deal of fear, anger, frustration and hopelessness involved. While it’s important to let your loved one know how their addiction has affected the family, it’s equally important to avoid shaming, blaming and outbursts.

Finally, a skilled interventionist is often able to help the family break through the denial that often surrounds addiction. When someone is in active addiction, their denial is a powerful defense mechanism. Anger, threats, pleas and bargains simply won’t break through. This makes confrontations frustrating for family members, and leads to counterproductive intervention attempts. The presence of a professional can keep this from happening, and often an outside party is the person that the addict will respond to best.

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Faith, Recovery and Intervention

For the person of faith who is addicted, life often feels confusing and hopeless. While faith is a source of comfort for many, the guilt and shame that accompanies active addiction causes people to push away their faith, robbing them of the opportunity to draw on its strength and hope.

Many people in recovery from addiction have rediscovered their faith, and it is an important part of their healing process. There are many faith-based treatment centers that integrate religious teachings and principles along with traditional addiction treatment into their programs. While the addicted individual may have distanced themselves from their religious practice, it is still very much a part of their lives, and it can be incorporated into the intervention process. When faith is incorporated into the process in a loving way, it can help break through the fear and denial of the addict. Fear is a big barrier to getting help for many people suffering from addiction. Faith can bring a reassuring sense of safety to the process.

This type of intervention can be a step in the direction of healing and forgiveness for all involved. It should obviously only be used if the person who is addicted shares that faith. Using this strategy for a family member who does not share your faith may backfire.

Is It Time For A Faith-Based Intervention?

If you are concerned about a family member’s addiction, then an intervention may be the logical next step. If your loved one is in danger, is having health or legal consequences, is expressing hopelessness or has hit a bottom, you can arrange an intervention. If you have tried to get through to them and it hasn’t worked, or if your family is being torn apart by addiction, an intervention can begin the healing process.

A professional intervention doesn’t just help the addict, it helps the whole family. The interventionist is there to support all of you, and help the addicted family member get the help that they need.

Getting Started With A Faith-Based Intervention

If you are ready to begin the intervention process, call Intervention Services, Inc. Help begins the moment you pick up the phone. Intervention Services, Inc. provides ongoing support for the addicted person and the family. Call 877-478-4621 today. You don’t have to wait for things to get worse.