What Are Reverse Interventions?
Hopefully, your loved ones will be supportive of your decision to get help for your substance abuse, but in some situations, they may be in denial or upset about your choice to go to rehab. In this case, you may have to perform a reverse intervention. During a reverse intervention, instead of simply sharing with your family that you would like to get help, you may have to talk them through their denial and strong emotions to convince them that you need treatment.
Preparing for a Reverse Intervention
To prepare for a reverse intervention, you should be ready to have a calm but honest discussion. Writing down what you would like to say can help you stay calm and on-topic if you think the conversation may get particularly heated. Be prepared to listen to reactions from your loved ones, even if they are negative. Your relatives may be deeply upset by the thought of having an addiction in the family, so be ready for strong emotions during the discussion. Listening to your loved ones’ perspectives may bring some of their defenses down.
Start the conversation by telling your family that you have spent a lot of time thinking about your options and looking into rehab facilities in your area, ultimately deciding that treatment is the best option for you. It can help to dispel some of the common myths about addiction and rehab; for instance, experts have accepted that addiction is a brain disease that can be treated, not a character flaw as some would believe. Educating your family about the nature of addiction may ease some of their negative feelings.
If this approach is not effective, explain to your loved ones that they are the most influential people in your life, and having their support through this journey might be what helps you recover. Framing the situation that way can help them view your choice in a more positive light.
When Your Decision To Get Sober Is Not Supported
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your family may not agree with your choice to go to rehab. In this scenario, set boundaries with them. They are welcome to be upset and work through their own emotions about your addiction, but the best choice for your health and wellbeing is to seek treatment. Hopefully, seeing your recovery later on, they will come to support your decision.
In other situations, loved ones may be hesitant to accept your choice to get help because they are struggling with an addiction themselves. Your choice to seek rehab may make them more aware of their own struggles with substance abuse. If they accept that you need help, they may feel forced to admit their own problem. You may offer to link them to treatment if and when they are ready, but continue to maintain your commitment to rehab treatment
If you live with a drug or alcohol addiction and are ready to make the courageous decision to seek treatment, The Recovery Village at Baptist Health is here to help. Contact us today to begin your journey toward a life that is free from drugs and alcohol.
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