What Do You Do if A Loved One Needs an Intervention?

What Do You Do if A Loved One Needs an Intervention?

When stepping in can save a life.

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I watch the A&E; TV show Intervention on a regular basis, and the stories are both sad and frightening. There are so many things that can trigger someone to become an addict, and once they begin it's very, very hard to stop.

So what if you have a loved one that needs help? How do you pull off your very own intervention?

Form a Group

Who's going to participate in the intervention? Who's going to help plan it? There should be a specific group, although not everyone who helps with planning has to participate.

It can be helpful to have a professional present at the intervention, or you could choose to consult a professional during the planning but not have them physically attend. It depends on how big the group is and how likely you are to need an outside perspective.

Having one or more non-family members present can be helpful, though, especially if things get heated. A more neutral point of view can help keep everyone calm.

Know the Situation

Even though you may be angry at your addicted friend or loved one, remember that there's always a reason that they began taking drugs. Drugs tend to be an escape mechanism from pain.

What painful events has your friend or loved one faced? Have they been abused? Dealt with death or divorce? Had a bankruptcy or other financial embarrassment?

Knowing the core of the matter can help you be compassionate instead of angry, and if you address these core problems you may be able to get through an addict's defensiveness.

Find a Good Treatment Facility

Part of the strategy of a good intervention is to not give the addict a chance to change their mind once they agree to treatment. They should be moved as quickly as possible to the treatment facility.

Finding a good facility can be difficult since it shouldn't be too close to home. Everlast Recovery can be a great option since it's set in a beautiful location in California.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) can also be a very valuable resource. It's essential to have a facility selected before the intervention.

Plan Statements and Consequences

There to need to be clear, and often severe, consequences if an addict decides to stay on drugs. Perhaps they will be cut off from the family, or you will report them to social services so their children can be in a safer environment.

Have each person make notes about specific instances of problems, how they feel about the behavior, and how much they want the addict to get help. Some members of the team may want to simply write out their statement as a letter.

Do a Practice Run

Of course, the addict should not know about the intervention until it happens. However, the rest of the group should have one or more practice runs so that they can rehearse their statements. It's also important to practice emotional control.

You can have someone from the planning group stand in for the addict, and you may want to work through more than one scenario about how he or she might react.

Having a calm, united front will be vital on the day the actual intervention occurs.

Hold the Intervention and Follow Up

The intervention should be secret from the addict until the last minute. Once the person does or doesn't agree to go to treatment, the consequences should be immediate. This means an immediate trip to the facility or immediate negative consequences from family and friends.

Don't shy away from carrying out your ultimatums. When you're serious, they may reconsider!

Having a family or friend struggling with addiction is very hard. An intervention may save their life. Don't wait another day – get started!

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My Grandmother Was Right, 'There Is Never A Reason To Be Bored'

In our world with endless stimulation because of our constant technology use, it is hard for us to be content with doing nothing.

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"I'm bored," were the two words that, while I was growing up, would absolutely pierce the ears of my grandmother. "There is no reason for you to be bored!" Meme would snap back. Annoyed at the time with her comment, my youthful mind could not wrap around the concept of not being bored. If I didn't have a game to play, or a craft to make, or a show to watch, how could she not understand that I was indeed, bored?

Luckily, my childhood just barely missed the wave of entertainment on a portable rectangular screen. I liked to play, read, create, etc. I think that because of the technological advancements that became popular in my preteen years, I was able to adjust to that in a different way than I would have if I had been indulged in it at an earlier age. To this day, however, I still find myself feeling "bored," most likely because of this new adapted culture of constant stimulation that we have.

Sometimes I feel like all I ever do are things I have to do.

Scrolling through social media can even feel like a chore to me. When I find myself not feeling content with the state of entertainment I'm in, I have flashbacks to my childhood of the words of my grandmother. When my sister and I complained to her about being bored, my Meme would become somewhat upset, but more so influential. She always pushed the act of reading a book to us two Disney Channel advocates- we never really liked the idea of turning off "That's So Raven" or "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody."

Her insight, though, is useful in my life today. Sometimes it is good to get a break from technology.

There is so much life to live, see, and do outside of our screens. In addition, there is no reason to be bored. I would go to say that our love for technology is actually making this state of mind so prevalent in our culture. We expect to be constantly entertained and our minds just cannot understand the idea of doing "nothing." It is so easy for us to complain about it, too.

There are so many places to go, people to see, things to do, but sometimes, it is necessary to just be still (check Psalm 46:10). Sometimes it is good to ignore the "thank you, next" feeling we get in our everyday life with entertainment. We want, so much, to go onto the next thing.

When you find yourself feeling bored, or just not content with where you are or who you're with or what you are doing, the best thing to do may just be to take a deep breath- it is okay to not always be doing the most fun or cool thing, which is hard because of the jealousy and fear of missing out that social media causes us. Most importantly - there is truly never a reason to be bored.

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How to Fail in Business – When You’re Really Trying

You can try so hard - and mess it all up. Learn how not to!

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I've been working my business full-time for almost four years. Despite my hard work, my business very nearly failed.

I made a lot of mistakes that lead to this. I want to share those with you, so that you can learn from what I did – and have better success than my business has had.

Wait Too Long to Make the Leap

I was in a very comfortable, stable, and BORING day job. I had dead-ended in my career years before I finally had the courage to leave.

68% of employees in corporate jobs are disengaged. I was one of those folks. I had my business as a side-hustle, and it provided additional income. But I waited three years before I took my business full time!

Why?

Honestly, I let fear and security win the day – until I was truly desperate and HAD to leave. And unfortunately, that led to my second mistake.

Leave Your Job Without Savings

So, while I was comfortable, I wasn't building my income. I let myself get lazy – even though I had a business on the side. It was very difficult to prospect at night when all I wanted to was veg.

Plus, at the same time I was running my side-hustle, I was dating and eventually marrying my husband. That took a lot of energy, and I was more interested in spending time with him than in building my uncertain business.

As a result, when I finally reached my absolute limit and finally gave my two-week notice, I didn't have a cushion saved up. I had a retirement account – and I used it entirely the first year of my business.

Not recommended.

Fall For All the Marketing

I'll tell you the honest truth. It's really hard to resist the temptation to spend like crazy when you have your own business.

I had excellent credit. (HAD.) As a result, I was approved for a strong credit limit on my business credit card. And I took full advantage!

A lot of this had to do with the fact that I fell for a LOT of marketing messages. You know all the folks that say, "I built my business 1000% in one month using these five strategies?"

They're lying!

If I had realized that MUCH earlier, that alone could have helped my business stay a lot more healthy.

Here's the dirty truth – they grew their business 1000% by preying on the uncertainty of beginning business owners like you. They'll give you some generic strategies in their course – assuming you even finish it. But your results will not be theirs, because you're not following the REAL business model.

I also liked the feeling of traveling to business conferences. And those conference hotels are NOT cheap. I whipped out the credit card, oblivious. Oh – and business conferences are one more giant sales pitch. Don't fall for it.

Finding Your Footing

I made all of these mistakes, and my business is still alive. It's very rough and my family is in a deep hole. At this point I only qualify for the types of credit cards Bonsai Finance recommends for folks with bad credit. But I'm still kicking!

A lot of what I did to right the ship was to get back to my core service – freelance writing – and stop chasing every other "success story" out there. I started ignoring the marketing messages. I stopped believing the "I can show you a way to easy money," lies.

If you've found yourself struggling in your business, you may be making these mistakes. Hopefully this article has given you some clarity so you can see the way out!

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