Intervention and the Holidays

The holidays can truly be the most wonderful time of the year; filled with the warmth of family, friends, cozy get-togethers, and opportunities to catch up with those we rarely have time to visit with during the rest of the year. We all typically want to spend the holiday season surrounded by our loved ones, but what if you have someone in your life living with an addiction? It can be all too easy to consider simply putting off the intervention until after the holidays have come to an end, but the reality is that you may just find that this is the best time for you to stage an intervention.

An intervention is a very positive step in the right direction for your addicted loved one to get the help that he or she needs to combat addictive behaviors. Brushing unpleasant things under the rug so that you can enjoy a nice family-filled holiday is not the best way to handle things, and could actually cause a lot more stress and frustration for all involved.

The Basics of an Intervention

One of the primary reasons that families tend to put off interventions is that they simply don’t know enough about the process and about how it all works for the benefit of your loved one. There is so much misinformation out there on the internet, and what you see in movies and on television shows don’t always portray an accurate representation of an intervention. Minimize the confusion and stick to the basics, perhaps even consider working with an interventionist to help get things moving smoothly in the right direction.

There are several important things that you will need to know before the intervention, including the following.

Why Now?

Despite your preference for calm and peaceful family holidays, this might actually be one of the best times of the year in which to stage the intervention, for a few reasons.

The longer that you put off an intervention, the longer it could take your loved one to get the help that he or she needs. The holidays are so filled with stress and strife, regardless of how much of a peaceful time you are hoping for, that you may also find that your loved one’s addictive behavior accelerates due to the added stress. The sooner that an intervention is done, the sooner help will be provided, and you can all look forward to a much happier holiday next year, with sobriety a much more pleasant presence to be around than the negativity of an addiction.